VISALIA – A Visalia packaging company has earned itself a prestigious international certification, which allows it to manufacture products that have been classified as advanced recycled.
Pregis LLC produces high-performance flexible packaging. The company has locations across the U.S. and in Europe. On Nov. 16, the company’s Visalia, Hopkinsville and Kentucky locations received International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS.
“The International Sustainability and Carbon Certification is a multi-stakeholder initiative and leading certification system supporting sustainable, fully traceable, deforestation-free and climate-friendly supply chains,” Pregis said in an email to the Times.
According to a new release from Medical Design and Outsourcing, the certification establishes chain-of-custody traceability (tracking) from raw materials to finished products.
In the new release, Pregis Chief Sustainability Officer Ryan Wolcott explained the importance of the ISCC PLUS certification for the facilities.
“Obtaining ISCC PLUS certifications for two additional facilities is a pivotal step in furthering our circular economy goals,” said Wolcott. “This step represents one more path toward overcoming plastic waste and our goals of incorporating recycled content into our products through both mechanically recycled and advanced recycled sources.”
According to Pregis, the ISCC recognized the company’s plastic films they use in various packaging products. What sets apart Pregis’ film from those of their competitors is the fact the Pregis product is produced from recycled plastic resin, as opposed to being created from virgin resin. By using recycled plastic, Pregis cuts down on the need to create more plastic.
The Visalia facility mentioned in the press release has 116 employees. The facility dates back to 1991.
Regarding the facility being recognized by the ISCC, Pregis said in an emailed statement that the Visalia facility’s journey to its ISCC certification involved a lot of preparation and strategic planning. The company accomplished this feat by establishing rigorous tracking and tracing systems, adhering to ISCC’s robust standards and resulting in a success, as the facility passed an onsite audit.
“This achievement showcases our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable production,” Pregis said via statement. “The certification process is outlined in more detail on the ISCC website.”
The Visalia location produces e-commerce packaging used by companies like Amazon. It also produces specialized packaging for various industries, including automotive, aerospace, and agriculture. The Visalia facility is the company’s largest producer of agriculture packaging products.\