How AJ Adhesives, Inc. Focuses on Sustainability in the Industrial Adhesives Industry
AJ Adhesives has always believed that the preservation of the environment is one of the most important issues facing our industry today. As a distributor, we are careful to select suppliers who share that vision. Therefore we have taken the necessary steps in order to reduce our carbon footprint and promote environmentally-conscious principles.
A major step in our green initiative has been the installation of 104 solar panels aligning the top of our facility. The solar panels will allow us to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 520 tons of CO2, the equivalent of planting 20,796 trees!
This project is one of many approaches AJ has taken to reduce our carbon footprint including the following investments:
- Energy-efficient company and warehouse vehicles
- Strategic Plan of Action to reduce and manage all wastes
- Promoting a paperless office strategy
- Populating our facility with energy-efficient lighting
Adhesives in Consumer Goods
Adhesives, coatings, and adhesive-coated tapes make thousands of everyday products possible. In many cases, they allow for more cost-effective and responsible production for manufacturers. In turn, the manufacturers are empowered to work with more sustainable substrates, improve efficiencies, and reduce material usage, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As the demand for aggressive sustainable packaging initiatives continues to grow, brands are beginning to scrutinize (in some cases, for the first time) how all packaging components support their goals.
In the past, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) brands have focused carbon footprint reduction on internal efficiencies and energy usage. As a result of the more aggressive goals, they are now examining ways to reduce GHG emissions throughout a product’s entire value chain, starting with raw material extraction to post-consumer disposal.
Instead of manufacturing products in a linear fashion, brands are beginning to design their products with a waste-out approach. The Advantra® hot melt adhesives, some water-based labeling adhesives, and some tapes are true enablers of the circular economy. By working with us, customers can extend the durability of products, improve their reparability and reuse, and create the opportunity to minimize waste at the end of the product’s lifecycle.
Well-Being of People
With the rise in popularity of sustainable products, consumers are beginning to pay more attention to the ingredients of what they are purchasing. If not expected, it is now highly preferred that all products are free of harmful chemicals, preservatives, parabens, allergens, and more. With this change, AJ works with brands and vendors that are developing adhesives that are vegan, boric acid-free, and plasticizer-free.