Doing the responsible thing

Since 1948, Custom-Pak (formerly Sullivan Packaging) has designed and manufactured a range of plastic packaging solutions. Our specialty is clear, thermo-formed ridged and semi-ridged PET packs for fruit and vegetables, cold take-out meals and salads, baked goods, and fresh meat and fish.

In recent times, we have switched most of our production from virgin PET (polyethylene terephthalate) to clear RPET (recycled PET). While we are not the only plastic packaging manufacturer using RPET, there is one significant difference with ours – the RPET we use is made from 100% recycled material. We use very little virgin PET in our manufacturing process – in other words, we mostly work with plastic that has already been recycled at least once. Many New Zealand plastic packaging manufacturers advertise their products as made from RPET,

however this may have as much as 15% added virgin PET into their blend, imported from overseas. Presently, there are no regulations in New Zealand governing the amount of recycled content required for the RPET label.

Here at Custom-Pak we prefer to live up to the spirit of the recycling packaging movement. We choose to use as much 100% RPET material in manufacturing as possible. By doing this, we have reduced our carbon footprint by almost 24% simply by changing to 100% RPET. You cannot tell the difference when comparing our 100% RPET products to those made of 85% RPET– except that ours will have the Custom-Pak logo and/or NZ Made. They are just as clear, hygienic and safe as those made with a blend.

Working towards our future

Custom-Pak values the world we live in, therefore we are working towards a future manufacturing plan that will close the circle on recycling packaging. Our aim is to include specific customer brands within a “closed circle” packaging solution that recycles their post-consumer PET and RPET, so it can be reinstated back into 100% RPET material.

Our consumable resources are also under scrutiny, in order to scope for renewable solutions that will benefit our people and our planet.

By operating two manufacturing plants, one in Auckland and the other in Christchurch, we have already reduced our freight carbon foot print significantly. We can despatch most orders to customers without the need to freighting between islands.

Our ultimate goal is to help New Zealand move towards a more

desirable circular economy which will minimise plastic waste in landfill and limit the use of non-renewable energy sources.

The RPET our products are made from can be recycled several times and remain suitable for food packaging. When food packaging is no longer an option, it can be yet again recycled into plastic products such as outdoor furniture and door mats. Whether you are a grower, distributor, food retailer or an exporter, being responsible about your plastic packaging choices is the new norm. The ultimate is choosing recyclable food packaging that is made from 100% recycled material.

You are welcome to come and talk to us here at CUSTOM-PAK about the new era of plastic packaging responsibility. We welcome your thoughts and feedback.

The below diagram illustrates how our closed cycle packaging system could work.

The RPET packs we make can be recycled several more times for remaking into food packaging. And when the plastic is no longer suitable for food use, it can be re-made into other recycled plastic products, such as outdoor furniture and door mats. If you’re a grower, distributor, food retailer or

exporter, being responsible about your plastic packaging choices is the new normal. The ultimate is choosing recyclable food packaging that is actually made from 100% recycled material. Come and talk to us at CUSTOM-PAK and discover the new era of plastic packaging responsibility.