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Sustainability at Porex
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Innovating together with our employees, customers and suppliers to make the world safer, healthier & more productive.

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At Porex, we take seriously our mission to make the world safer, healthier & more productive. These aren’t words on a wall or on a coffee mug. Our mission forms the basis for why we are in business and how we choose to work with our customers. While we fight to flatten the COVID-19 curve, we are staying mindful of what it means to be a good citizen in the world surrounding us. Because we are a porous plastics manufacturer, sustainability is a key part of how we are committing to our mission for our customers, employees and suppliers.

We are proud to share the four key pillars of our Porex Sustainability program below, as well as the underlying programs that will enable us to reach our long-term goals through our products, our plants, our practices, and our partners. More information about our specific 2025 goals will be shared in the fall.

We all share in the commitment to innovate together in order to make the world safer, healthier & more productive.

Material Innovation

Goal: Reduce use of virgin plastic in new products

Waste & Recycling

Goal: Avoid and/or divert materials from landfills to higher-value alternatives.

Supply Chain

Goal: Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Community

Goal: Deliver positive impact in every community where we have a global site through employee engagement programs.


Material Innovation

Plastic has made modern life possible, saving lives every day. However, approximately 40% of the 448 million tons of plastic produced each year is disposable, used as packaging intended to be discarded after purchase. Less than 20% of all plastics get recycled globally, and this number drops to 10% in the United States.

Porex uses virgin plastic in the manufacturing of the majority of our products. Our first sustainability pillar is Material Innovation, because we see that our future lies in innovating with our suppliers and customers to develop ways to incorporate less virgin plastic in our products. See below for the many ways we are incorporating this pillar across the company – from development to commercial and manufacturing – so that we can achieve this goal.

Achieving our goal

Partners

In our products

Recycled resins from PE and PET bottle & packaging companies

Bio-based polymers derived from plants

New biodegradable polymers and additives to accelerate biodegradation

Plant

In our plants

Reduce material waste during manufacturing through innovation

Practices

In our practices

Train engineering & commercial teams to bring sustainable options into customer discussions

Design for manufacturability to eliminate waste

With our partners

Strategic alliances with companies focused on developing sustainable products

Partner with material suppliers to ensure supply capacity for sustainable materials


Waste & Recycling

According to the United Nations, people dump 2.12 billion tons of waste each year. We take seriously our role in both the reduction of generated waste as well as an increase in the percentage of waste that is reused or recycled at all of our sites. Not only do we see this as a commitment at each site, but we believe that educating our employees will help take these practices beyond our sites and into our communities. See below for the many ways we are working to achieve our goal to avoid and/or divert waste from landfills to higher-value alternatives.

Achieving our goal

In our products

Improved material design for manufacturability to reduce waste

In our plants

Reduce landfill waste generated by our offices & plants

Increase % waste being recycled across all offices & plants

Review current usage and practices at each plant for energy & water usage reduction

In our practices

Global recycling education in all facilities

Facilitate recycling & composting with multi-bin programs in each facility

With our partners

Partner with key waste management companies in each locale for audits and measurement


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Supply Chain

As a global company where each of our eight manufacturing sites supplies customers around the world, optimizing our supply chain’s carbon footprint is foundational to our sustainability program. Our sustainability focus within this pillar is on optimizing our overall supplier network by mapping to individual customer and site in order to decrease overall transport miles / kilometers. By looking at our supply chain holistically, we continue to decrease our GHG emissions over time.

Achieving our goal

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In our products

Increase % sustainable WIP and finished goods in inventory

SKU and supplier network optimization

Promote supplier packaging that is sustainable

In our plants

Supplier mapping to decrease transport miles / kms to sites

Optimize our production location to align with customer’s plant location

In our practices

Material mapping to product and site to optimize purchasing decisions

With our partners

Increase % suppliers with sustainability programs

Strengthen supplier partnerships with long-term continuous improvement projects that impact sustainability


Community

Porex has eight manufacturing facilities spread across Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe. As such, the local communities in which we reside are very diverse, each with their own unique needs. At the heart of our Community pillar is our focus on ensuring our mission to make the world safer, healthier & more productive is embodied by our employees at each site. What the mission means to the local community surrounding each site may be different, but our purpose never changes. See below for the ways in which we empower each site to develop local partnerships and employee engagement programs to ensure our mission is not only understood but that it is lived.

Achieving our goal

Community Products

In our products

Focus on partnering with customers in market segments that make products that align with our mission

In our plants

Provide quarterly options for employee engagement in the local community at each site

In our practices

Ongoing training and engagement around our mission and what it means

With our partners

At each site, partner with local community organizations that support our mission