Sustainability

Sustainability
Much more than a buzzword, we’re trying to do sustainability for real, both in the way we work and the products we make. We know there’s a lot more to do, both on a business and industry level, but we’re also pleased to share what’s working so far.

Drive change by our actions and inspire others to contribute to a sustainable future

Why?

For us sustainability means taking care of people inside and outside the business, creating conscious materials and protecting the natural environment we depend on to make them. We’re making choices that will help to sustain these important elements so we can continue to serve our customers long into the future.

How?

We know sustainability isn’t something that we achieve, it’s a whole new way of working and thinking. That means it runs throughout the whole business, engaging every department and each individual in some way or another. We encourage everyone to contribute their ideas, big or small.

To work efficiently, we’re grouped into teams with particular focus areas of expertise and each group identifies their top focus and opportunities for improvement.

Sustainability Journey - Materials

Developing our product portfolio. Researching new raw materials.

Sustainability Journey - Operations

Production. Packaging. Energy Efficiency. Water. Waste. Lean

Sustainability Journey - Business Travel

Travel policy. Time management.

Sustainability Journey - Go Virtual

Online meetings. Customer portals. Webinars & events.

Sustainability Journey - Our Workplace

Consumables. Waste. Energy usage (non-production). Safe & happy place to work.

Sustainability Journey - Educate & Inform

Sharing insights and training for internal & external teams.

What?

We know there’s a lot of work to do, both on a business and industry level, but we’re also pleased to share what we’ve done so far. Our teams work hard to make sure we walk the talk. See examples below…

Sustainability Objectives + Goals

HEXPOL TPE - Sustainability Targets

HEXPOL has implemented Group-wide objectives to reduce its environmental impact, to create safe and secure workplaces and to be a good corporate citizen.

The work is conducted in a systematic way and the objectives are linked to UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the outcome of these targets, including activities linked to Energy Efficiency, Climate Change and the Environmental Aspects of Polymer Materials on our corporate pages. Here you’ll also find the HEXPOL Group Sustainability Report.

HEXPOL TPE Impact Report 2020

HEXPOL TPE Impact Report

We’ve put this report together to show the environmental impact of our European operations in terms of the energy and water we consume and the waste we produce.

It’s a zoomed-in version of the HEXPOL Group Sustainability Report. The scope isn’t as wide, but it focusses on how we’re doing at our companies in Sweden, the UK and Germany.

We’ve aimed for a straightforward report, not full of jargon, buzzwords and clichés. We hope it helps show how we’re working today and how we’re hoping to improve in the future.

Resource Saving Materials

We’re part of a movement that’s re-thinking how we design, make, re-use and recycle plastic materials and products. As most conventional plastics are derived from oil, a diminishing resource, we’re offering a more sustainable approach. An LCA study is currently underway for our Biobased TPEs.

Dryflex Green TPEs - Soft Plastics From Plants

Soft plastics from plants…Dryflex Green are Biobased TPEs with raw materials from renewable sources

Lifocork Biocomposite Cork Compounds

Lifocork Biocomposites combine the feel of natural cork with the processability of plastics

Dryflex Circular TPEs - with Recycled Content

We’re turning waste into resource, by taking recycled polymers and incorporating them into our TPEs

Our sustainability journey

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Sustainability Journey - Business Travel
For travel that couldn't be avoided, our UK company planted trees in the local area to offset 32 tCO2e from business travel & commuting in 2020
Sustainability Journey - Operations
Our UK company is certified ISO 45001 for Health & Safety Management
Sustainability Journey - Operations
Our German company switched to 100% non-fossil energy
Sustainability Journey - Business Travel
Company vehicle CO2 emissions cap lowered in UK and updated company car policy to favour hybrid & electric vehicles
Sustainability Journey - Operations
UK site found an outlet for their production lump waste, diverting it from incineration
Sustainability Journey - Our Workplace
Electrical car charging posts for employees and visitors installed at the Sweden site
Sustainability Journey - Educate & Inform
Myth busting - What’s the difference between Biobased and Biodegradable Plastics
Sustainability Journey - Materials
Expansion of our range of Biobased TPEs - Dryflex Green
Sustainability Journey - Our Workplace
Our Sustainability Focus Groups are born
Sustainability Journey - Go Virtual
We're embracing virtual meetings & TEAMS working
Sustainability Journey - Business Travel
As part of our Greener K2019 where travel couldn't be avoided we offset 16,0000kg of CO2 (that's 54 flights from Oslo to New York)
Sustainability Journey - Materials
Launched new range of TPEs containing recycled content - Dryflex Circular
Sustainability Journey - Educate & Inform
Joined UK Circular Plastics Network
Sustainability Journey - Operations
UK site switches to 100% renewable energy
Sustainability Journey - Educate & Inform
Kirsty & Caitlin from our UK team joined BPF's Polymer Ambassador scheme
Logo: The Global Compact
HEXPOL Group signed UN Global Compact
Sustainability Journey - Operations
Sweden site switches to 100% renewable energy
Sustainability Journey - Educate & Inform
We joined the Nordic Bioplastics Association
Sustainability Journey - Operations
German site initial certification date ISO 50001
Sustainability Journey - Materials
Biobased TPE compounds launched - Dryflex Green
Sustainability Journey - Operations
USA site initial certification date ISO 14001
Sustainability Journey - Operations
German site initial certification date ISO 14001
Sustainability Journey - Operations
China site initial certification date ISO 14001
Sustainability Journey - Our Workplace
UK site signed up to 'Operation Clean Sweep'
Sustainability Journey - Operations
UK site initial certification date ISO 14001
Sustainability Journey - Operations
Sweden site is the 1st EU TPE compounder to be awarded ISO 13485 accreditation
Sustainability Journey - Materials
TPE compounds containing PCR launched (response to automotive ELV directive)
Sustainability Journey - Operations
Sweden site initial certification date ISO 14001
Sustainability Journey - Materials
Biocomposite cork compounds launched - Lifocork
Sustainability Journey - Materials
We were among the 1st to produce TPEs in EU - Dryflex TPE is born
Sustainability Journey - Materials
Soft PVC compounds from recycled praline blister packs

Our Sustainability contacts

Kirsty Wood at HEXPOL TPE

Kirsty Wood

Development Technologist & Sustainability Lead, HEXPOL TPE

kirsty.wood@hexpolTPE.com
+44 161 300 1259
Torbjörn Brorson

Torbjörn Brorson, PhD

Director Sustainability Affairs

+46 40 25 46 60
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