The Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Program is one of the most prestigious sustainability certifications for products around the world and across industries.
IFCO was the first-ever provider of food-safe reusable packaging containers to achieve Cradle to Cradle Certified at the Silver level in 2021 for the European line of Lift Lock RPCs – optimized for fruit and vegetables, meat and baked goods. As the certification is only valid for two years, IFCO completed the highly demanding recertification process in August 2023. A key criterion for recertification is the ability to demonstrate improvements to the product and processes during that two-year period.
Once again, the European Lift Lock RPC portfolio has achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified® Silver (Version 3.1). In addition to the overall Silver recertification, the Lift Lock range was certified Gold in the assessment category of Material Reutilization, and in the Social Fairness category the IFCO rating advanced from Silver to Gold.
Traditionally, IFCO has always fully embraced the principles of the circular economy. Our business model takes a holistic view of the fresh supply chain to focus on sustainable reusable packaging solutions that are 100% recyclable. We maximize efficiency and minimize our own and our customers’ carbon footprint.
By embracing the infinitely more sustainable circular economy concept of "share-reuse-reduce", we reject linear "take-make-waste" designs. When you partner with us, you reduce waste — food waste, energy waste and material waste.
Transporting your fresh produce in IFCO RPCs makes a positive impact on the environment, human health and your overall sustainability. It’s the reason why we are the preferred partner for companies that value sustainability.
Designed, manufactured, pooled and recycled to the strictest health, safety and environmental standards, our entire European line of Lift Lock RPCs — optimized for fruit and vegetables, meat and baked goods — are Cradle to Cradle Certified® at the Silver level. In 2021, they were the first fresh-food RPCs to achieve this status. In 2023, after undergoing the rigorous recertification process, the RPCs were again awarded Cradle to Cradle Certified® at the Silver level. In the assessment category of Material Reutilization and in the Social Fairness category the RPCs achieved Gold.
What does it mean to be Cradle to Cradle Certified? The independent Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Program is the world’s most advanced standard for designing and manufacturing products according to the principles of the circular economy. It is the premium benchmark for sustainability around the world and across all industrial sectors.
This prestigious certification positively assessed our product standards and manufacturing processes according to five performance categories of sustainability, covering Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy and Carbon Management, Water Stewardship, and Social Fairness. Overall, we achieved the Silver level. In Material Reutilization, we were awarded Gold.
By partnering with us and opting for our C2C Certified Silver European Lift Lock RPCs you are making the most sustainable choice for your supply chain operations.