Can manufacturing lead the way to a sustainable future?

Because of the growing understanding that major challenges, such as climate change, resource constraints and urbanization require major solutions, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board has decided to channel the power of the capital markets to tackle these issues head on. The SASB issued standards for the following five industries: aerospace and defense; chemicals; containers and packaging; electrical/ electronic equipment; and industrial machinery and goods.

The global market for sustainable packaging is predicted to grow to $244 billion by 2018. This is an increase of 28% in only five years.

Companies are starting to look at the value of closing the loop in the product life cycle. In the United States the amount of plastic, steel, glass, aluminum and paper sent to landfills annually is estimated at $11.4 billion. This represents a substantial loss of potential feedstock for new containers and packaging. The American Forest and paper Association launched its “Better Practices, Better Planet 2020” initiative to accelerate recycling rates of paper packaging by more than 70% by 2020.

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CDF’s green operations

Our goal is to eliminate unnecessary waste. As a company, it is our mission to reduce, reuse and recycle.

CDF’s Plant Green program recycles over 150,000 lbs of cardboard product and over 25,000 lbs of co-mingled material annually. We are also recycling 98% of excess packaging received from suppliers. The Plastic Regrind Program is a longstanding initiative that has allowed us to recycle over 3 million lbs of internally generated plastic per year.

As a company we have decreased our energy consumption by changing to 100% high-efficiency lighting and installing energy efficient air compression systems used throughout our manufacturing facility, resulting in significantly reduced HVAC usage. We have also invested in an energy transfer system to distribute heat from manufacturing to other parts of the production facility. Our investment in energy-efficient machinery that has lead us to produce better quality products and contributed to annual energy savings of 70% over previous equipment.