Based on data and transparency, Quadpack aims to continuously improve the sustainability of its product portfolio
Sustainability is a long-term commitment with innovation, transparency and change. As a packaging manufacturer and provider, Quadpack is directing the sustainable transformation of its portfolio through its ‘positive-impact packaging’ strategy. By using data-based assessment tools to measure products’ carbon footprint, circularity and other key performance indicators, the strategy brings more accountability to Quadpack’s sustainable innovations.
“Positive-impact packaging is a long-term journey that aims to better inform our clients,” says Lyne Hélène Bouchard, Quadpack Sustainability Champion. “But above all, it’s a commitment with the future. Our ultimate goal is to give back to the environment more than what we took.”
Quadpack has opted for the LCA (life-cycle assessment) tool to measure indicators such as water consumption, waste and pollution. Key LCA pillars are being considered for the strategy, circularity and carbon footprints being the most important ones.
What’s more, reduction of CO2 and an increase in circularity are part of the voluntary commitments which are to be found in a number of European sustainability initiatives, such as the Worldwide New Plastics Pact – Ellen McArthur, the European Plastics Pact, the EU Plastics Strategy (2030), Pacte National sur les Emballages Plastiques (France) and the UK Plastics Pact. All stipulate PCR* content, as well as effective recycling, reusability, compostability and more.
As transparency is one of the foundations of its strategy, Quadpack created a rating system based on LCA assessment and sustainability attributes that will be available for all its Q-Line products. Ranging from a minimal level of sustainability to positive-impact packaging, the rating will shed light upon every pack’s environmental credentials. The considered sustainable attributes are:
Reduce: reduced amount of material used or the amount of energy used to produce it.
Reuse: refill system or reusable format.
Replace: materials replaced with sustainable alternatives like recyclable and/or biodegradable sources.
Recycled material: packs made of post-consumer recycled material.
Recycle: recyclable packs.
Biodegradable: packs that can disintegrate without leaving microplastics behind.
“Knowledge is power. The LCA assessment, our partners and initiatives that are being put in place are helping us on our journey to positive-impact packaging. The aim is to create packs that will have as little impact as possible on the environment and guide our customers to the best of our knowledge with their own sustainable transformation,” says Bouchard.
We invite you to read more about positive-impact people and positive-impact processes, the other two axes of Quadpack’s sustainability strategy.
* Post-consumer recycled
Understanding the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation proposal
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Microplastics found in Mediterranean sea turtles
Ocean plastic pollution is one of the great environmental challenges faced by the packaging industry. Quadpack Foundation supported an ongoing study by Barcelona-based marine rescue centre CRAM Foundation to gather information on the extent of the problem.
2022 saw a new collaboration chapter open for long-term partners Quadpack and Natura Bissé. United by their wish to support educational projects, both companies put their corporate foundations at the service of teachers and children in the Catalonia region of Spain through ‘Project Difference’, led by Fundación Ricardo Fisas Natura Bissé.
Quadpack extends sustainable decoration
Full-cover hotfoil stamping has now been incorporated into the decoration portfolio of Quadpack. Following the acquisition of decoration specialist Stefan Wicklein Kunststoffveredelung GmbH, the company has become one of the few expert providers worldwide of this complex technique.
2023: a year of transformation and commitment to make a positive impact
2022 has been quite a year for Quadpack! Our revenues have been skyrocketing after two years of deep impact due to COVID, with mid-year results showing a 58% improvement in our revenue and doubling our EBITDA. This regained momentum confirms the strength of our business model and our ability to find unique solutions for our customers.
The power of volunteering
Quadpack Manufacturing Quality Manager Claudia Barros always wanted to volunteer in a social project but never had the chance until she joined the company a year ago. During her onboarding in Barcelona, she was introduced to the Quadpack Foundation. Since then, she’s been involved in three different projects, helping young people build their skill sets and career plans.
Quadpack inaugurates decoration centre in Germany
Quadpack has officially opened its new decoration centre at its manufacturing plant in Kierspe, Germany. Already a centre of excellence for PET injection and airless packaging manufacture, the factory now boasts a 900m2 facility with five high-capacity decorating lines and 11 assembly machines.
Quadpack sets up laboratory services in the Americas
Beauty brands in the Americas now have access to testing services of their packaging at Quadpack’s facilities in Dallas, Texas. The service adds a further level of quality control, as Quadpack seeks to offer solutions in the region, for the region.
Quadpackers volunteer for youth inclusion
Eight Quadpackers from France have engaged in a volunteer project to help young people prepare for the job market. The project is part of Pro'Pulse, a free preparatory course with a personalised and comprehensive approach that facilitates access to apprenticeship for young people without qualifications.
Quadpack receives EcoVadis Gold Medal for sustainability performance
Quadpack has been awarded a Gold Medal by EcoVadis, the global, independent rating agency for sustainability management. The beauty packaging provider has improved its score thanks to its policies and actions in ethics, labour & human rights, environment and sustainable procurement.
Innovative collaboration for microplastics research
Quadpack Foundation has partnered with UAB Research Park to support scientific research on microplastics and their effects on people and the environment. The foundation sponsored the 12th edition of Generació d’Idees, an initiative that aims to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation culture among researchers and doctoral students, connecting them with the current challenges of industries.
Pioneering 3D printing technology produces functional, ultra-realistic models
Quadpack has expanded the 3D modelling capability at its UK-based rapid prototyping centre. Following an upgrade to Stratasys’ J850 Prime 3D printer, it is now working with new materials to offer new finishes, textures and Pantone colours. The current setup enables it to produce fully-functional models that look more realistic than ever.
Structural measures reinforce good governance at Quadpack
Quadpack’s governance structure has been strengthened at board level, with the appointment of its first independent members. In addition, three new committees have been created focused on sustainability, audit and risk, and remunerations and nominations.
From dreams to reality: youth innovation in sustainable packaging
For the fourth consecutive year, Quadpack collaborates with Elisava design school on students’ final degree projects. The graduate project gives Quadpack unique insights into the minds of the next generation, bringing fresh thinking to industry issues, while supporting young designers as they embark on their career.
Fostering innovation with creative young talent
Imagine a fragrance accessory that is both an aromatherapy device and a bold fashion statement. Too futuristic and conceptual? Perhaps – but this product exists, has a name and a creator: ‘NI’ was developed in 2018 by designer Amaia Aranzabal as a final-year project at the prestigious Elisava design and engineering school in Barcelona, Spain. The challenge for that year’s graduating class had been set by Quadpack, partnering with Elisava for the first time.
Sharing value by supporting the community
From May to July, 13 volunteers from Quadpack went to the Casal dels Infants’ headquarters, in Barcelona, to share their knowledge and professional experiences with 18 people at risk of social exclusion. While Casal dels Infants covers the behavioural component of the training, the technical subjects are taught by experts – volunteers that work in organisations like Quadpack.
Collaboration marks Quadpack’s Asian expansion plans
Quadpack has appointed Korean packaging manufacturer LM as ‘Quadpack Official Partner’, to help accelerate its penetration of the Asian market. Along with the agreement with Yuga in China announced in February, Quadpack is establishing partnerships in a new, regional operating model designed to help build the Quadpack brand.
Quadpack embarks on Industry 4.0
Smart manufacturing is opening a whole new world of opportunities for Quadpack. After months of pilot tests, the beauty packaging manufacturer and provider is launching its Industry 4.0 project at the Quadpack Wood plant. The wooden components factory now has 63 machines connected by Internet of Things (IoT) devices that will provide real-time data, giving process visibility and efficiency control of the equipment.
Quadpack scores ‘Leading’ APCO sustainability rating in Australia
Quadpack’s sustainability performance rated highly in the 2021 Annual Report of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation. The score reflects the implementation of Quadpack's sustainability strategy, a new framework set in motion at the start of 2020.
New investments put Quadpack at the forefront of smart manufacturing
Increased manufacturing capabilities are one of Quadpack’s priorities for the next four years. By 2025, the beauty packaging provider aims to lead innovations in airless and sustainable products, offering solutions “in the region, for the region”. With a clear strategy and a roadmap in mind, Quadpack’s Operations team has the mission of strengthening its industrial capacity through ambitious investments that are being globally deployed.
Quadpack sets its sights on China with Yuga partnership
The growth of the Chinese cosmetics industry has prompted Quadpack to commence a commercial push into the domestic market. An agreement with long-term partner Yuga will allow Quadpack to offer its Q-Line range to brands seeking the quality, performance and distinction of products ‘Made in Europe’.
2021: It’s time to embrace the change and build a better future for all our stakeholders!
2020 came as a ‘stress test’ to all businesses and industries, ours being no exception. The challenges, however, helped us evolve as a business and as individuals. As the year draws to a close, I’m grateful to our team, our clients, our banks and our partners for what 2020 brought us: more resilience, collaboration and empathy.
- Jo Webb
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