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Operating for a more sustainable future

As a plastic packaging manufacturer, we can help brands develop sustainable packaging while lowering our own environmental impact.

We believe that everything we do, every day, should be built on the foundations of safe working conditions, healthy habits and sustainable operation. When you work with us, you can be confident that you’re partnering with a company that values and practices sustainable initiatives — from the materials we use to the way we operate. Our focus remains on lowering our energy, water and material usage, further reducing our waste to landfill and increasing our use of PCR.

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Sustainable Manufacturing Goals

We’re committed to meeting several goals that will broaden our influence and establish Graham Packaging as a leader in sustainability over the upcoming years.


Incorporating PCR Content

We’re committed to the use of PCR — both standard and ocean-bound — in our products. It’s our goal that by 2025, an average of 20% PCR content will be incorporated across the bottles we make. We’ve also continued to explore chemical recycling and other emerging technologies that will help us create more sustainable packaging solutions using this valuable resource.


Lowering Our Consumption

Across our facilities, our team has found creative ways to lower our energy consumption, including using renewable energy sources, increasing lighting efficiency and reducing equipment air leaks.

We’re also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program, which provides facilities like ours with resources and tools for lowering our energy consumption. Our commitment is to reduce our energy usage by 25% over a 10-year period.


Reducing Our Emissions

We recognize that climate change is real, and as the global community begins to think strategically about how to combat this complex issue, we’re taking steps to measure and report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. From our 2020 baseline, we’ve committed to a sustainability goal of 30% GHG emission reduction by 2030. Initiatives that have led to a reduction in our GHG emissions include:


Managing Waste and Water Consumption

Operational waste and water consumption are two other important factors in the overall sustainability of our manufacturing facilities. We will continue to find new ways to conserve water by reusing wastewater and automating water management systems, while our initiatives around waste are largely centered on reducing our scrap and waste to landfill.

"We strive to create and implement manufacturing methods by using a process that focuses on consistency. Our process — called the Graham Operating System — standardizes the way we manufacture our products, measure plant performance, drive accountability and reduce waste throughout our entire supply chain."

Herm Koch, VP of Global Operations

Learn More About Sustainable Operations at Graham

Our team actively works toward our sustainable manufacturing goals during each project and in every workday interaction. View our most recent Sustainability Report to see case studies and statistics related to our sustainability initiatives.

View Sustainability Report