Direct Pack and Sustainability

At Direct Pack we have been committed to sustainability from the very beginning. We are constantly focused on how to improve our products' and operations' environmental footprint. We have several important projects running. Our “Green Together” initiative reflects our efforts together with our partners and customers to become more sustainable:

  • Use recycled PET
  • Reduce our carbon footprint
  • Become product stewards within the plastics industry
  • Extend our responsibility to the end of life of our PET products
  • Reduce marine debris




Learn more about our PET recycling activities.



Director of Corporate Sustainability

Andrew JolinAndrew Jolin

Andrew is a Notre Dame graduate who has worked for over 20 years in the areas of recycling, composting and renewable energy. With extensive experience in plastic separation technology and food waste recovery for renewable energy and composting, Andrew helps bring Direct Pack to the forefront of sustainability. Andrew’s main focus is to work with Direct Pack and selective customers in order to create the first collection and preprocessing systems to separate PET food packaging from food waste with dual benefits: extend plastic recycling to more than bottles, and creating renewable energy.

Green Dictionary

Carbon footprint

Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Carbon Footprint
A measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc. The carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce and has units of tons (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Extended Producer Responsibility
(EPR) – holds the manufacturer responsible for the cost of recovering its products at the end of its life.

Marine Debris
Human-created waste that has deliberately or accidentally been released in a lake, sea, ocean or waterway. Increased recycling and use of recycled materials is an important factor in reducing marine debris.