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.

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 AREAS OF FOCUS

Waste ReductionEnergy ConservationEducation & Advocacy Smart SourcingResearch & Reinvention 

IN 2018 SABERT:

Recycled 986 tons in Sayreville, NJ alone.

 

Reduced 94% of plastics going to landfill in our Riverside, CA facility.

 

Recycled roughly the equivalent of 300,000,000 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
  • Introduced an employee-led recycling program across facilities
  • Developed a full-service plastics recycling plant to produce FDA compliant recycled resins for Sabert’s use
  • Integrated Post Consumer Recycled Polypropylene and Polyethylene materials in the product lines
  • Launched an innovative compostable product line
  • Implemented recycling plans in all facilities for all plastics that cannot be reused in our supply chain

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
  • Implemented renewable/geothermal energy to power our headquarters
  • Created an employee-formed Global Energy Champion Team 
  • Installed facility-wide LED lighting with motion detectors
  • Consolidated shipments to minimize freight and CO2 emissions
  • Launched a comprehensive equipment efficiency program
  • Built out manufacturing facilities to be closer to our customers

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.

PLANNED INITIATIVES

  • Introducing an internal educational program to teach the realities of plastics and recycling
  • Launching Sabert’s first Annual Earthtelligent Sustainable Customer Award 
  • Implementing educational roundtables to teach the realities of plastics and recycling with customers and partners
  • Producing educational reports outlining our sustainability efforts
  • Integrating sustainability trend compilation into our ongoing reporting with customers

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
  • Implemented quality control measures to ensure vendors meet sustainability requirements 
  • Integrated non-virgin/recycled resin, that is compliant with FDA guidelines, into our production lines
  • Implemented purchasing post-industrial plastic from manufacturers diverting waste from landfills

RESEARCH & REINVENTION

Innovation is proven to be one of the most powerful tools for meaningful sustainability. Our expert teams use research and fresh thinking to reimagine more sustainable products, experiences and behaviors.

KEY INITIATIVES
  • Installed proprietary equipment designed to use up to 100% regrind
  • Integrated high content of mineral fill in formulations to help displace plastic
  • Launched a focus area of reducing the performance gap between plastics and pulp 
  • 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
PET-Black

PET-BLACK

POLYETHYLENE
TEREPHTHALATE
PCR CPET-BLACK

PCR CPET

POST-CONSUMER RECYCLED
CRYSTALIZED POLYPROPYLENE
PP-CLEAR

PP-CLEAR

POLYPROPYLENE
MF PP-BLACK

MF PP-BLACK

MINERAL FILL
MF PCR PP-BLACK

MF PCR PP-BLACK

MINERAL FILL POST-CONSUMER
RECYCLED POLYPROPYLENE

 

CPLA-NATURAL

CPLA-NATURAL

CRYSTALIZED POLY LACTIC ACID
PS-WHITE/BLACK/CLEAR/METALIZED

PS-WHITE / BLACK / CLEAR / METALIZED

POLYSTYRENE
PULP-NATURAL

PULP-NATURAL

BAGASSE BLEND

We are continually looking for ways to deepen our sustainability efforts and partner with our customers to make a meaningful and lasting environmental impact.