Direct Pack Inc. (DPI), a sustainable thermoformed packaging company headquartered in Azusa, California, plans to expand its global operations with the acquisition of Guadalajara, Mexico-based Atmosphera Verde, a recycler of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The Mexican recycler operates a facility that is capable of recycling 20,000 tons of PET per year, including postconsumer PET thermoforms.
According to DPI, the acquired facility enables it to advance its commitment to sustainability. “By working with its corporate and waste management partners to reclaim more of its own used packaging, DPI now has the in-house ability to reprocess it, and for it to become new thermoformed packaging again,” DPI reports in a news release on the acquisition.
The acquired facility will be renamed Direct Pack Recycling. Direct Pack Recycling also will aid in creating the material needed to manufacture the company’s Bottlebox line of containers, which are made of postconsumer PET bottles and thermoformed packages.
“Everything we do at Direct Pack is fueled by a deep commitment to sustainability and innovation with an ultimate goal of making PET plastic an infinite resource,” says Craig Snedden, president of Direct Pack Inc. “Expanding our operations to include recycling is a natural fit and will allow us to be even more nimble in delivering affordable, custom packaging solutions while also reducing waste and improving our overall impact on the environment.”