Sustainability and Environment

KIVO is aware of its influence on the environment. The production of foils does not only cost energy and raw materials, but unfortunately also contributes to the waste dump. This is why KIVO is unrolling a program aiming for an active contribution to diminish this waste dump. A program that is connected to all previous initiatives with this goal. We strive to minimize the ecological footprint, within every step of the production and distribution chain.

Circular Economy

KIVO Plastic Packaging is consciously reducing the ecological footprint of its activities. As a result, we are devoting a great deal of attention to pursuing a circular economic policy. This is achieved by reducing the use of raw materials, promoting reuse and recycling and reducing the generation of waste.

In order to achieve this, KIVO Plastic Packaging works on the basis of the following five principles:
Reduce: by downgauging, packaging becomes lighter
Reuse: developing and promoting reusable packaging
Recycle: production surplus is recovered and waste is collected for recycling.
Redesign: developing new designs that enable reuse
Renew: using renewable materials

Every day in our own laboratory, and in collaboration with the University of Wageningen, we are developing packaging that is based on renewable materials and/or is biodegradable. This is to reduce dependence on fossil fuels such as oil and to reduce the pressure on the environment.


KIVO Plastic Packaging is a driver of downgauging. After all, the benefits for the customer and the environment are endless. By using innovative recipes, enormous savings can still be achieved with the same, or even improved, properties. The use of thinner films means less material costs per packaging, less raw material consumption and waste, more meters on the roll and therefore also positive effects on machine downtime, transport, storage and natural energy consumption. Thinner films of as much as 50% are no exception. This method of production has positive consequences for people and the environment, which is important for us.


The use of green energy

KIVO Plastic Packaging is convinced that we are a better company if we work together with our customers and employees to create a better world. We are constantly looking for sustainable solutions, investments and initiatives. We want to create sustainable value for our customers, stakeholders and society as a whole. This is expressed, among other things, in the use of green energy. Recently, an enormous number of solar panels have been installed at our locations in Zwolle and Volendam.
Owner-director Robert Kwakman: ‘Flexible plastic has a bad image in the market. We tackle everything that contributes to the further sustainability of our product. The solar panels will enable us to produce the bread bags in an energy-neutral way.

ISO 26000

CSR has been part of the standards and values of KIVO Plastic Packaging for many years, but to make this clear, KIVO Plastic Packaging has used ISO 26000 as its guideline. This international guideline makes it possible to integrate CSR into working methods and procedures in a demonstrable way. The ISO 26000 guideline is a well-founded umbrella for CSR initiatives to which KIVO Plastic Packaging has been connected. In addition to formally implementing the ISO 26000 directive, KIVO Plastic Packaging also does so in a practical manner by means of a so-called “self-declaration”. This self-declaration and its reference matrix shall be drawn up in accordance with the NPR 9026+C1. You will find them below, complete with links to documents for substantiation.

Zelfverklaring NEN-ISO 26000

Referentiematrix Zelfverklaring NEN-ISO 26000

Code-of-Conduct NRK

Code-of-Conduct KIVO

Chain efficiency

KIVO Plastic Packaging has won the 1st prize of the MJA Chain Efficiency several times within the plastics sector. The Long-Term Energy Efficiency Agreement (LTA) is a voluntary – but not without commitment – agreement between government, industry and institutions to improve the energy efficiency of products, services and processes and thereby reduce the use of fossil fuels. In that context, the MJA was drawn up for the more effective and efficient use of energy. As a result, the amount of energy required per unit of product or service is reduced.

We achieved this by:
– Downgauging
– Working with the latest raw materials
– Use of bio-based materials
– Regenerate use
– Driver of circular economy
– Comply with industry/local government agreements