Diamond Greenbox Initiative

Diamond is committed to working toward a cleaner environment. We developed our Diamond Greenbox sustainability initiative to research, design, and implement packaging solutions that are innovative and more sustainable.

The core of the initiative – designsmaterials, and methods – represents a comprehensive approach to packaging that minimizes environmental impact throughout the supply chain.

Through creative design, careful material selection, and best practices at the plant level, Diamond is able to minimize waste, reduce shipping costs and increase efficiencies – all of which support a sustainable use of resources and cultivate a positive emotional connection to the brand.

Designs


Our designers create packaging that is both innovative and sustainable, while considering factors such as product protection, usability, billboard space, and first moment of truth (FMOT).

Sustainable Packaging Design
There are several methods to design more sustainable packaging, including weight reduction, material reduction, and elimination or replacement of components.
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Green Chic™
Green Chic™ is a significant advance in the field of sustainable packaging design. Upscale or luxury brands can now support environmental concerns without sacrificing identity.
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Materials


Diamond carefully evaluates materials and suppliers to make the best recommendation for our customers’ products.

FSC chain of custody certification
Diamond has obtained Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Chain of Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance. This certification reflects a growing trend in the paper and printing industry of companies making more environmentally and socially responsible supply chain decisions.
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Paperboards
Paperboard folding cartons are an ideal packaging medium for personal care products because of their billboard space, decorative options, protective properties, and sustainability attributes. Our suppliers include: Clearwater Paper, Neenah Paper, BillerudKorsnäs, Mohawk, Monadnock, and WestRock.
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Inks and Coatings
Diamond carefully evaluates all inks and coatings suppliers in an effort to make the best recommendation for our customers’ products. We utilize a variety of standard and specialty coatings to protect and enhance your packaging.
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Liquid Metal™
Liquid Metal™ and MiraFoil® metallic UV coatings are key components of Diamond's Sustainable Chic™ packaging model, which delivers "Beauty without Compromise" through the use of more sustainable converting methods.
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Cast and Cure
Cast and Cure technology is a cost effective, inline process that produces high-gloss, holographic effects through the use of UV coatings and specialty film.
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Methods


From concept to completion, our approach to package design addresses sustainability throughout the supply chain. This includes incorporating best practices at the plant level: renewable energy, energy efficiency, process improvements, and waste recycling.

Wind Energy
In 2007 Diamond announced its commitment to purchase clean, renewable wind energy for 100% of its electrical energy requirements through wind energy developer Community Energy (CEI), becoming one of the first folding cartons suppliers in the U.S. to do so. The purchase illustrates the company's continued commitment to the environment and the community.
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EPA Green Power Partner
Diamond has been awarded membership to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Green Power Leadership Club. By meeting the Leadership Club purchase requirements, Diamond has joined an elite group of Green Power Partners who are demonstrating exemplary environmental leadership.
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On the Path to Carbon Neutral
In 2021 Diamond Packaging announced a multi-year commitment to purchase carbon offsets through Climate Action Reserve (CAR) to reduce its carbon footprint. Diamond facilities are now carbon neutral (covering Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions).
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Recycling
Diamond measures its progress on environmental issues through key sustainability metrics, including waste recycling. About 97% of all manufacturing waste (e.g., paperboard, plastic, metal) is recycled annually; all wood pallets are recycled or reused; all office waste is recycled; all remaining waste is recovered, eliminating landfill disposal.
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Zero Waste to Landfill
Diamond achieved Zero Waste to Landfill status in 2014, becoming the first U.S.-based folding carton supplier to achieve the distinction. The recovery and recycling program is a natural evolution of the company’s greenbox sustainability initiative and one which will provide long-term environmental and economic benefits.
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In-Line Converting Methods
Diamond achieves production efficiencies through the use of more sustainable in-line converting methods, including specialty coatings and cold foiling. These result in less material and energy usage compared to off-line processes.
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Sustainability Recognition


Diamond's industry-leading sustainability initiatives have been recognized by trade organizations, customers, and non-profit organizations (NPOs).

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EcoVadis Gold Award

Diamond has been awarded a Gold rating for the fourth consecutive year, based on its 2020 EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assessment. The company’s score classifies Diamond’s overall CSR performance as “Advanced” and places it in the top 2% of all companies evaluated by EcoVadis.

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EcoVadis Gold Award

Environmental Innovation Award

Diamond was selected as an inaugural recipient of the Seneca Park Zoo Society's Environmental Innovation Award in the Large Business category. The company was recognized for demonstrating original solutions to current environmental issues, with cross-functional sustainability practices throughout the company.

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http://www.diamondpackaging.com/Diamond-Packaging-Wins-Environmental-Innovation-Award

P&G Excellence in Sustainability Award

Diamond was selected as a 2016 P&G External Business Partner Excellence in Sustainability Award winner – the ONLY packaging supplier worldwide to receive this distinction.

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P&G Excellence in Sustainability Award

Tell Your Environmental Story

Through On-Product Labeling

Connect with those that share your same values. Tell your story with environmental logos.

Our experienced and talented staff has the skills and expertise you can trust with your brand. They successfully build the bridge between the creative design and the final product, ensuring that the package comes to life in the retail environment.

They will also advise you on the proper implementation of environmental or sustainability-related symbols and artwork, including:

  • Recyclable / Recycled logos
  • FSC label
  • Carton Made with Wind Energy logo
Recycling Symbol
The universal recycling symbol (or Möbius Loop) is an internationally recognized symbol used to designate recyclable materials. Brands may communicate this on their packaging.
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FSC Label
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is the global standard-setter in responsible forest management. Conscientious consumers can look for the FSC logo on wood products to know they are supporting forest management that protects biodiversity and supports local communities.
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Wind Energy Logo
Diamond purchases clean, renewable wind energy credits (RECs) for 100% of its electricity energy requirements through wind energy marketer and developer Community Energy (CEI). CEI grants Diamond the right and license to use the attached logo in connection with our customers' product labeling.
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Diamond's 'Green Team'


Diamond’s ‘Green Team’ meets on a regular basis to assess progress and determine short-term goals, including achieving greater manufacturing efficiencies (and the resultant decreased energy demands), and long-term goals, including more comprehensive tracking of Scope 3 emissions with the aim of decreasing or offsetting them.

We have set an absolute target of a 2% reduction in electricity consumption (and corresponding GHG emissions) per year for the next 10 years (20% total reduction), based on a 2011 baseline. We have also set an intensity target of a 1% reduction in Scope 1 + Scope 2 emissions (per unit of production) per year for the next 10 years (10% total reduction).

This will be achieved through more efficient production processes and energy-saving methods.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)


Diamond Packaging supports the United Nations’  Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a taxonomy around which data can be monitored, managed, collected, collated and reported.

Diamond measures and reports on where existing business practices and/or projects impact on one or more of the SDGs, including:

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Clean Water and Sanitation
Water usage
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Affordable and Clean Energy
Renewable energy; Energy efficiency
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Decent Work and Economic Growth
Diversity; Social inclusion; Economic opportunity; Supply chain; Corporate Giving; Community Service
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Responsible Consumption and Production
Process improvements; Recycling; Zero landfill
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Climate Action
CO2e emissions (scope 1, 2)
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Life on Land
FSC certification
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Sustainability Report

The Diamond greenbox initiative is one more way we plan to surpass our customers’ expectations today, tomorrow, and into a greener future.

Contact us to request a copy of Diamond's 2021 Sustainability Report or to request a free Green Promo Kit, which includes printed samples of several different paperboard options and their environmental attributes.

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