Sustainability

At Indepak
Indepak is located in Portland, Oregon, a center of environmental innovation.  Indepak was reducing, re-using and recycling long before it was popular or required. We go beyond ISO 14001 requirements, resulting in a very low-waste operation in every part of the company. This makes sense for all stakeholders and assures that our company, customers, suppliers and community will be sustainable for the long-term.

GREAT Awards Composite ShadowWe have received environmental awards from our City including the Gresham Great Recycler and Great Business awards.

Environmental Policy
“Indepak is concerned about the natural environment, the health and safety of our employees and the livability of our community. To this end we are committed to continuously striving to minimize the impact of our activities on the environment.”

In Packaging
We offer a variety of post-consumer grade materials, and are experienced in the design and production of trap-blisters and other plastic / paper / pulp combination designs. Nearly all of the materials we use are recyclable.  Further, materials that we use are compliant with regulations such as REACH, RoHS and EICC. We are a registered user of the BOMcheck system.

For Our People
Our emphasis and investment in health and safety has minimized lost-time accidents. We invest in the wellness of our employees through benefit plans, work/life balance policies, ongoing training and by investing in family-enhancing seminars and workshops. Read more about the people and culture at Indepak.

Supply Chain
Supply Chain Management is part of our sustainability commitment. We support this in multiple ways. We ask our primary suppliers to sign corporate responsibility agreements such as the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Code of Conduct. Also, our suppliers are committed to following the REACH legislation from the European Chemical Agency. Many of the materials that we use have recycled content. We are continually researching new suppliers and materials to bring offer renewable and Bio-based solutions to our customers.

Industry Terms

  • Bio-Based - commercial or industrial products (other than food or feed) that are composed in whole, or in significant part, of biological products, renewable agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials), or forestry materials. (Source: 2002 Farm Bill,)
  • Biomass - a renewable energy source derived from grasses, plants, algae, trees and organisms that can be converted into fuel, chemicals and polymers
  • Bio-degradable plastic - plastic that undergoes biodegradation, a process in which degradation results from the action of naturally occurring micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, and algae and is regulated by ASTM D6400
  • Bioplastics - Plastic that is biodegradable or has bio-based content or both.
  • Oxo-Biodegradation - biodegradability that requires Oxygen and UV light or heat to biodegrade
  • Compostable Plastic - plastic that undergoes degradation by biological processes during composting to yield CO2, water, inorganic compounds, and biomass at a rate consistent with other known compostable materials and leaves no visible, distinguishable or toxic residue within a 180 day period and is reported on a pass fail basis.
  • Degradable Plastic - plastic designed to undergo a significant change in its chemical structure under specific environmental conditions, resulting in a loss of some properties that may be measured by standard test methods appropriate to the plastic and the application in a period of time that determines its classification.
  • R.E.A.C.H. - the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances.
  • Recycled ContentUnder the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 16,part 260  (16 CFR 260) the FTC rules section 260 “A recycled content claim may be made only for materials that have been recovered or otherwise diverted from the solid waste stream, either during the manufacturing process (pre-consumer), or after consumer use (post-consumer). To the extent the source of recycled content includes pre-consumer material, the manufacturer or advertiser must have substantiation for concluding that the pre-consumer material would otherwise have entered the solid waste stream.

 

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