Earlier this week the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) had their annual Technical Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Maxi Container was well represented with both myself, Richard Rubin, and our Sales Manager, Bob Vannatter in attendance. It was a thoughtful and in depth meeting looking at many issues which affect industrial packaging. RIPA formed a new Product Group to represent companies that manufacturer, collect and recondition Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBC). The other Product Groups, Steel Drums, Plastic Drums, Fiber Drums and IBC’s also had numerous agenda items, including air emissions, use of post consumer regrind in making new plastic drums, periodic certification of design types, and many more.
Again many issues dealt with both Maxi’s and RIPA’s core value of sustainability. I am proud to be a active member of an organization whose purpose is to promote the use of reusable packaging and help its members navigate the complex world of regulations regarding the transport and reconditioning of industrial packages in an environmentally sustainable manner.
For example, RIPA as a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is helping to draft the International Organization for Standards (ISO) Environmental Packaging Standards. Approximately 30 nations are involved in this project to clarify and harmonize environmental issues related to the production, use, reuse, recycling and recovery of packagings. RIPA chair’s the ANSI committee on “Reuse” and is a member of the ANSI committees on “Optimization” and “Material Recycling”.
With the amount of international commerce it will only be through organisations such as ISO, ANSI, and the Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods of the United Nations that we can continue to transport the many chemicals, paints, pharmaceuticals necessary in making the many products we enjoy. We cannot compromise our short term safety or the environments long term sustainability in order to enjoy the blessings of our industrialized lifestyle. Here at Maxi we are committed to finding the balance between the two so we, and our children and our children’s children cane enjoy both a high standard of living the our beautiful natural world.