Garofalo develops two important sustainability initiatives
Our subsidiary Pastificio Lucio Garofalo has developed a new packaging line consisting of 30% recycled plastic obtained from chemical recycling, a process different from mechanical recycling which, compared to the latter, opens up unprecedented recycling possibilities for waste fractions that are currently difficult to recycle, such as plastic from household collection. In fact, chemical recycling “breaks down” the molecules that make up the polymers that make up the different types of plastic used for packaging, converting them into raw material equivalent to virgin material that can be used to produce plastic again.
In this first phase, the new packaging is going to be used in five products: Spaghetti, Penne, Fusilli, Farfalle and Elicoidale, whilst the brand’s objective is to progressively increase both the number of products it is used in, as the percentage of recycled plastic used.
Moreover, Garofalo has also joined LifeGate’s Zero Impact project, a program based on three concepts: calculate, reduce, and compensate. In this context, participation in this initiative will allow Garofalo to offset the CO2 emissions generated by the manufacture and marketing of the primary packaging of its products for the Italian market. This offsetting of emissions will be carried out through the purchase of carbon credits for the project developed in the Rimba Raya Reserve (Indonesia), which aims to conserve the tropical peat forest. This is an area of high biodiversity importance, a home to 94 endangered species on the IUCN Red List, such as the Bornean Orangutan, the Sunda Pangolin, and the Clouded Leopard. In addition to the environmental benefits, the project includes social programs to increase employment and micro-enterprise development and to provide literacy training for children and adults in the region.