Sustainability within Natpak
Natpak is one of Zimbabwe’s leading packaging manufacturers, who uses state of the art technology and equipment in their manufacturing processes at three factories in Harare.
Natpak produces various sizes of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pre-forms, High Density Polythene (HDPE) bottles and closures for the packaging of beverage, dairy and chemical products are produced at the Rigids division factory. Woven sacks, used for example, for maize meal, stock feed, grain, seed or fertiliser packaging, are produced at the Sacks factory.
The Flexibles factory focuses on producing primary food packaging such as bread bags, FFS sheeting used in sugar, rice, salt, milk, etc. and pouches used in poultry packaging as well as secondary packaging such as shrink and stretch wrap film, baler bags and black sheeting.
Key Sustainability Highlights
- All three divisions have been certified to BRCGS for Packaging Materials. BRCGS is Global Food safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked certification which gives customers assurance on product safety, quality, authenticity and legality.
- The Company passed the Coca Cola Supplier Guiding Principles for technical assessment for unconditional supplier status.
- Natpak remained certified to International Management System Standards (MSS) of ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management System) following a surveillance audit in December 2021.
- A new compression molding closure machine was installed with an output efficiency up to 8 times more than the older machines and greater energy efficiency. The new closure is a lighter weight with a 14% saving on material.
- Natpak has become a member of the Zimbabwe Recyclers Association partnering with fellow recyclers.
- Natpak implemented and strengthened its waste management system. The recycling plant has improved output capacity and has upgraded its recycling plant by installing a pelletiser, vibrator and drier to improve the efficiency of the plant and quality of the final products. Industrial plastic waste, both internal and external, is recycled into pellets. These are for use internally in the making of black sheeting and also sold to other players in the industry.
- The Polywoven division strengthened its waste handling systems by installing a baling machine. This ensures waste is compactly packed for ease of transportation to the recycling plant and reduces manual handling for employees.
- The collection of pre-consumer plastic waste from customers for recycling has commenced.
- The internal recycling programme for the collection of empty water bottles and sale to recyclers such as Petrecozim was introduced. All three divisions have a policy of zero plastic waste in the bins.