Quality/Standards

Certification : A strong commitment

Quality and environment have always been at the centre of the group's development strategy. A commitment validated by a proactive and innovative approach to certification which applies to both and to the marketed products.

CERTIFICATION, PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS

Beginning in 1983, SPHERE became a pioneer. It developed and participated in defining the NF environment standard for refuse bags. The group then continued with its certification momentum. Today, almost all of its offering, from the materials used to the products themselves meet official standards and certifications. 

 

Plant-based Polyethylene

The group's latest environmental innovation is the introduction of plant-based polyethylene made from sugar cane. Progress which helps to significantly reduce the carbon bill in the household packaging sector. The plant-based polyethylene used is bio-based certified: insert link to braskem.

Certification of the finished products is being finalised.

 

100 % biodegradable bioplastic

Products made of BIOPLAST meet standard EN 13432: 2000. It certifies their full biodegradability and guarantees their environmental safety. This compliance is validated by having obtained the OK Compost label created by AIB VINCOTTE a Belgian organisation recognised by AFNOR and the LNE, as well as the Compostable label created by the German organisation Din Certco. What is biodegradability? Biodegradability is the assimilation of a material by micro-organisms until all that remains is water, CO2, CH4 (methane) and possibly by-products (residues, new biomass) which is non-toxic for the environment.
Guaranteed by standard EN 13432: 2000, biodegradability is dependent on 4 main points: 

  • The control of components involving verifying that no heavy metals are present.
  • The 90% biodegradability threshold must be reached in at most 6 months
  • Disintegration: no fragments larger than 2mm x 2 mm must remain after 12 weeks.
  • Ecotoxicity of the humus.

 

Fossil polyethylene

A petrochemical partner, SPhere has been working on polyethylenes for many years to improve their characteristics. This knowledge allows the group to use the latest generations of polyethylene such as metallocene, flexitene and supertene.

 

Recycled polyethylene

The SPhere group uses recycled materials that limit the impact on the environment.
All the production sites have a recycling plant to treat waste generated on the site. They also recover balls of plastic bags from sorted waste collections or industrial waste.

 

Food contact packaging

The SPhere group meets all European standards and conducts regular tests on its products. It verifies that its suppliers are in compliance with these regulations. The group is supplied exclusively from manufacturers with whom it has worked for over 20 years in order to be able to guarantee full compliance with current standards and full traceability of its products.
SPhere works with its suppliers to reduce or even eliminate the use of plasticisers and strictly complies with current regulations.

CERTIFIED OUR SITES, A CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROCESS

Aware of the importance of the environment in its development strategy, the group has been committed to the certification of its sites for many years.

  • All the group's sites are ISO 9001 certified.
  • Two sites, PTL (France) and SPhere Nederland are ISO 14001 certified.

An approach for the group which: 

  • demonstrates the commitment of the sites as responsible enterprises, strengthens the confidence of the group's partners (customers, authorities, investors, residents, insurers, etc.) by providing an additional guarantee.
  • improves cost control through better management of resources.
  • involves all employees in a shared project that enhances their working context.