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The social and environmental responsibility of Arca Etichette

Arca Etichette has been a leading company in the labeling sector since 1948, highly specialized in the production of self-adhesive labels and labeling and marking systems.

Evolving into a Benefit Company in 2021 and obtaining B Corp certification in 2022, it adopts a business model that aims to improve environmental, social and economic impact.

Therefore, it offers production processes and products that reduce energy consumption and waste of resources, involving suppliers and customers in common actions on ecological issues for the implementation of good practices.

Not only that, since some time now even the packaging materials for shipping your goods have all been replaced with greener items, further contributing to reducing the environmental impact. Arca uses FSC certified cardboard boxes, partially recycled PE (Polyethylene) fillers, recycled PE stretch film and compostable PLA tapes.

Choosing sustainable tertiary packaging

Recently, in the field of green packaging materials, an important partnership was born between Arca Etichette and PALM Greenpallet.

Arca has in fact decided to introduce, thanks to the collaboration with PALM, an innovative solution for the movement of goods for its customers: the Greenpallet.

It is an eco-designed pallet made of PEFC and FSC certified wood, managed according to the rigorous criteria of legality, sustainability and traceability of the forest supply chain.

Through planned cuts, cleaning of the undergrowth and other practices attentive to forest resilience for the protection and enhancement of ecosystem services, the production cycle has a higher growth rate and accumulates CO2 in biomass, helping to maintain the carbon dioxide stored in the pallets, thus reducing emissions.

The pallet for Arca Etichette has been completely customized with a Systemic Design approach, trying to best satisfy the same handling needs, but reducing the environmental impact. The new Greenpallet, in fact, was lighter, cheaper and more sustainable than the “standard” Epal pallet, making transport safer and more integrated with its distribution.

The eco-design system started by listening to needs, then identifying the critical sections to take into consideration, such as the specific load-bearing sections of the pallet to be strengthened to avoid bending in the upper part.

Therefore, not only has the logistics system been improved, but the quantity of packaging which is often used in excess, due to a lack of adequate planning, has also been reduced.

Collaboration between B Corp is good

Arca Etichette, Benefit Society and B Corp, just like PALM, has exploited the pallet customization service for companies in this community, branding the B Corp, PEFC and FOR-50 logo on its pallets, demonstrating a sustainable Supply Chain on a social and environmental level.

Finally, pallets destined for foreign countries are subjected to Heat Treatment (HT) for the sterilization of the microorganisms present inside the wood.

Arca has therefore decided to introduce the Greenpallet as a new standard for all supplies, starting from March 2023, to replace the classic pallets (EPAL and otherwise), to create a truly ethical supply chain in a future with increasingly lower environmental impact.

The importance of the Greenpallet in the Arca Etichette Impact Report

By providing a 360-degree sustainable pallet, PALM has emerged as not just a packaging supplier, but a key ESG partner to improve levels of environmental, social and governance sustainability in its customers’ supply chains.

PALM itself is also involved in many projects to support local communities, including volunteering, trying to be a vector of social as well as environmental promotion.

For these reasons, Arca Etichette will include many of the sustainability criteria brought about by its new collaboration with PALM in its Impact Report, further increasing what is already a truly sustainable company, enriching its Supply Chain.