- Sustainable Solutions
At Elevate Packaging, we pride ourselves on utilizing state-of-the-art technology
to create world class eco friendly packaging solutions.
Sustainable • Recycled • Compostable • Natural • Organic
We're proud to be the most trusted source for sustainable packaging. Since our company founding in 2000, we have been fully dedicated to sustainable packaging solutions. Now with an added specialty in compostable packaging. If packaging is not truly and authentically sustainable we do not carry it. It is that simple. This mission has served us well over the years. Our customers trust we will always offer the very best in every category of sustainable boxes, bags, and labels.
We are sustainable packaging industry experts. Our clients have access to the leading sustainable packaging innovations and developments - allowing them to do better for themselves while helping improve our planet. Transparency and authenticity are at the core of how we do business. We can provide valuable advice and direction, or work hand-in-hand with a brand seeking an innovative sustainable solution.
We sincerely hope the facts covered here provide enough information to fully describe our sustainability efforts, both with our product offerings and our company culture. If you have any unanswered questions, though, simply ask us, and we will do our best to provide you with the answers you need. It is our ultimate goal to be your sustainable packaging company!
There is an important difference between the terms biodegradable and compostable. These terms can be misunderstood and confused. At the Federal and State level, there are guidelines and laws. TheFTC's Summary of Green Guides is a valuable reference. The Federal Trade Commission states that all item marketed as biodegradable must break down in a reasonablyshort period of time after customary disposal - about 1 year.
When it comes to compostable claims, the rules are clear: An item must meet one of two ASTM tests. ASTM D6400 or ASTM D6868. A certification is a sure fire way to know the item has is tested by a company other than the one manufacturing or selling the item. All our products have certified compostable papers, films, and adhesives. Many of the items are also certified as backyard compostable. To find a composter near you, visit findacomposter.com. If you happen to throw an item that is sold as compostable into your backyard compost bin, it may take a long time for the composting process to occur. A professionally managed facility veryclosely controls the heat and moisture level of the material which aids and accelerates the process.
Elevate Packaging remains up to date with laws and all products are in full compliance. Additionally, some states have implemented their own policies and laws. In the state of California plastic bags may not be marketed as "biodegradable", "degradable", or "decomposable", and must comply with ASTM D 6400-04 standard specification to be marketed as "compostable" or "marine degradable". The only sure fire way is to ask the manufacturer for a third party certification document. This certification should not be one generated by the company itself. It should be from an accredited third party such as the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), Din Certco, Vinçotte, or other reputable third party. The American Chemistry Council performed a study and determined that most consumers feel the time frame for biodegradation should be 1 year or less to make those claims. Do the research to fully understand what is exactly going to happen to the product upon disposal.
Find a composter here: www.findacomposter.com (opens in a new tab)
Many packaging items are recycled after they have served their primary purpose, so it is important to ensure all components of the packaging are truly recyclable. This may seem obvious but there may be paper labels which do not have a recycle-compatible adhesive.
In making our PURE Label product, and all other packaging, we consider the intended end-of-life for each packaging solution and ensure the entire packaging system can be recycled or composted. We do this by manufacturing and providing clients with each component - bag, box, or label - each aligned with the end-of-life goal. To learn more about how to confirm your packaging system complies with the end-of-life goals of your company.
Abundant and Renewable Raw Materials
Our first packaging solutions were based upon tree-free abundant and renewable raw materials. When we started out in 2000 packaging produced with high recycled content was not common. We used papers made from pulps derived from manila hemp (abaca), water hyacinth, and mulberry. This was a way to preserve forests, use invasive plants, and provide a new eco-friendly packaging solution which could also be recycled easily. Much has changed for the better. There is now a wide range of sustainable papers. To this day we continue to use manila hemp and sugarcane plant fiber waste for some packaging items.
We consider every aspect of what we do when it comes to being a leader in sustainability.
Here are some things we do to be able to produce and internally operate our business as responsibly as possible:
Print with vegetable ink
Manufacture with wind energy
Design efficient packaging solutions that ship with low footprints
Find ways to reduce or eliminate the use of materials
Efficient shipping to save money and our carbon footprint by consolidating shipments
Minimize energy waste and improve efficiencies in our office
When packing materials are in good condition, re-use them when shipping outbound
Since our founding in 2000, we remain steadfast and dedicated to providing world-class innovative sustainable packaging. We strive to Change Packaging, FOR GOOD!