Sun Chemical released its annual Corporate Sustainability Report, detailing the company’s commitment to sustainability in its operations, products and services and collaborations during 2021.
Sun Chemical organized a Corporate Sustainability Committee in August 2020 to address its sustainability initiatives and oversee sustainability strategies. The committee created a framework for future initiatives that focus on reusing, reducing, renewing, recycling and redesigning. These steps enabled the company to align its sustainability goals with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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The report indicates Sun Chemical achieved its energy and water usage goals in 2021. It reduced water usage in operations by 6% and overall waste sent to landfills by 6.5%, compared to 2019. The long-term target for the company is to reduce CO₂ levels by 50% by 2030.
Sun Chemical is developing products that decrease overall packaging weight and waste by removing protective film layers. Its formulating solutions enhance recyclability by allowing a higher yield of recycled PET from bottle recycling streams.
The report includes some of Sun Chemical’s accolades in sustainability, including a bronze rating from EcoVadis and bronze-level material health ratings from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
The Sun Chemical sustainability report is available to customers and can be requested online at sunchemical.com/sustainability.
Gary Andrzejewski, corporate vice president of environmental affairs at Sun Chemical, says, “By focusing on the three pillars of our sustainability strategy, Sun Chemical remains committed to following sustainable practices and materials throughout the product lifecycle. Consumers want brands to not only provide high-quality products made with minimal waste and bio-renewable content but to utilize sustainable best practices during all stages of production, from manufacturing to distribution. Sun Chemical’s strategic sustainability framework allows us to ensure the sustainability of end products by increasing bio-renewable content, improving recyclability rates and reducing waste.”
Michael Simoni, global product stewardship leader at Sun Chemical, says, “The sustainability report shows Sun Chemical’s commitment to our sustainability goals, but we’re continuing to find new ways to improve. By guiding future product development based on reuse, reduce, renew, recycle and redesign, Sun Chemical is able to develop the next generation of industry-leading, high-quality products that further increase the use of bio-renewable and recyclable materials for our customers.”