HC Companies Leading the Way in Sustainable Practices
In recent years, there has been a growing global emphasis on environmental responsibility, prompting companies from various sectors to focus on sustainability. The HC Companies has committed to becoming a sustainability leader through its Sustainability Vision Statement and Evolutionary Goals, introduced in early 2023, which guide its long-term sustainability strategy across all aspects of its business.
In 2023 over 50% of the total plastic purchased by HC Companies were recycled materials, with 7% of that coming from post-consumer recycled sources. One significant step in HC’s sustainability journey is the plan to introduce 10% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content in its common color products in early 2024. Our products will be backed by SCS’s Recycled Content Certification, a well-recognized third-party certification providing supply chain credibility and transparency. This move reflects HC Companies’ dedication to reducing plastic waste and promoting recycling.
Furthermore, HC Companies proactively stays informed about evolving plastics regulations in the United States and Canada. In an effort to be ahead of compliance, HC has transitioned from using the potentially misleading chasing arrows symbols to solid triangles for resin identification codes (RIC), aligning with current ASTM standards and best practices. This change helps prevent misconceptions about recyclability and underscores our commitment to clear communication and transparency.
In regions like New Jersey, where regulations mandate 10% post-consumer recycled content in single-use rigid plastic containers, HC Companies has taken steps to ensure compliance for our customers. HC products are registered with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Compliance, and we can provide exemption documents for the portion of HC products that are not covered by the regulations. Additionally, HC offers products with 10% PCR content, certified by third-party organizations, for the portion of products that are covered to help customers meet compliance requirements.
HC Companies offers sustainable alternatives such as molded pulp fiber, biobased materials, and compostable plastics, which are not only microplastic-free but also carry third-party certifications, making them unaffected by most upcoming single-use plastics regulations. For instance, Ecogrow, a plastic-free molded pulp product, holds USDA 100% biobased certification and is entirely compostable, made from 100% recycled paper.
Another noteworthy innovation is BioPax, a USDA-certified biobased and compostable advanced bioplastic derived from trees. This material offers durability similar to traditional plastics and is automation-friendly, making it a practical choice for various applications.
HC Companies is active in researching sustainable materials and technologies, and collaborates with growers, universities, industry trade organizations, and retailers to develop and bring to market more sustainable products. This collaborative approach fosters innovation and encourages the adoption of eco-friendly solutions within the horticultural industry.
Moreover, HC Companies recognizes the importance of transparent reporting and support for its products and services. HC can provide ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) reporting support, offering customers and stakeholders product details, guidance, and credible certifications. And HC has launched a Recycling Resources website to help growers and customers find recycling partners in their region. This ensures that sustainability-focused customers can make informed choices and trust in the company’s commitment to a greener future.
In conclusion, HC Companies is establishing a noteworthy example for sustainability in the horticultural and plastics industry. HC’s commitment to eco-friendly practices, transparent certifications, and innovative alternatives showcases our leadership in responding to the growing demand for sustainability.
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