C-P Flexible Packaging recently announced it plans to power half of the company’s U.S. facilities with solar energy by 2025.
Solar power will reduce costs while cutting C-P’s carbon footprint, the company says. It currently has 440 solar panels at its manufacturing plant in Placentia, California. And C-P has been installing 2,034 solar panels at its plant in Lakeville, Minnesota.
C-P, which is based in York, Pennsylvania, says plans for a third solar panel installation are underway, and that effort is part of a road map for half of its U.S. plants to convert to solar energy by 2025.
“Harnessing solar power as a renewable energy source is consistent with our commitment to environmental responsibility,” said C-P CEO Mike Hoffman in a news release. “We are on a journey to reducing our impact on the environment. As an added benefit, we’ve found that utilizing solar power provides significant energy savings in the long term. Solar power is truly a win-win, reducing our CO2 emissions while supporting our position as one of the most cost-competitive flexible packaging converters in the U.S.”
The solar project is one of several initiatives from the company this year.
The company announced over the summer that it expanded its GreenStream™ sustainable packaging portfolio with new molded pulp trays made from natural plant fibers.
“Designed for packaged meals, GreenStream™ plant fiber trays are freezer-safe, microwave-safe, and oven-safe,” said the company in a news release. “These plastic-free trays are also compostable and recyclable in municipalities with collection systems.”
The packages are composed of plant fibers such as sugar cane husks and bamboo fibers, and they are manufactured without generating wastewater.
Earlier this year, as well, Cleanroom Film and Bags (CFB), a division of C-P Flexible Packaging, announced it expanded its manufacturing footprint in Placentia, California.
“This expansion allows the company to meet increased demand for high-quality, certified cleanroom packaging for a growing customer base while remaining true to CFB’s 100% American-made commitment,” the company says.
C-P Flexible Packaging bought CFB in 2021.
Thomas A. Barstow is the senior editor at FlexPack VOICE®.