Sustainable production of packaging materials
Carccu produces environmentally-friendly packaging materials through eco-friendly methods
We manufacture eco-packaging materials using environmentally-friendly methods, and take the environment into account in all our activities – from start to finish. . Our operations are embedded in responsible and ethically sound practices, and we are also actively creating better packaging options to replace the less environmentally friendly alternatives. We want to be a pioneer of genuinely environmentally-friendly practices.
Our extensive product range includes environmentally friendly and recyclable materials. We favour fossil-free energy, reuse as much surplus material as possible, and promote the circular economy.
We only use responsibly sourced and environmentally-friendly materials in our production and strive to minimise production waste and the environmental impact of our processes at every stage. As a result, all production waste is recycled, and only household waste ends up in landfills. We provide our customers with high quality products in small batches, as this helps reduce waste at both ends of the value chain. Many of the products we manufacture are recyclable or biodegradable.
High quality and environmentally-friendly inks
We use only environmentally-friendly and high-quality water-based inks for package printing, and the inks we use comply with the Swiss Ordinance. Using water-based inks benefits the environment and is a way to prevent the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). We also use powerful flexographic printing machines and have an agile production process. These factors ensure we produce paper packaging cost-effectively and in an eco-friendly way. Waste inks are mixed into black pigment, which can then be used to print kraft paper, and the waste inks from this process are dried to minimize the amount of waste.
Production waste is recycled
We use various methods, including recycling, as part of our aim to minimize the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. We have been successful in this area, and, for example, our overall recycling rate was 71% in 2020. But we want to do even better, and our goal is to further reduce the amount of landfill waste we generate. That’s why we invest in recycling and are constantly developing new products from production surpluses.
We currently recycle more than 70% of our production waste. Of this, 66% is reused by being reprocessed into new products. Any waste that is unsuitable for further processing is incinerated to generate heat and electricity.
We deliver any wastepaper and cardboard generated in production to the paper mill, where it is used to make new paper. In turn, this paper is made into paper cores that we use in our production. We strive to keep materials in circulation for as long as possible. This is a circular economy at its best!
We spare the environment by using existing materials as long as possible instead of constantly producing new ones. We also sell some of the usable surplus material generated in production to other companies as packaging materials. All metal and plastic waste is also recycled. Inks are delivered to us in metal barrels, and all our empty barrels are used by another company in their own production. The rest of the metal waste is recycled to be used in metal industry and for manufacturing new products.
We save energy by using climate-friendly electricity
While recycling and using environmentally friendly materials in production is very important, we can also operate in an environmentally sound manner in many other ways as well. These include various energy saving measures and using fossil-free energy. We have used LED lights – more energy efficient and more environmentally friendly than traditional alternatives – in our facilities since 2012. We use climate-neutral, fossil-free electricity in our production, which means that it doesn’t increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. On top of these measures, we are constantly looking for new areas to make energy savings in.