Flexible packaging is by nature more environmentally friendly than its rigid counterparts. Flexible packaging uses less energy, less natural resources, and less CO2 than bottles, cans, and tubs, and in most cases protects the product just as well. At Multifilm Packaging, we go one step further. We are committed to being a good citizen. In every decision we make, we take into consideration the impact on the planet, its people, our customers, and our employees. We constantly strive to lower our environmental footprint through investments, R&D, and continuous improvements.
In 2008, we started a comprehensive program to reduce our environmental impact by using geothermal energy to heat and cool our plant. The idea is fairly simple; cool our plant and machinery in the summer, and heat it in the winter with energy from the ground. We pump water from the ground at a temperature of around 52⁰ F and power our AC system and cool our machinery. We use the same water in the winter to heat the plant. The system has reduced Multifilm’s environmental footprint by over 31 percent. We are the only manufacturer in North America to use geothermal energy to this extent.
Multifilm Packaging has been a zero waste-to-landfill facility since 2011. Our biggest waste stream is plastic scrap in various stages of production, and roughly half of our plastic scrap is recycled into molded storage boxes. Materials that cannot be recycled are converted to incineration pellets and sent to municipal incineration plants for energy.
Over the last 30 years or so, the EPA and other air quality agencies throughout the United States have developed rules that require capture and control of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) generated by manufacturing processes in order to improve air quality. Multifilm has always been ahead of the curve, employing techniques to destroy more VOC’s than the EPA requires. We have a state-of-the-art regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) that has a destruction rate of well over 98 percent.