Other Sustainability Resources

NOVOLEX supports a diversity of trade groups and non-profit organizations focused on improving the triple bottom line of people, planet and productivity of North American manufacturing.

The American Progressive Bag Alliance

The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) was founded in 2005 to represent a thriving and resourceful industry employing over 30,000 American workers in 40 states. The APBA proactively promotes product lines and leads numerous public policy initiatives that serve as the frontline defense against plastic bag bans and taxes nationwide.

Key initiatives include, increasing recycling opportunities, preventing litter and protecting our natural resources, encouraging plastic bag reuse, correcting misinformation regarding litter and waste, educating the public about the environmental advantage to using plastic bags, and combating ill-advised legislation that could limit consumer choices

Sustainable Packaging Coalition®

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition® (SPC) is an industry working group dedicated to a more robust environmental vision for packaging. Through strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, we endeavor to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials.

The SPC is a project of GreenBlue®, a nonprofit that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable.

Society of the Plastic Industry

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $373 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900,000 American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers advocacy, market research, industry promotion, and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), is the national voice for plastics in Canada. With over 3,170 companies employing 95,400 workers, Canada’s $29.2 billion plastics industry is a sophisticated, multi-faceted sector encompassing plastic products manufacturing, machinery, moulds, and resins

The CPIA is a dynamic, member-driven organization dedicated to the growth of plastics businesses and helping the industry reach its full potential. We are an advocacy association, and we speak with one powerful voice.

The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA)

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) is the national trade association of the forest products industry and advances public policies that promote a strong and sustainable U.S. forest products industry in the global marketplace.

A Bag’s Life

Reduce. Recycle. Reuse. A Bag’s Life is a public educational campaign that unites non-profits, community and government organizations around the common goal of promoting the three R’s as they relate to plastic bags and common films and wraps used in our everyday lives.

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc (ISRI)

ISRI members are manufacturers and processors, brokers and industrial consumers of scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass, and textiles. ISRI’s associate members include equipment and service providers to the scrap recycling industry. Manufacturers and sellers of equipment and services—such as shredders, balers, cranes, cargo transporters, computer systems, and more—find value in promoting the scrap recycling industry through their membership in ISRI.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

SFI® Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. We work with conservation groups, local communities, resource professionals, landowners, and countless other organizations and individuals who share our passion for responsible forest management.

  • NOVOLEX Duro Bag® brand paper retail bags meet SFI® certification standards

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

  • NOVOLEX Duro Bag® brand produces a line of Rainforest Alliance certified paper retail bags

Operation Clean Sweep®

OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP® is an international program designed to prevent resin pellet loss and help keep pellets out of the marine environment. Every segment of the plastics industry has a role to play – including resin producers, transporters, bulk terminal operators and plastics processors – by implementing good housekeeping and pellet containment practices. The goal: achieving zero pellet loss.

  • NOVOLEX facilities that handle plastic resins all participate in OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP® to protect our comminities and planet


The How2Recycle Label is a voluntary, standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. Variation in recycling programs, unclear labeling, and inaccurate recyclability claims make proper recycling a challenge. The How2Recycle Label was created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information to consumers. Currently the label only applies to packaging sold in the U.S., with a few select plastic film and paper labels available for packaging sold in Canada.

  • NOVOLEX Hilex Poly® brand has a line of plastic retail bags that carry the HOW2RECYCLE sysmbol.
  • NOVOLEX works with customers to help impliment their HOW2RECYCLE labeling program on our products.

EPA WasteWise

Wastewise helps organizations and businesses apply sustainable materials management practices to reduce municipal and select industrial wastes.

Organizations can join WasteWise as a partner, endorser, or both. Partners demonstrate how they reduce waste, practice environmental stewardship, and incorporate sustainable materials management into their waste-handling processes. Endorsers promote enrollment in WasteWise as part of a comprehensive approach to help their stakeholders realize the economic benefits to reducing waste.

Launched in 1994, WasteWise has become a mainstay in environmental stewardship and continues to evolve to address tomorrow’s environmental needs.

  • NOVOLEX™ Hilex Poly® brand has participated in the EPA WasteWise program and a participant and endorser since 2010.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps

EDF Climate Corps is the premier fellowship program from Environmental Defense Fund. We recruit and train top graduate students and embed them in leading organizations to provide expert hands-on support for your energy management initiatives.

  • NOVOLEX Hilex Poly® brand has participated in the EDF Climate Corps in 2012, 2013 and 2014.


Form information on the current Canadian VOC report for Novolex Custom Film & Bag – Orangeville, see the attached PDF: NPRI 2016 VOC Public Report

For information on the Orangeville Toxic Reduction Plan see the attached PDF: Orangeville Toxic Reduction Plan Summary 2015