Sustainability + ESG
Solutions For The Better.
As an organization, we have come to embrace the dilemma presented by plastics: That while the benefits to society are seemingly endless and growing, the potential downsides are real and must be responsibly managed. At Spartech, we have committed to being a leader in the careful management of both sides of this coin: To give the world the very best that plastics can provide, while reducing their negative impact on our future.
Putting Plastics In Their Place.
Today unfortunately, some simply dismiss plastics as an enemy of the planet. But that is as short-sided as was the once-held idea that plastics would be an industrial panacea.
While some of the issues surrounding plastics may be complex, the simple truth is this: Strong, lightweight plastics enable us all to live safer, easier and better lives.
But finding the right balance between sustainability and performance can be difficult, due to vast differences in performance required for each application. Working with Spartech can help achieve the optimal balance between performance and sustainability.
Through innovative, sustainable and progressive practices and solutions, we intend to play an ever stronger and more vocal role in helping the world reap the incredible benefits of plastics, today and into the future.
Operationally, we do this through increasing capabilities in regrind and recyclability, including closed-loop recycling programs, the use of sustainable, phthalate-free PVC materials and high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE).
We do this through greener materials, including recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), PDVC-free packaging, bio-based, compostable materials, and home product materials that that allow use the use of eco-friendly hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) instead of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
And, through material efficiency, like the Polycast® security barrier technology, which uses less material than other substitutes and our lenticular product line, which reduces number of LED bulbs needed in tail lights. Spartech can also ‘lightweight’ electric vehicles by replacing metal with plastic components.
Sustainability. The Key To Future Value.
We have placed sustainability, environment, social and governance (ESG) issues at the very center of our focus. Not simply to comply with regulations and standards, but to drive true change that transforms tomorrow. This, we believe, is how real value is created.
So we are strong stewards of the environment. Seeking new ways to improve air quality. Using less packaging. Reducing and reusing water and waste. Managing hazardous materials. Mitigating climate change.
We will also fuel social change. Build a path to access and affordability. Create diversity and inclusion initiatives. Support human rights. And, boost employee engagement to ensure more sustainable careers and more stable lives.
We seek to be a model for ethical conduct. Exceed compliance and regulatory standards. Source the most efficient materials. Lead the way in data security and customer privacy.
The world needs a better, more responsible approach to the business and the benefits of plastics. Spartech intends to be the organization that points our industry—and the world in general—toward solutions for the better. To learn more, visit theworldmadebetter.com.
How We Make a Difference for Your Products, and the Environment.
- Recyclable: Customers' trim is 100% recyclable
- Recycled Content: Substrates can be designed to integrate 100% recycled content for a closed loop product.
- Closed Loop: Customers' trim recycled back into a substrate for use in a similar product, avoding landfill or downcycling
- Supply Chain Sustainability: We repurchase trim from our customers' locations across the United States
- Production Optimization: By repurposing production trim back into structures, we save energy and minimze waste
- Economical: Substrates are designed to meet customers' performance, aesthetic, and cost expectations
Spartech is a member of The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry and dedicated to environmentally sustainable product solutions. APR promotes the plastics recycling industry by providing leadership for long-term industry growth and vitality, including developing protocols for packaging design for greater recyclability, improving the quality of postconsumer plastics entering the environment, and fostering a strong interface with end-user markets. The membership, gives Spartech opportunities to interact and network with over 300 like-minded organizations focused on recycling and sustainability initiatives, help Spartech to assist our customers in gaining a broader understanding of sustainability challenges that companies and industries are facing and develop custom recyclable-forward plastics products and solutions to meet these needs.