Smurfit Kappa’s Vitop plant the first to be certified ISCC PLUS

5 March 2021

Although Bag-in-Box is already a very sustainable packaging, by enabling considerable plastic and CO2 reduction, Smurfit Kappa is continuing to focus effort on raw material innovations, especially by incorporating recycled or bio-based resins to our taps and bags, where the food safety regulations allow it. One of the main steps of this initiative has been recently achieved with the ISCC PLUS certification.

The Vitop facility in Alessandria, Italy, that produces the best-selling Vitop® original taps for Bag-in-Box is proud to be the first plant in the Bag-in-Box industry to be ISCC Plus certified. The certification recognises that Vitop’s industrial processes and standards comply with the chain of custody of these bio-based and recycled resins.

ISCC is a globally applicable sustainability certification system and covers all sustainable feedstocks, including bio-based and recycled resins and plastic packaging. With currently over 4,600 valid certificates in more than 100 countries, ISCC is among the world’s largest certification systems. It has been developed through an open multi-stakeholder process and is governed by an association with more than 160 members, including research institutes and NGO’s.

Receiving the new certificate will give Smurfit Kappa the opportunity to launch pilot projects with its customers and incorporate resins issued from chemical recycling into their taps and bags in the near future.

Throughout every aspect of its Group operations, Smurfit Kappa prioritises the need to minimise the impact on the environment in relation to its materials, technologies and quality control employed during the manufacturing process right through to supply, distribution and recycling.

Smurfit Kappa occupies the leadership position for Bag-in-Box solutions in Europe by providing a complete packaging system with films, accessories, bags, taps and filling lines.