Berry has announced that its three French healthcare facilities, located in Astra Plastique, Bellignat and Offranville have now obtained International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC) Plus accreditation, enabling them to sell ISCC Plus certified packaging and plastic components to their healthcare customers. The certified products from these facilities will be produced from mass-balanced circular PP and PP derived from advanced recycling.
ISCC is a globally applicable sustainability certification system, covering all sustainable feedstocks, including agricultural and forestry biomass, circular materials and renewables, based on advanced recycling mass balance. Mass balance is an accepted and certified protocol that documents and tracks recycled content from supplier through to final delivery of the product to customers. Strict traceability and verification are carried out by independent third-party auditors at each stage of the manufacturing process.
The accreditation is fully aligned with Berry’s Impact 2025 sustainability strategy, which is aimed at, among others, working with customers towards more sustainable solutions offering enhanced recyclability or incorporating higher levels of post-consumer recycled resin.
With ISCC Plus certification, the French facilities are able to produce primary packaging and drug delivery devices for healthcare, personal care and animal care applications containing a high percentage of recycled material, from 30% to 100%, and in items ‘where we have not been able to offer recycled content’, said Olivier Ette, Offranville site director.
Using certified circular resins will support customers’ sustainability goals, but will also help them particular to meet the requirements of forthcoming legislation, including the EU Plastic Packaging Levy and the UK’s Plastic Packaging Tax. Because the advanced recycled resin has the same properties as virgin material, there is no need for any qualification tests.
Bellignat, Offranville and Astra Plastique are the fourth, fifth, and sixth Berry Healthcare facilities to be certified following the factories in Bangalore, India, and Osnago and Sirone in Italy. The company’s remaining European healthcare operations will be certified to ISCC Plus over the coming months, giving both global and local customers greater access to this more sustainable material.