Graphic Packaging International: Eco-friendly Packaging and Labeling for Enterprises
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Michael P. Doss , President & CEO
The impact that perilous solid waste has on the environment is one of the major causes of global warming. For the longest time, food and beverage (F&B) companies have been using non-biodegradable plastic for commercial packaging. And, discarding the deep-seated, traditional packaging materials right away is not an easy feat for companies. While these F&B companies are indeed a proponent of sustainable development, they also require a packaging solution that would provide a longer shelf life for their products. This is where Georgia-based Graphic Packaging International’s (GPI) forte lies; it offers the F&B industry their long-awaited eco-friendly packaging solutions. Michael P. Doss, president and CEO of GPI, says, “Our time is running out fast. The only way to leave behind a hospitable planet for the future generation is to implement sustainable packaging.”
As a veteran in the packaging industry, Doss understands the harm that non-biodegradable packaging materials cause to the environment. Alongside, he is also aware of the damages that would follow if the food materials are not properly packaged. Lack of proper packaging can lead to damage of food and beverages or even cause premature decomposition, which eventually translates to customer dissatisfaction and revenue loss for the manufacturers and producers. Aiming to solve the problem, GPI makes use of renewable and biodegradable packaging material to provide superior quality packaging solutions that ensure longer shelf life of food materials. In Doss’s words, “We are trying to solve a core industry challenge and a concerning environment issue by targeting the root of the problem.”
The only way to leave behind a hospitable planet for the future generation is to implement sustainable packaging
Today, GPI has transpired as one of the leading packaging and labeling service providers that offer recyclable packaging materials. With experienced leaders and an equally motivated team, the company constantly excels at providing state-of-the-art packaging solutions and services. GPI, currently, has eight paperboard mills and over 40 paper converting plants spread across the globe, catering mostly to consumer packaged goods (CPG) and foodservice companies. GPI’s portfolio of packaging solutions covers a wide range of client needs. “Our packaging techniques include paperboard, coating and lamination, and barrier packaging, only to name a few,” says Doss. GPI also offers specialty machinery for packaging automation for consumer goods and beverage packaging. As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of biodegradable packaging materials, the company continuously sets new standards for the packaging industry.
Apart from the wide range of eco-friendly packaging solutions, GPI is also known for its attention-grabbing packaging. That, coupled with supply chain optimization, product supply security, sustainability metrics, and consultation services lends GPI the moniker of an end-to-end packaging solution provider. “However, our primary goal shall always remain etched to our commitment of promoting a greener environment through our packaging solutions,” says Doss. Acting on this vision, the company has been able to reduce its greenhouse gas output by 30 percent since 2008. Doss believes that the use of renewable energy, water conservation methodologies, and paper recycling processes are what make GPI a true champion of sustainable packaging.