COMPANIES

COMPANIES

Izumi Co., Ltd.

Implementing the Ministry of the Environment's Plastics Smart campaign, we manufacture the Nano² Air Cell Mat, a new air cell cushioning material designed to reduce impacts on the global environment.

As packaging and cushioning industry professionals primarily serving the automotive and mail order industries, we are committed to popularizing and promoting the use of Air Cell Mat, a bubble cushioning material. Furthermore, we continue to improve the functions of the Air Cell Mat, our main product, and integrate it with various other materials to create new products that meet our customers' needs. As we manufacture products using raw materials derived from petroleum, we are going forward to promote our business as an environmentally friendly company actively implementing low-carbon and resource-conserving measures. We will open further avenues to the future of package cushioning materials, while fulfilling our responsibilities as the Air Cell Mat manufacturer.

Production Examples

  • Nano² Air Cell Mat

    This environmentally friendly bubble cushioning material is made with 28% less polyethylene resin than conventional products, containing 30% or more biomass plastic. Using plastic material made from sugarcane-derived biomass resources, this wholly unique product is certified by the Japan BioPlastics Association. Application of nanotechnology results in films that are stronger yet thinner, decreasing the amount of raw material used while reducing both carbon dioxide emissions and waste.

  • Eco-Pack Mail

    Unique and unmatched by any other product, Eco-Pack Mail is a separable cushioned envelope using the Air Cell Mat that generates no harmful gasses when burned. As the Air Cell Mat lining is bonded to the paper envelope with heat only, it is easy to separate from the paper. This highly functional product offers mail-order sales and logistics superior packing efficiency and lower shipping costs. Along with sales from our standard inventory of eight sizes in two colors—yellow and white—we also handle customized printing in small lots. Our product line also includes the Eco Pack Slim, the Eco Pack Wide gusseted envelope, the Air Cell delivery bag with Air Cell Mat lining, and the inexpensive ANKAH Mail imported cushioned envelope.

  • Thermal Air Cell

    This product is made by adding a weatherproofing agent to the air cell cushioning material, enabling it withstand use as heat insulation sheets inside polytunnels (vinyl greenhouses). For winter days when heaters may be required to maintain temperatures inside the greenhouse, the use of thermal air cell as an interior lining for the greenhouse helps retain heat, thus cutting fuel costs and reducing CO2 emissions due to its excellent thermal properties. It is also highly transparent and features superior physical strength in comparison with competitors' products.

  • SPL-500

    Using a special compound of polyethylene and other plastics, we have developed a singular cushioning material with air cells that rarely collapse. Items conventionally shipped in specifications requiring two packaging materials, such as cardboard boxes with plastic bags or decorative gift boxes with cushioning materials, can now be shipped using a single package, thereby reducing time in operations, material costs, and shipping expenses. The material can be used not only for automobile components and steel products, but also as a substitute for cardboard and plastic cardboard.

  • Uruou

    This patented moist and insulated concrete curing sheet was jointly developed with Taikei Construction Co., Ltd.
    [Registration Number: CB-180004-VE under the New Technology Information System (NETIS)]
    The manufacturing process creates a zigzag pattern integrating non-woven water-absorbing fabric and film-laminated air cell mat, enabling construction of high-quality concrete structures with greater labor savings and lower costs. The curing sheet is environmentally friendly.

    Major Features
    ・Improves concrete quality—the moisture retention effect maintains concrete surface wetness for longer periods, promoting the hydration reaction and improving concrete quality.
    ・Reduces environmental impacts—significantly reduces wetting frequency and suppresses the generation of alkaline polluted water.
    ・Reduces costs—as a rough approximation, sheets can be reused five times, and the lightweight material enables significantly reduced costs in comparison with curing mats of the same type.
    ・Saves on labor—the extraordinary reduction in weight (approximately 3.5 kg for 1200 mm x 20 m roll) saves the labor required for transportation and installation.

Company Profile

Company Name Izumi Co., Ltd.
Founded 1976
Capital 10 million yen
Head Office 2-5, Kinjo 4-chome, Kita-ku, Nagoya, 462-0847 Japan
Representative Yoshihiro Ito, President
Number of Employees 140
Business Activities
  • Manufacture and sales of air cell mat (bubble cushioning material)
  • Sales of other packing products and polishing products

Responding to climate change

Toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions

<< Obtained SBT certification for small and medium-sized businesses >>

[Contents of reduction target]


●Reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 42% in 2030 compared to 2021

●Work to understand and reduce Scope 3 emissions

*The above target is certified at the 1.5℃ level, which is the most ambitious level that can be certified using the current process.


Base year GHG inventory

The CO2 emissions for the base year are as follows.


Base year: 2021

●SCOPE1: 35.5 tCO2

●SCOPE2: 1,722.0 tCO2


Analysis of risks and opportunities from future climate change

We have assumed the risks associated with future climate change scenarios and opportunities to respond to them as shown below.


【risk】

●Increase in costs due to an increase in the frequency of new installation and replacement of equipment due to the advancement of low-carbon technology

● Accelerating shift away from plastics due to changes in consumer attitudes

●Delays in material procurement and delivery due to logistics suspension due to urban floods, etc.


【opportunity】

●The number of customers who are highly aware of climate change risks will increase, creating an environment in which it will be easier to promote your company’s environmentally friendly products.

●As the need for lighter loads increases in the transportation field, demand for our environmentally friendly products will increase.

●Working towards SBT level goals will raise awareness of reducing environmental impact within the company and lead to cost reductions through reduction activities.

●Promoting environmental initiatives within the company will increase empathy with young human resources, lead to securing human resources with future potential, and improve corporate value.


Interview

Background leading to participation in this project

Our company has been working on environmental issues from an early stage, such as by developing bubble cushioning materials containing biomass plastic that reduce environmental impact. We participated in this project with the hope of accelerating efforts toward carbon neutrality and ensuring reliable information disclosure to client companies.


Observations and impressions after participating

Up until now, we have been working on calculating greenhouse gas emissions in-house little by little, but there were some ambiguities in the calculations that made us feel uneasy. I feel that it was a great success that we were able to solve these questions one by one through the advice of experts in this project. We are able to objectively create accurate data that complies with the international framework of carbon neutrality by outside experts, and we believe this will give momentum to our company’s promotion going forward.


Future proposals from the company

Our products are widely used in transportation, mainly by mail-order businesses and manufacturing companies. However, while it is a very useful material, there are parts where it has to rely on petroleum-derived raw materials, and for this reason, client companies have requested materials regarding environmental friendliness. Now that we have been able to accurately calculate greenhouse gas emissions, we are now able to confidently disclose information to our customers. Our company is also actively working on the new issue of carbon neutrality, and would like to accelerate waste reduction and environmental initiatives based on the visualization made through this project. We would also like to differentiate ourselves from other companies by disclosing detailed information and become a company chosen by clients.