About 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, which is why the earth is also called “the blue planet.” Greiner Packaging is committed to protecting this planet and its inhabitants. That is why sustainability is very important to us and does not just start with the final product. Rather, it is much more important to us to see the big picture.
“Blue packaging” or sustainable packaging is our promise to act in an ecological, economical, and socially responsible manner toward the environment, society, and toward our customers. That is because, as we see it, sustainable development is possible only by implementing all three aspects simultaneously.
Our environment is our past and our present, and we must all ensure that it still has a future in store for us! Greiner Packaging gladly accepts this responsibility!
As an industrial enterprise, it is very important for us to emphasize visible and sustainable aspects. We do not just respond to environmental changes - we make it our goal to act proactively. This effort is focused on three core sectors:
There are many ways to save CO2: Short delivery distances, reuse of released energy sources, renewable energies, etc. And the measures we take at Greiner Packaging benefit not just the environment, but the company as well. Our commitment even benefits external partners and neighbors of Greiner Packaging's industrial sites!
Some examples from Greiner Packaging sites:
In 2014, Greiner Packaging Austria signed the klima:aktiv pakt2020. As an official pact partner, the company voluntarily entered into a binding commitment to comply with the Austrian climate protection goals.
These are: to reduce CO2 by 16%, to increase energy efficiency by 20%, to meet at least 34% of total energy needs using renewable sources of energy, and to achieve a 10% share of renewable energy sources in the mobility sector.
A school in this town is being heated entirely at no cost using the waste heat from the adjacent Greiner Packaging plant.
Greiner Packaging Switzerland heats its entire administration building, a nearby asparagus field, and also supplies energy into the district heating network of Diepoldsau using the waste heat from air compressors.
Greiner Packaging is working hard on raw material alternatives, such as D-PET. As a large firm, we also want to provide direction and support the use of alternative raw materials as soon as these are ready for the market - the key word is PLA.
The health of consumers is particularly important to us in the use of our materials. Two years before the EU banned the use of polycarbonate (PC) in baby bottles in 2011, Greiner Packaging was already manufacturing these sensitive products BPA-free. All products for the food industry have been BPA-free at Greiner Packaging since 2014.
Plastic packaging is the daily business of Greiner Packaging. If not here, then where should acting sustainably be a top priority?
Greiner Packaging is working to keep the plastic content of its packaging as low as possible. This form of ecological packaging is not just environmentally sound, it's also efficient. Our cardboard-plastic-combinations cups have proven to be particularly sustainable. They score high environmentally due to their excellent co₂ balance. The cardboard wrap can be made of renewable raw materials or recycled materials. End consumers can simply detach the cardboard wrap from the plastic cup and dispose of them separately leading to particularly environmentally friendly plastic packaging.
Packaging is an eye-catcher that puts the product in the spotlight at point of sale. But the main task of packaging, even that of ecological packaging, is to protect its contents. The barrier technologies of Greiner Packaging, which offer optimum product protection for food, are a particularly innovative solution. Using a barrier layer greatly improves the shelf life of foods, making it possible to dispense with the use of preservatives. This not only benefits consumers’ health but also prevents unnecessary food wastage.
Greiner Packaging can look back on a long company history characterized by steady growth. For us, sustainable company management means long-term entrepreneurial thinking! This gives us a sense of responsibility toward our customers, our employees, and our natural environment. We offer our customers supply security, and our employees secure jobs and fair working conditions! As for sustainability, we place special importance on the relationship between ecological action and economical use. Contrary to the traditional point of view, corporate environmental protection measures at Greiner Packaging are seen as potential areas for economic sustainability. This approach provides a win-win situation that results in reduced ecological burdens and greater economic benefits.
As a native Austrian and sustainable company, Greiner Packaging sets a high bar for working conditions and safety standards not only at home, but at all of its international sites as well.
At the same time, Greiner Packaging is aware of the great significance of regionality! Each site must be seen as being part of a region. We place great value on this by creating secure jobs that will contribute to the economic and social welfare of the regions where the sites are located.