a path forward


Today's sustainability marketplace demands greater transparency and disclosure

Western’s products offer a sustainable advantage, but our company offers something more. We are constantly striving to reduce our impact on the environment and share our progress in a transparent manner. We are pushing toward the day our entire product life-cycle will have a net neutral or positive impact on the environment. We’re not there yet, but we’re working on it. Each step of the way, we reduce our environmental footprint and move closer to our objective.

In our sustainability section, you can see fact-based evidence of our progress and get details about our products.

Western supports the proper recycling, recovery and handling of waste associated with packaging.  Western designs its molded fiber packaging components to reduce environmental impact and complies with laws designed to reduce toxics in packaging. In addition to its certification of compliance with those laws, Western’s testing shows that its packaging is substantially below the 100 ppm threshold for aggregate metals concentrations. Western also requires its suppliers of recycled feedstock to certify compliance with toxics in packaging laws. Western’s compliance certificate addresses the following:

CONEG CERTIFICATION/MODEL TOXICS IN PACKAGING COMPLIANCE The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) was formed in 1992 to promote the Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation. This model legislation was developed to reduce the amount of heavy metals in packaging and packaging components that are sold or distributed throughout the United States. Specifically, the law prohibits manufacturers from intentionally introducing mercury, lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium to packaging products. Since packaging comprises approximately one-third of the waste stream, the goal is to reduce the amount of heavy metals entering municipal solid waste streams. The law allows manufacturers of packaging materials to use recycled feedstock as long as the incidental introduction of the four heavy metals totals less than 100 parts per million in aggregate. Manufacturers must certify that they meet the requirements of the law.

CALIFORNIA TOXICS IN PACKAGING PREVENTION ACT California enacted its Toxics in Packaging Prevention Act in 2006 and it mirrors the requirements in CONEG’s Model Toxics in Packaging legislation.  The California law initially had exemptions to allow manufacturers to phase in the prohibition on metals, but most of the exemptions have now expired.  The California law also requires the same certification as the Model Toxics in Packaging law.

EUROPEAN UNION’S DIRECTIVE ON PACKAGING AND PACKAGING WASTE (94/62/EC OF 20 DECEMBER 1994, AS AMENDED BY 2004/12/EC) AND THE CEN PACKAGING STANDARDS (2005/C 44/13) pertaining to heavy metals content requirements. — Commonly known as the Essential Requirements, the European Union passed a Directive that guides the design of packaging to minimize Environmental damage. The directive is about Minimizing the Amount of packaging used, avoiding use of Hazardous Materials in packaging, and making packaging Reusable, Biodegradable, or Recyclable where possible.

Certificates of Compliance

Manufacturers and suppliers of packaging and packaging components are required to furnish a certificate of compliance to customers upon request. This applies only to companies who actually put their products in the package and does not apply to the retailer or the individual consumer. The public and state also have access to these certificates. Download Western’s Certificates of Compliance.

For further advice specific to our products and requirements, please contact our Corporate Office and we will be pleased to discuss your needs.