In 2017, Sonoco acquired Peninsula Packaging Company, a leading manufacturer of thermoformed packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables found in the fast-growing perimeter of retail supermarkets. Peninsula’s customer base includes most of the leading household names for fresh fruits and vegetables found at retail. The company’s photovoltaic (solar) farm encompasses 3,888 solar panels on 10 acres located adjacent to the Exeter, Calif., facility, generating 1.1 megawatts of power per day—enough to support 650 typical U.S. households—providing a significant portion of the power used at the facility. Additionally, this division uses post-consumer PET beverage containers to produce new packaging for its customers (up to 100%). In fact, about 1 in 5 PET beverage containers recycled in the state of California are converted in Sonoco plants.
Our LEED-certified iPS Studio
Sonoco’s iPS Studio innovation center in Hartsville, S.C., has been recognized with LEED Silver certification status. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, helps building owners and managers improve a building’s lifecycle performance, resulting in financially and environmentally sound performance and practices. To achieve its LEED for Commercial Interiors v. 2009 certification at the Silver level, the iPS Studio excelled in a number of categories, including: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation & Design. The interior light power is 25.4% more efficient than code standard, the indoor plumbing fixtures are 48% more efficient than the national standard, and 36.65 tons of renovation construction waste were diverted from landfill.
Making our facilities more efficient
When it comes to energy reduction across a global company, incremental adjustments at each facility can add up to a big change. Sonoco is gradually updating lighting and air compressors at its facilities to improve overall energy efficiency, and the results are already substantial. In 2015 and 2016, Sonoco invested $3.3 million in this program, with anticipated annual cost savings of $1.1 million and annual savings of more than 6,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent.
The Sonoco Sustainability Star Awards
The Sonoco Sustainability Star Award program recognizes customer and Sonoco-owned facilities for achieving significant milestones in landfill diversion and waste stream reduction, and is administered through Sonoco Recycling. Over the course of the program, 34 Sonoco facilities have been recognized for achieving 95% or greater landfill reduction. Most recently, Sonoco has recognized facilities in Ohio and Georgia for their creative and committed efforts to reduce waste to landfill.
Key environmental metrics
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