Environmental considerations have never been as relevant as they are today, especially in the packaging industry. Good manufacturers are aware of the packaging carbon footprint and for this reason are constantly looking at sustainable packaging solutions, that do not get lost in the environment, but are instead recycled. SMI has constantly been investing in R&D in order to test innovative packaging materials, capable of combining functionality and sustainability, and above all to develop cutting-edge solutions for processing them. Some examples are represented by rPET (the preforms made of this material are processed by SMI stretch-blow moulders and integrated blowing-filling and capping systems), ARCWISE® cardboard (worked by SMI WP and MP packers) and 100 % recycled film (processed by SMI shrink wrappers).
The three Rs (Reduce – Reuse - Recycle) are making the difference and can no longer be considered only as a trend; they are instead a need expressed by beverage and food manufacturers, as well as by consumers. The latter are paying more and more attention to environmental issues and that's why they tend to prefer companies that show awareness and attention to sustainability. RPET is the most common way to significantly contribute to the creation of a green packaging and to actively adhere to the circular economy approach. Here are the main reasons for it:
rPET products can be reused and recycled over and over again. Therefore, the need to create virgin PET is reduced
rPET is lightweight compared to other packaging material, so transportation costs are cut and carbon footprint is reduced
rPET bottles are transparent and shatter-proof
rPET plastics is safe for food and beverage packaging
the creation of rPET needs 75 % less energy than PET
“Future is round”: that's the slogan of the Swedish company SCA, manufacturer and inventor of the famous Arcwise® technology, that enables to create curved packaging and to comply with circular economy. Arcwise® technology enables the design of curved packaging with unique appearance, making products stand out on the shelf. The choice of this packaging is an advantage in terms not only of brand strengthening , but also environmental sustainability. In particular:
Arcwise® packaging is renewable and biodegradable
By using Arcwise® technology, it is possible to achieve material savings of up to 30 %
Box weight is up to 30 % lower, with great advantages during the transport phase
Carbon footprint is reduced up to 30 %
In addition to advantages in terms of design and sustainability, Arcwise® packaging also provides extra protection to the goods: in particular packs feature high stability, are easy to stack and therefore deformation risk and stretching damage are considerably reduced. SMI case packers and multipack packers can process Arcwise® cardboard in order to create wrap-around boxes or cardboard clusters, that represent an advantageous choice for those companies that want to improve their environmental compatibility standards in their production.
With the focus on sustainable issues, many good manufacturers have opted for cardboard packaging solutions, preferring them over film packaging solutions, for sustainable reasons. However, with SMI, if you are looking for eco-friendly packaging, you will have a double choice: cardboard packaging or 100 % recycled film packaging. 100 % recycled film is suitable for all secondary packaging applications and can be processed by all SMI shrink wrappers. Its quality is as high as the one of non-recyclable film; moreover it can be printed, thus giving brand high visibility and acting as a marketing tool. As a result, the high quality of the pack is ensured.
CSK ERGON packer
packs in 3x4 100 % recycled film - 1.5 L bottles of water
The European Regulation 679/2016 (GDPR) on the protection of personal data has been fully applicable since May 25th, 2018. This is an important goal, because it lays down rules relating to the processing of personal data for all Countries within the Union. Every company of the SMI Group planned a series of activities, assets or operational modes to comply with the regulation and put into practice the protection of personal data. Here is a list of actions taken to comply with the European Regulation and our policy on personal data processing.
Lawfulness of processing All activities relating to personal data processing shall be lawful (consent, contract obligations, vital interests of the data subject or of third parties, compliance with legal obligations to which the controller is subject, public interest or exercise of official authority, legitimate interest pursued by the controller or by third parties).
Information document The information statement has been improved and updated to the new regulations (art. 13 and 14 GDPR).
Rights of the data subjects (right of access, right to erasure-right to be forgotten, right to restriction of processing, right to object, right to data portability) Technical and organization measures have been adopted to ensure the data subject's exercise of his rights and to meet the data subject requirements.
Controllers, processors Based on the new principle of “accountability”, SMI Group organization was re-defined, in order to proactively ensure integral compliance with the Regulation. Redefinition of the role of data processors and service suppliers whose activity implies personal data processing.
Risk of data processing; accountability measures taken by controllers and processors (Impact assessment, record of processing activities, security of processing, data breach) The “Conformity document”, including records of data processing activity, plans, adopts and demonstrates all technical and organizational measures taken to adequately perform the data processing activities and specifies the necessary procedures to be adopted to notify data breach.
Transfer of personal data to international organizations Smi Group adheres to the general principles and guarantees concerning the transfer of personal data to third Countries.
The Controller is: SMI S.p.A. Head office: Via Carlo Ceresa, 10 - 24015 San Giovanni Bianco (BG) - ITALIA VAT nr: IT03942700166 - R.E.A. 421708 For further information, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the European Regulation 679/2016, the data subject is entitled to exercise the rights set forth in the Regulation. The integral version of art. 15; 16; 17; 18; 20; 21; 77 of the European Regulation is attached to this document.
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