SUSTAINABILITY

At Sabert, our commitment to the environment is a fundamental part of our business philosophy. 

Our commitment to sustainability spans far beyond recyclable or compostable product lines. It impacts our entire business model, from new product development to ongoing modification and product improvements.

We pride ourselves on a deep rooted commitment to environmental values and responsibilities, which we bring to life each day through continued efforts to reduce our corporate environmental impact. From our facilities to our packaging – sustainability and quality are never compromised.

Not only do we want to make food look great, but we want to keep it safe and sustainable too.

We are continually looking for ways to deepen our sustainability efforts and partner with our customers to make a meaningful and lasting environmental impact. Details about our initiatives are outlined in our 2020 Sustainability Report.

2020 Sustainability Report

Download Our 2020 Sustainability Report


VIEW OUR INTERACTIVE 2020 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Earthtelligent

Earthtelligent is Sabert’s comprehensive sustainability platform that drives improved environmental outcomes through innovative business thinking. We’re focused on five critical pathways of environmental responsibility and each is underpinned with metrics and initiatives to keep us moving forward.

OUR SUSTAINABILITY PILLARS

Waste Reduction Energy Conservation Education & AdvocacySmart SourcingResearch & Reinvention 

IN 2020 SABERT:

89% of waste recycled.

 

3,740 tons of plastics recycled at Nuvida Recycling Facility

 

Recycled roughly the equivalent of 340,000,000 plastic bottles.

Waste Reduction

WASTE REDUCTION

Our commitment to minimize waste and end-use landfill impact begins with our manufacturing process and extends all the way through our product designs and life cycles.

KEY INITIATIVES
  • Continued an employee-led waste reduction, reuse and recycling across facilities
  • Continued our comprehensive program to further improve machine reliability aimed at reducing waste generation
  • Implemented measures to prevent material leaks throughout the process thereby reducing wasted raw materials
  • Continued efforts to ensure all resin scrap is internally grinded and extruded again
  • Continued segregating waste at all plants to prevent contamination thereby improving reuse and recyclability of waste streams

ENERGY CONSERVATION

From our inception, we’ve challenged ourselves to find cleaner and more efficient ways to use energy, water and other precious resources across all of our operations.

KEY INITIATIVES
  • An employee-led Global Energy Champion Team continues to execute energy efficiency projects
  • Invested in new equipment to ensure state-of-the-art, highly efficient production
  • Sabert is a US EPA SmartWay Transportation Partner
  • Consolidated shipments and optimized packaging to minimize freight and CO2 emissions
  • Invested in the extension of our Belgium facility resulting in reduced transportation between warehouses
  • Reduced water consumption through closed loop water systems on all production lines

EDUCATION & ADVOCACY

EDUCATION & ADVOCACY

Sustainability is a complex and evolving issue. Raising awareness and understanding is critical at every step.  That’s why we’re committed to working with our customers and partners to begin to implement meaningful programs that can help change mindsets and behaviors.

CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT

  • Hosted smaller, virtual webinars and events to share updates on our effort

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

  • Various trainings provided to employees to help with mental wellbeing as well as reinforcing skills and competencies
  • Hosted a series of sustainability webinars to educate the workforce and raise awareness on current sustainability trends and issues
  • Virtual Packaging University event, our biannual educational event, was offered to new team members
  • Sabert has invested in a custom, online training program for plant employees
  • Plant leaders can participate in U-Lead, our Sabert management development initiative

SMART SOURCING

Our responsibility to our environment extends to every one of our partners, vendors and suppliers. It begins in our selection and qualification process and encompasses ongoing assessments, check ins and audits.

KEY INITIATIVES
  • New state-of-the-art facility in Greenville, TX to manufacture bio-based compostable food packaging
  • Increaded the amount of recycled content used in our products
  • Strategic investments allowed all of the PET products at our Belgium facility to be made from 100% post-consumer recycled PET
  • Recognized as a Recycling Demand Champion by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)

RESEARCH & REINVENTION

Innovation is proven to be one of the most powerful tools for meaningful sustainability. We are committed to investing in innovation to help reimagine more sustainable products, improve processes and encourage fresh thinking.

KEY INITIATIVES
  • Our teams are expert in material science, leading the way to innovation solutions
  • Started our Advanced Technology Center in Indiana and an Innovation Center in Chicago
  • Our proprietary equipment and ability to switch lines between resin types, allowing us to use up to 100% regrind
  • Formed an internal team dedicated to developing new non-PFAS (Per and polyfluoroalkyl) substances

SABERT’S RECYCLING FACILITY: NUVIDA

Sabert has in-house recycling capabilities through our plant, Nuvida, one of the world's largest processors and suppliers of food-grade recycled plastic. Nuvida is integral in our waste reduction and smart sourcing pillars, helping us to incorporate recycled plastic otherwise destined for landfill into our product lines.

Find out more in the video below!

 

 

MATERIAL TRANSPARENCY

Sabert is dedicated to working with a broad range of innovative materials to help clients best meet their sustainability goals and unique product performance demands.

PET-Clear

PET-CLEAR

POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE
MF PP-BLACK

MF PP-BLACK

MINERAL FILL POLYPROPYLENE

 

Pulps

Biodegradable 

No Bleaching

BRC Certified 

Renewable Resource

Food Contact Safe/FDA Compliant

No Long Chain PFAS

FDA-Approved Short Chain PFAS

Industrial Compostable 

Home Compostable 

 

Resin

Allergen Free

BPA Free

BRC Certified 

Closed Loop/Industrial Recycled 

Food Contact Safe/FDA Compliant

No Perfluorochemicals 

Phthalate Free

Prop 65

Made in the US* (Excludes PS)