ENVIRONMENT - RENOLIT'S PART

RENOLIT  produces PVC, Polyester and Polypropylene laminates as well as a variety of films for other end uses. While we produce PVC-free products, we believe that the environmental evidence supports PVC as a great choice for long-life products such as our laminates.

When our thermoplastic (PVC, PP, PET) laminates are used over wood based substrates such as particleboard and MDF, our laminates significantly reduce the VOC emission rates.This may have the effect of improving the indoor air quality on many components.  

We take the safety of all of our ingredients or material seriously and comply with REACH, the European initiative to assure the safest available materials are used.

RENOLIT has a strong supporting role in VInyl 2010, an organization dedicated to the sustainability of our products. This 10 year initiative established in 2000 has lead to 948,827 metric tons of PVC being recycled and the goal of recycling more than 200,000 metric tons of PVC per year by 2010 has been surpassed. 

Our Cramlington, UK plant is certified in the internationally recognized standard for health and safety management OHSAS18001 as of December 2008. The Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series was developed under the direction of the British Standard Institution (BSI) in cooperation with various international certification associations. This certification is in line with our Principles for Quality, Occupational Health and Safety, binding for all employees at all location of the RENOLIT group as of February 2009. 

In addition to paying attention to material safety and product sustainability, we pride ourselves on efforts of our own people.  At American RENOLIT’s headquarters in LaPorte, IN we've adopted the “3 Rs” throughout the plant to promote sustainability. Money accumulated from the recycling efforts is set aside and then rewarded to the staff at the end of the year.

  1. Reduce the amount of waste accumulated and control what is deemed to be waste
  2. Reuse and then Recycle as much as possible.
  3. Recycle waste that cannot be reused. 

Recycling facts:

  • Americans throw away enough aluminum every 3 months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet!
  • For every ton of paper that is recycled, the following are saved:
    • 17 trees
    • 275 pounds of sulfur
    • 350 pounds of limestone
    • 9,000 pounds of steam
    • 60,000 gallons of water
    • 225 kilowatt hours
    • 3.3 cubic yards of landfill
  • The average time it takes for plastic bottles to decompose in a landfill is close to 700 years
  • Used plastic dumped into the sea kills and destroys sea life at an estimated 1,000,000 sea creatures every year
  • The 36 billion aluminum cans which ended up at landfills last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million
  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees

 

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