Our sustainability pledge
Being at the heart of people’s lives, comes with a responsibility towards our ecosystem. Sustainability has always been a large part of what we do and who we are. That is why we are taking a stance on sustainability by telling the story of what it means to us.
Sustainability has always been a large part of who we are. Ravago has been committed to various aspects of sustainability since the company was founded in the 1960s. Today, the word sustainability has become a different animal, politically charged, polarizing, often misunderstood and misused.
We want to take a stance on sustainability by sharing our interpretation, what it means to us and how we aim to make a difference on a global scale. Like our core values – entrepreneurship, humility, professionalism, and human focus – our sustainability pledge is at the heart of our company and strives to reach a balance between people, the environment and business.
In other words, we are making a promise to our employees, customers, suppliers, and everyone who is a part of our company’s ecosystem. Together, we will make an impact through our four sustainability principles: recycling excellence, community engagement, environmental footprint, and strategic partnerships.
Our 4 sustainability principles
"We want to give back to the world what it has given us."
From carpets that are soft underfoot to types that are suitable for industrial functions, Ravago’s expertise in re-purposing end-of-life nylon carpeting allows us to redirect landfill and create value instead.
Similarly, we recycle the nylon fibers from used fishing nets from fish farms. Our recycled nylon compounds can be used for filler reinforcement, UV stabilization, and impact modification, and are found in familiar markets such as automotive, furniture and sporting goods.
Along with post-industrial plastic scraps, we use different post-consumer waste streams in our compound formulations. Caps, closures and end-of-life crates are recycled back into polypropylene automotive compounds, whereas used bottles are the main ingredient for our recycled polyethylene blow molding compounds. Despite the difficulties posed by input materials with contaminations and abnormalities, we are able to deliver consistent quality for demanding, high performance applications.
Habitat For Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. They organize events such as the Home Builders Blitz, where they build five complete homes in five days, mostly with donations from local builders. It is truly incredible to see it all come together so quickly, every time. Ravago contributes annually by donating, and many more employees volunteer their time to support the organization.
During Diwali in India, the five-day festival of lights, the gifts we receive from our beloved customers are ceremoniously auctioned to our employees. The proceeds are later given to charitable organizations and the gifts the employees receive are also passed on to the needy.
Furthermore, Ravago India provides basic necessities to neighboring slums by conducting charity drives to distribute meals, clothes and other household items they require. Important to know is that these goods are collected from and distributed by our Ravago employees.
Near the port of Volos, Ravago built and now operates Greece’s largest and most modern biomass power plant. The plant produces renewable electrical power to supply the production facilities in the Volos industrial zone through the combustion of olive pomace and other agricultural waste.
Ravago invested in solar parks –and panels close to and on its manufacturing sites and warehouses across the globe. The goal is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Ravago Chemicals companies InAqua and Phoenix enable state-of-the-art water management internationally by supplying products and equipment for different types of water treatment facilities. At our own manufacturing plants, Ravago uses closed-loop water circuits employing our own filter elements and pressure vessels.
We develop and produce anti-fog additives and UV-light stabilizers. In agriculture and packaging applications, for example, these additives have great benefits such as prevention of crop damage and extended shelf life, which result in less food waste.
Our logistics terminal right next door to one of our suppliers’ production site represents a triple win. A direct hydraulic pipeline now delivers the supplier’s plastic granules directly to our terminal, where they are stored on-site, replacing reliance on intensive truck transport. This not only reduces CO2 emissions, but eliminates risk and damage to the product. In addition, the new layout has allowed our supplier to significantly reduce its logistics cost base at its facility.
One of Ravago’s distribution channels and two of its key supply partners, have successfully completed a project together with a strategic customer in the protective packaging market, resulting in a 30% reduction in the polymers used in a majority of the applications. Down-gauging overall film thickness through innovative formulations and replacing traditional materials not only enables enhanced performance but also a reduction in the carbon footprint and landfill content. This is a concrete example of Ravago connecting crucial partners in the industry.