At Sabert, our commitment to the environment is a fundamental part of our business philosophy. 

Our commitment to sustainability spans far beyond recyclable or compostable product lines. It impacts our entire business model, from new product development to ongoing modification and product improvements.

We pride ourselves on a deep rooted commitment to environmental values and responsibilities, which we bring to life each day through continued efforts to reduce our corporate environmental impact. From our facilities to our packaging – sustainability and quality are never compromised.

Not only do we want to make food look great, but we want to keep it safe and sustainable too.

We are continually looking for ways to deepen our sustainability efforts and partner with our customers to make a meaningful and lasting environmental impact. Details about our initiatives are outlined in our 2023 Sustainability Report.

2023 Sustainability Report

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Earthtelligent is Sabert’s comprehensive sustainability platform that drives improved environmental outcomes through innovative business thinking. We’re focused on five critical pathways of environmental responsibility and each is underpinned with metrics and initiatives to keep us moving forward.


Waste Reduction Energy Conservation Education & AdvocacySmart SourcingResearch & Reinvention 


90% of waste recycled.


6,000 MT of plastics recycled at Nuvida Recycling Facility.


Recycled roughly the equivalent of 667 million plastic bottles.

Waste Reduction


Our commitment to minimize waste and end-use landfill impact throughout our operations.

  • Continued an employee-led waste reduction, reuse and recycling across facilities

  • Continued our comprehensive program to further improve machine reliability aimed at reducing waste generation

  • Continued to optimize operation conditions to reduce line scraps and employ best practices to ensure finished goods meet specifications 

  • Shredder grinders at all plastics facilities ensure all resin scrap is internally reused and extruded again

  • Continued segregating waste at all plants to prevent contamination thereby improving reuse and recyclability of waste streams

  • Expanded the common area and PPE recycling, conducted waste audits and implemented a stage-gate system


We are committed to finding cleaner and more efficient ways to use energy, water and other precious resources across all of our operations.



  • Energy projects led to well over 3.1 million kWh of energy savings in 2023 across our manufacturing facilities, the equivalent of taking more than 492 cars off the road for the year

  • Thermoforming optimization in Belgium resulted in 20% reduction in use of compressed air

  • Continued to build on programs to conserve energy, water and other natural resources, resulting in an 8% reduction in energy intensity and 10% reduction in GHG emissions intensity compared to 2022

  • Three of our manufacturing facilities plus our Research and Development Center produced 3.1 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy as a result of solar panels


  • Our Perfect Pallet project has optimized our product shipment at every stage, from transport to logistics. Since 2021, this effort has eliminated the use of over 25,000 wooden pallets and over 14 million square feet of cardboard boxes and reduced our transportation footprint by 9.5 million ton-miles

  • Sabert is a US EPA SmartWay Transportation Partner. In the latest reporting year, 63% of ton-miles of freight shipped at Sabert North America were transported with SmartWay carriers.




At Sabert, we believe that creating a sustainable food ecosystem requires collaboration and partnerships with our suppliers, customers, industry and communities. Working together, we can build a strong foundation for the systemic change required to achieve sustainability in the food industry and beyond.


In 2022, we worked with customers/partners to:

  • Package Food Responsibly: We advise customers on packaging sustainability attributes and lifecycle impacts to help them make environmentally conscious packaging decisions.

  • Continuously Improve: We partner with customers to help them meet their sustainability goals for GHG emissions, optimizing package composition and more through an iterative process of customization and product innovation. In 2023, Sabert was awarded Giga-Guru status from Walmart's Supplier Project GigatonTM Program, presented to select suppliers.

  • Stay Ahead on Health, Safety and Legislation: Through our legislative tracking resources and individualized roll-out plans, we help our partners anticipate and plan for new regulations and policies to ensure they have safe and sustainable food packaging now and in the future. We are leading the conversation to help build science-based policies around waste, circularity and PFAs chemicals.

Industry Engagement and Thought Leadership in 2023:


We are committed to ensuring every one of our valued partners, vendors and suppliers follow sustainable practices to ensure that we source responsibly.

  • We source recycled inputs where possible and 81% of our virgin fiber inputs are certified for responsible forest management by weight through Forestry Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative or Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. In 2023, 100% of our US paper inputs held one of these environmentally sound fiber management certifications.

  • In 2023, 13% of our resin raw materials were sourced from either post-consumer resin (PCR) or post-industrial regrind (PIR). Globally, 29% of our PET resin was sourced from recycled material. Strategic investments in Europe allowed for the user of 69% PCR PET resin.

  • 79% of the raw materials in the US were sourced domestically, 100% of the raw materials in China were sourced domestically, and 85% of raw materials in Belgium were sourced within 400 miles from our plant.


As the world continues to face difficult obstacles, we recognize the need for groundbreaking solutions. That’s why we are committed to maintaining a continuous pipeline of new ideas and technologies aimed at reducing climate impacts, increasing efficiencies and facilitating the transition towards a circular economy.

  • Sabert’s team of experts in material science, product design, engineering, and manufacturing collaborate and influence our delivery of new, sustainable, innovative solutions to the marketplace

  • Globally, our teams launched a total of 300 products, of which 91% are recyclable, compostable, or crafted with recycled or bio-based content.

  • With a long-term focus on material and process development, our Centers for Innovation are a critical link in our ability to pave a path to innovation in the products we bring to market while simultaneously moving the industry forward.

  • Our New Product Development team works across all Sabert functions to realize manufacturing efficiencies and more sustainable solutions.


Sabert has in-house recycling capabilities through our plant, Nuvida, one of the world's largest processors and suppliers of food-grade recycled plastic. Nuvida is integral in our waste reduction and smart sourcing pillars, helping us to incorporate recycled plastic otherwise destined for landfill into our product lines.

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Sabert is dedicated to working with a broad range of innovative materials to help clients best meet their sustainability goals and unique product performance demands.









No Bleaching

BRC Certified 

Renewable Resource

Food Contact Safe/FDA Compliant

No Long Chain PFAS

FDA-Approved Short Chain PFAS

Industrial Compostable 

Home Compostable 



Allergen Free

BPA Free

BRC Certified 

Closed Loop/Industrial Recycled 

Food Contact Safe/FDA Compliant

No Perfluorochemicals 

Phthalate Free

Prop 65

Made in the US* (Excludes PS)