At Nova Polymers we are committed to environmental responsibility and the manufacturing of products that have a low impact on our planet. This commitment extends throughout our manufacturing process and supply chain. We stress the importance of building strategic relationships with companies and organizations that provide solutions that complement our initiative of reducing our environmental footprint.
We believe that education related to environmental responsibility is a fundamental key to reducing the impact we have on our planet. Working with organizations like the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) allows us to bring awareness of the environmental issues that are faced in our industry every day. We have worked with the SEGD to co-develop a Green Paper which defines best practices and principles that are directly related to Environmental Graphic Design. These methodologies are aimed at reducing the impact we have on our environment while allowing fabricators the opportunity to realize manufacturing efficiencies.
Our manufacturing facility is located in Bryan, OH. Our goal is to incorporate as much locally sourced material as possible and work with companies that share our vision of environmental responsibility. We recently added two new products that incorporate Greenguard™ Certified materials. One of these products incorporates a minimum of 40% post industrial content.
In our manufacturing process we have implemented just-in-time manufacturing principals to reduce energy and waste while becoming more efficient. These strategies are carried over to our clients who use our solutions in their fabrication processes. In 2008 we developed Workflow Manager ADA signage software and photopolymer processing solutions that allow our customers to significantly reduce waste and realize efficiency gains in their process.
There is a great deal of energy and material waste that is created in the sale-of-goods process that can generally go unnoticed. While we feel it is important to look internally at operations, we feel it is equally as important to look at the way our products are brought to market.
In 2007 we redesigned our packaging and implemented a new sales and distribution program. This program is intended to drastically reduce the amount of packaging waste and energy that is required to bring products to our customers. The goal of this program is to reduce the amount of incremental product shipments 25% by the end of 2008.
Update: Year Ending 2011 – we have exceeded our goal of a 25% reduction. From 2008-2011, we realized a 32% reeducation in shipment while continuing to grow market share. This success was realized by working with our clients to better understand their material demands.
We have also begun developing a Material Reclamation Program. This program will provide a resource to dispose of materials at the end of their useful life in an environmentally responsible manner. The goal of this program is to reduce landfill waste and is targeted to launch by July of 2012.
The current environmental movement across our respective industries is primarily driven by commercial building. The strides that have been made in commercial building are quantifiable and reach into all sectors of business. While these strides have been a catalyst for early adoption of environmental policies, they are not the only reason for personally taking steps to ensure that our companies are being responsible; the reason is simply because we know that our resources are not unlimited and that we have a responsibility to do the right thing for ourselves and future generations.
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