ISCC Accreditation Underlines Berry Healthcare Bangalore's Sustainability Credentials
Berry Healthcare Bangalore, India facility has achieved International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC) Plus accreditation. This enables the site to sell to Healthcare customers ISCC Plus certified packaging and plastic components that contribute to a circular economy approach based on advanced recycling and mass balance.
ISCC is a globally applicable sustainability certification system, covering all sustainable feedstocks, including agricultural and forestry biomass, circular materials and renewables, based on advanced recycling mass balance. Mass balance is an accepted and certified protocol that documents and tracks recycled content from supplier through to final delivery to customers.
The certification of the Bangalore factory is in line with the Ellen MacArthur foundation’s view that Mass Balance is an important element in the move to a circular economy. With this certification customers of Berry Bangalore can attest to their usage of certified circular polymers* throughout, from the initial feedstock, through advanced recycling process and manufacturing of the polymers, to conversion by Berry Healthcare into the final product. Strict traceability and verification are carried out by independent third-party auditors at each stage of the manufacturing process.
The availability of this advanced recycling resin in both circular PP and PE enables the Berry Healthcare Bangalore site to help meet customer requirements for sustainable products and packaging, offering a range of solutions for pharmaceutical and drug delivery applications containing a high percentage of recycled material, from 30% to 100% and in items where this has previously been difficult to achieve.
This supports customers’ own sustainability commitments and helps them meet the requirements of forthcoming legislation, including the EU Plastic Packaging Levy and the UK’s Plastic Packaging Tax. Importantly, because the advanced recycled resin has the same properties as virgin material, there is no need for any qualification tests.
Jasraj Singh, Berry Bangalore Plant Director comments: “Having this certification enables us to offer our customers certified circular polymer in products and markets such as pharmaceuticals and drug delivery where we have not previously been able to offer recycled content.”
The Berry Healthcare sites within Europe and India will be certified to ISCC Plus in the coming months, giving the company’s global and local customers greater access to this advanced material.
The accreditation is also fully aligned with Berry’s Impact 2025 sustainability strategy. This seeks to work with customers to develop solutions that minimise a product’s environmental impact, focusing on areas such as enhancing its recyclability and the increasing incorporation of post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin, along with Berry’s own commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2025 versus the company’s 2016 baseline.
“We are proud to achieve this important certification,” concludes Walid Hamza, General Manager of Healthcare Cluster, Europe & India. “It demonstrates how sustainability is central to our product development process and we will seek to continue to increase our use of circular plastics. We plan to certify additional sites to the ISCC Plus accreditation and look forward to announcing these achievements in the future.”
The Berry Healthcare Bangalore site with its industry record of 12 years without accident offers an extensive range of primary packaging, medical devices and drug delivery systems for various applications. It is the market leader in ophthalmic and child resistant closures in India and also produces the Risdrop™ user independent eye drop, winner of the Best Innovation award at CPhI China.
For further information on the availability of circular polymers, email Healthcare@BerryGlobal.com
*Certified circular polymer based on advanced recycling mass balance.
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