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Sustainability

Meeting our needs without compromising the future

Understanding Sustainability

The notion of sustainability was first brought to society’s attention back in 1987, in a report prepared by the World Commission on Environment and Development. It was entitled Our Common Future (also called The Brundtland Report). The report defined sustainability as, “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Whether it’s food, shelter or recreational activities, living sustainably means not depleting resources which cannot be easily renewed.

The Science

Working in Harmony

How a circular economy works

Sustainability is often based on three factors – economic, environmental and social. In order to achieve true sustainability, all three factors must be continuously working together in equal harmony to achieve what is known as a circular economy, which is an economic system designed to eliminate waste and continued abuse of resources.

While there is no one person or date credited for the notion of a circular economy, the concept gained momentum in the late 1970s to challenge the long-standing support of the linear economy, which has been engrained in the minds of manufacturers for generations.

In a linear economy, raw materials are manufactured into products with the sole understanding that those products will be thrown away after use. A circular economy challenges that concept by keeping raw materials in use for as long as possible. Essentially, a circular economy aims to recover products before they are disposed and regenerate them into new products at the end of each service life.

The notion of supporting a more circular economy should not only be a reality for the end user of products but consistently applied throughout the production process of the manufacturer.

Here at HC, we strive to operate in a more circular economy at our Burlington, Ontario facility, as we further develop and refine the manufacturing of our sustainable fiber solutions. After all, you can’t necessarily promote a sustainable solution in the market today unless you’re adopting more sustainable processes in their manufacturing.

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Building Blocks of a Circular Economy

Environmental Sustainability

Living within the means of our natural resources, while ensuring our consumption of those resources is done at a sustainable rate to avoid depletion.

Economic Sustainability

A country, organization or community responsibly and efficiently using its resources to operate sustainably while still being profitable.

Social Sustainability

This safeguards that the social well-being of a country, organization or community can be sustainably maintained indefinitely.

Practicing what we preach

Here at HC, we strive to operate in a more circular economy at our Burlington, Ontario facility, as we further develop and refine the manufacturing of our sustainable fiber solutions.

Discover our Sustainable Fiber Solutions

Growing Containers, Protective Packaging, Consumer Products

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