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Hinojosa optimises environmental management with FSC Multisite certificate

Hinojosa optimises environmental management with FSC Multisite certificate

Hinojosa has become one of a select few Spanish companies to achieve the FSC Multisite certificate, the result of a significant effort in transparency and environmental management for the entire group. This certificate endorses in a unified way the sustainable origin of the paper that it uses in its plants. The certification guarantees customers that all of the group’s plants meet the same requirements.

The purpose of the FSC Multisite certificate is for companies with different production sites to have a single traceability management system for the origin of their raw materials. In this way, synergies between the different plants are exploited, administrative procedures are unified and simplified, and costs are minimised by having centralized management of these processes. Thus, instead of having a certificate for each of the group’s plants, from now on there will be only two, one for the packaging factories and the other for the paper factories.

This remarkable feat has been achieved during the current lockdown, which has meant an extra effort for both the certifier and Hinojosa. In fact, for example, most of the audits have been carried out electronically.

More and more brands are transferring to Hinojosa the need to guarantee the sustainable origin of their packaging. Despite the fact that most of the group’s plants already had this certificate individually, from now on internal control is increased, the traceability of raw materials is improved, and it is also endorsed for customers, that all the factories of the group have the same level of environmental demand.

FSC is an independent, non-profit, and non-governmental organisation created to support the environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. FSC’s vision is for the world’s forests to meet the social, ecological and economic needs and rights of present generations without compromising those of future ones.

 

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Hinojosa and Lactips develop plastic-free packaging solutions for food

Hinojosa and Lactips develop plastic-free packaging solutions for food

More and more people concerned about the environment avoid plastics in their purchases. However, this is not so easy when it comes to purchasing coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder or cookies. Their oleic characteristics make it essential that their containers, even when mostly cardboard or paper, have plastic part or even aluminium foil to act as a barrier and protect the product. To offer an alternative, Hinojosa has formed a partnership with French start-up Lactips and together they have developed an innovative, fully recyclable packaging that combines cardboard and a bioplastic made from a natural protein.

The bioplastic, developed and patented by Lactips, is made from a natural polymer, making it 100% organic, compostable and biodegradable in fresh water. In addition, it has the properties of technical plastics. Unlike other bioplastics, it provides a high oxygen barrier so food is preserved better and longer, and food waste is reduced. Another outstanding feature is that this material is heat-sealable, that is, it is incorporated in a laminate into Hinojosa’s recycled cardboard boxes by heat, thus avoiding the use of glues. In addition, it is an effective fat barrier, printable and soluble.

Thus, the collaboration of the two companies has allowed them to generate a new range of 100% plastic-free packaging, but with all the advantages of plastics. The collaboration is part of Hinojosa’s commitment to research for the development of 100% sustainable solutions that provide present and future responses to the needs of the food industry.

This new system, which has already been successfully tested, is also compostable after use, even with food scraps and can be thrown into organic matter containers. Likewise, it is accredited with labels such as Ecocert, EU Ecolabel, and the OK Compost HOME and Ok Biodegradable Water certifications, both from the TÜV Austria auditor.