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Overview

Respect for the environment is a core company value for Verallia North America and when defining its strategy and carrying out its business, a major focus is placed on sustainable development.

Verallia believes in analyzing the full impact of the packages that it manufactures and sells from three fundamental perspectives: Social, Environment and Economic. It is about the overall environmental impact, the full life cycle of air, water, raw materials, waste, recyclability, potential social impacts and overall value to the consumer.

Energy Star Award 2012In support of this belief, the focus is placed on three areas of application: process, material and eco-conceived bottles and jars. Manufacturing glass containers while reducing energy consumption and emissions is a strategic priority. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Verallia North America, along with its parent company Saint-Gobain, with the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award in 2009 and 2010 and the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award in 2011 and 2012.

Glass is made from abundant, natural raw materials (which are sourced in the U.S.) and is 100% recyclable. Increasing the rate of recycled glass (cullet) in the manufacturing process reduces the use of raw materials and energy consumption. Verallia North America has a company goal of 50% cullet use by 2013.

In addition, Verallia North America has introduced new bottles and jars that combine product aesthetics with eco-conception, known as ECOVA. This combination presents the product and customer brands in the most favorable light, while protecting the emotional tie that glass has established throughout its history and maintains to this day.

GLASS IS THE PACKAGING CHOICE FOR TOMORROW’S SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY

Learn more about sustainable value by downloading the Verallia 2012 sustainable development brochure (pdf)