Coopbox Group is a leading European enterprise in the food packaging industry
and has always taken a keen interest in the environmental problems that any type of industrial process
and product inevitably create.

Environmental Liability

Coopbox implements two strategies to improve the environmental sustainability of its products and processes:

Improvement of the environmental profile of the Products:
our product development activities have always focused on reducing the amount of raw materials used by adopting technologies able to preserve the performance and functionality of our packaging while reducing its weight. In addition, on-going research into new materials has allowed us to create the first biodegradable and compostable tray in PLA (polylactic acid), a polymer obtained by processing fully renewable sources. The challenge is now to “close the circle”, i.e. create packaging completely made from recycled plastic materials obtained from domestic waste.

Concluded actions:
  • Analysis of the carbon footprint of food trays manufactured in the Dynaplast factory in Madrid, Spain (6% reduction of the carbon footprint of rigid trays in transparent PET - Data from the Carbon Zero Project by Studio Alfa s.r.l.)
  • New tray for ready meals (weighs 39% less than the trays normally used in the sector - Data from the CONAI 2013 Prevention Dossier)
  • C.I.C. certification (Italian Composting Association) of the compostability requirements of the PLA trays in accordance with UNI/EN13432

Actions in progress:
  • Use of PET from the separate waste collection of plastic bottles for manufacturing transparent PET food trays (the reduction of carbon emissions is currently being assessed)
  • Development of software for analysing the life cycle of the packaging in support of the eco-design processes conducted by the research and development division (the development work is still in progress)

Improvement of the environmental profile of our activities:
the technological improvements undergone by our production processes have always been focused on reducing the consumption of natural resources and energy. Among other issues, all our investments in machinery and equipment are selected on the basis of the energy saving they are able to obtain in relation to the state of the art of the current technology. Much attention has also been paid to managing waste correctly and an increasing part of the waste is now being recycled.

Concluded actions:
  • Direct current motors have been replaced by high efficiency alternating current motors
  • The amount of renewable energy produced in the Group's Spanish facilities has increased
Actions in progress:
  • Waste sorting is increasing in the offices and departments of all the factories in the Group
  • Energy audits are being performed in our factories of Madrid (Spain), Lorca (Spain) and Bibbiano (Italy)
  • As from the 2014 budget, inclusion of environmental benefits in the return on investment analysis for all supplementary maintenance on production systems