We are reusers
Trioplast social responsibility
For us at Trioplast it is important to focus on sustainability and environment. Our sustainability work is about thinking long-term by for example innovative product development, but also include the care for the environment and sustainability in everything we do. From the individual employee who turns of the light by the end of day, to the production unit that reduces the waste from the manufacturing. By reducing our energy consumption and our emission while increasing the recycling is an ongoing work at Trioplast every day.
ENVIRONMENT IN MIND
At Trioplast we think about the environment in everything we do. Each division, each production unit and every employee contributes to minimize environmental impact. ‘Remove’, ‘Reduce’ and’ Reuse’ are the keywords that remind us of our daily environmental work.
Using renewable raw material in our manufacturing of a product reduces our environmental impact significantly. Therefore, we are extra proud of our product ‘Triogreen,’ which consists of renewable raw material. We are one of few companies in the world that can offer an alternative to the traditional polyethylene film. This we are also proud of.
Together with our customers we work to optimize the use of material, packaging solutions and transport to keep our shared environmental impact to a minimum. We develop thinner and stronger products and use more and more recycled materials. We optimize transport to and from us by filling the trucks. In this way we do not compromise on quality, function or our environment.
We enjoy recycling. Therefore, we make sure to reuse all material in our production that is not delivered to our customers. We not only enjoy recycling our own materials, we also recycle externally purchased material. It is our natural cycle.
A true circular economy – Trioplast focuses on recycled material
Headquartered in the Nordic region of Europe, Trioplast originates from a region with very strong and well developed structures for effective recycling of various materials. There´s a strong culture of recycling in Sweden and neighboring countries, where most people sort their waste and recycle metal packaging, plastic packaging and glass bottles.
At Trioplast, we work actively to reduce our impact on the environment. One of the best examples of our relentless focus is the Climate Smart Carrier Bag, made of up to 80% recycled plastics.
Littering is a major problem in many countries
The world’s growth areas especially, such as China and South America, have problems with excessive littering. But even parts of Europe, primarily southern and eastern Europe, show the same issues. Plastic carrier bags comprise a certain portion of the waste. The high consumption is explained by the use of thin, poor-quality plastic bags, which results in higher use because they break easily. Furthermore, plastic bags and other garbage are deposited in large landfills. Erosion in the landfills brings the plastic bags to the surface and among other things, they can be blown out to sea, where they contribute to marine littering. As a result of littering and the high consumption of plastic bags, in 2015 the EU put its foot down and set requirements for its member countries. The requirement was a reduction in the use of plastic carrier bags from 90 to 40 bags per person and year in Europe by 2025.
However, it is important to understand that we do not have the same littering issues here in the Nordic region. Our bags are better and more durable than the bags in southern Europe, and after using them for purchases – often more than once – we use them as garbage bags. We recycle the bags that we do not use as garbage bags at recycling stations. What is a truly Nordic challenge is how we can reduce the environmental burden of our bags in the form of a reduced carbon footprint. This is where our climate-smart carrier bags in recycled material come in to play. By using up to 80% recycled material, we are drastically reducing our environmental impact.
A strong recycling culture in Trioplast – and growing
The Climate Smart Carrier Bag is only one example of how Trioplast continuously incorporate more and more recycled material into the product range. Other product areas are well underway. In total, out of a total volume of around 200 000 tons processed material, more than 25% is made of recycled material.
LOCALLY GROWN PLASTIC FROM THE FOREST
An environmental hero within reach
Locally grown plastic, green plastic or climate-smart plastic. A pet child has many names, but what are they really referring to? Simply stated, locally grown plastic, or green plastic, is made from biomass from the forest, or in other words, forestry waste products in the form of branches, tops, bark and wood shavings. Trioplast is part of the exciting project initiated by SEKAB.
Behind the break through of transforming wood raw materials into bioplastic is a long and intensive research project at a company called SEKAB. Suitably enough, they can be found in Europe’s leading biorefinery, which uses wood raw materials as a base. The biorefinery is located in Domsjö outside Örnsköldsvik, and at SEKAB's demonstration facility, Biorefinery Demo Plant, research has been combined with test runs, leading to the development of the new technology.
When it comes to locally made plastic, a lot began already in 2014. That was when Sekab started the “Locally Grown Plastic” project and began close partnerships with Trioplast, Sveaskog, Södra, Borealis, Tetrapak, Norgesgruppen, Polarbröd and ICA. The goal was to create a value chain together all the way from the forest to complete products, such as carrier bags, milk packages and diapers. The project proved to be successful and today, expertise and technology are in place. However, there’s still no full-scale production facility which have production of poly ethylene based on material originating from the forest. Trioplast, SEKAB and the other other stakeholders of the project is now working on securing interest and finances to continue into a full-scale project.
Switching to bio based plastic offers many advantages, especially from an environmental perspective. For example, existing producers of plastic based on biomass reduces carbon impact substantially compared with fossil plastics. That will be further enhanced if we can start up production of cellulose-based plastic.
Triogreen is our brand for the products that we, together with our customers, have chosen to make from green polyethylene. Triogreen comes with a number of positive environmental effects, of which the major one is less CO2 footprint. Because green polyethylene and fossil polyethylene have the same properties, we can produce all kinds of films and products under the name Triogreen.
All products that used to come in traditional polyethylene – fossil polyethylene – can come in Triogreen, that is, they can be made from green polyethylene. What is unique about Triogreen is that the final product has precisely the same excellent qualities as ordinary polyethylene.
TRIOPLAST RUNS ON RENEWABLE ENERGY
Trioplast has, as part of the aim to continuously reduce the impact on the environment, partly switched to renewable energy in the company's production units. The conversion of plastic products is a relatively energy-intensive activity, and the change to renewable energy therefor comes with a very positive environmental impact. The transition to a carbon-free energy reduces emissions from the Trioplast Group with 35.000 MT of CO2 per year.
In addition to the fact that there’s a direct environmental impact by this active choice of renewable energy, we are also proud to contribute to the development and deployment of renewable energy investments that help us build a long-term sustainable society.
With this transition Trioplast uses energy sources that are naturally renewed. These include wind power, solar power derived from the Sun's radiation and hydro power. Renewable energy that is produced with as little environmental impact as possible, as it is not associated with high carbon emissions.
FN GLOBAL COMPACT
Trioplast is a part of the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative – the United nations Global Compact initiative
The initiative call for companies around the world to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. The work is build up around 10 principles, where Trioplast will further strengthen the support and actions:
- Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
- Principle 2: Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
- Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
- Principle 4: The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor.
- Principle 5: The effective abolition of child labor.
- Principle 6: The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
- Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
- Principle 8: Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
- Principle 9: Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
- Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.