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The CaPlast environmental policy

On the way to a circular economy

All companies in the plastics processing industry agree on one point: our industry has a leading role to play in the transformation from a linear economy to a sustainable circular economy. There is still a lot of research and convincing to be done. However, innovations in the development of new biopolymers and advanced environmental technology are already making a lot of things possible today, and so numerous sustainability initiatives have also been launched at CaPlast. It goes without saying that sustainable management and action is anchored in our corporate guidelines as a central corporate objective.

Sustainable action is only truly sustainable if it encompasses the entire company and also focuses on the entire supply and production chain. Various environmental initiatives help us achieve our sustainability goals.

Corporate goal sustainability

We bear responsibility far beyond the scope of our business.

Our commitment to sustainability encompasses ecological, economic and social aspects. We base our actions on the principles of the UN Global Compact and our code of conduct.

Our products, technologies and processes meet the highest standards and sustainable management is an integral part of production and business processes at CaPlast. The continuous expansion of our certifications documents our efforts to continuously ensure the highest quality while simultaneously reducing energy and resource consumption.

We assume social and societal responsibility based on a solid foundation of values. Trust in our actions is an essential building block for our long-term economic success.

The most important sustainability goals at CaPlast

  • Further development of recyclability to single-variety recycling
  • Sustainability throughout the value chain
  • Freedom from pollutants
  • Use of compostable and/or degradable biopolymers

Development focus: biopolymers for technical textiles

Cellulose, sugar cane, molasses, starch, vegetable oils, but also wood fibers and flax are the most common raw materials for the production of bio-based biopolymers. At CaPlast, we are following further developments with great interest in terms of processing behavior, functionality and degradability, and have already tested the first materials in our pilot plant for their suitability for coating. Because one thing is self-evident: biobased materials must also show outstanding results in criteria such as UV stability, fire behavior, durability and recyclability.

CaPlast is working on three main areas of development

  • Simplified recyclability through monoproducts
  • Biodegradable bioplastics from fossil raw materials
  • Compostable and/or biodegradable bioplastics from renewable raw materials of animal and plant origin and from microorganismic synthesis

The most important sustainability initiatives at CaPlast

  • Registration for the UN Global Compact initiative

This is the world's largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance. By joining, we undertake to promote the general goals of the United Nations, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (SDGs). Now we have a lot of work to do, because the obligatory Communication on Progress report, in which we present our sustainability initiatives, has to be drawn up..

  • Certification according to EN 14001, EN 15001, EN 45001 and EN 50001

In 2020, the environmental management system of CaPlast GmbH was certified according to DIN EN ISO 14001 for the first time. It serves as an instrument for us to regularly put our sustainability efforts to the test and improve them, as well as complements our energy management in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001.

  • EcoVadis sustainability rating

This holistic rating platform allows us to benchmark with currently more than 75,000 participating companies and thus sets us ever higher sustainability goals. In 2020 we were certified for the first time and achieved silver status. In 2021, thanks to all our employees, we were able to achieve gold status and in the end we were audited with the highest status in 2022: platinum. This puts us among the top 1% of all certified and audited companies and we are ambitious to continue the continuous improvement process step by step.

  • EMICODEĀ® EC 1PLUS seal of approval 

Environmental toxins that emit indoors are a topic of increasing importance, which is causing the demand for non-hazardous, low-emission building materials to rise steadily. Certifications such as EMICODEĀ® give architects and builders guidance in the vast market for building materials. CaPlast works closely with institutes and consulting firms such as Sentinal House or Emicode. A whole range of CaPlast products have already been awarded the EMICODEĀ® EC 1PLUS seal of quality for "very low emissions PLUS". According to GEV (Community Emission Controlled Installation Materials, Adhesives and Building Products e.V.), which awards the seal, this is the premium class that describes the limits of what is technically feasible. Planet Passionate Planet Passionate | Kingspan DE.

  • Passionate supporter of Planet Passionate

As part of Kingspan Group plc we actively support the 10 year sustainability program Planet Passionate. As part of Planet Passionate, we are committed to reducing our carbon (CO2e) emissions in manufacturing to zero and halving the carbon intensity in our primary supply chain. To learn more about these and our other goals, as well as our partnerships and global commitments, visit the global Planet Passionate Hub on the Kingspan Group website or follow our journey on social media.

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