How green was my supply chain: Next-step sustainability

Eastman Chemical Co. shares best practices on reducing waste.

By Cathy Combs, Eastman Chemical Co.

Sustainability has proven not only to be the “right thing to do,” but also a significant growth driver at Eastman. We have invested substantial resources in sustainable technology, products and processes. Several comprehensive waste-reduction and management programs across the company’s global footprint underpin our sustainability strategy.

Our waste-reduction strategies range from large-scale, company-wide initiatives to smaller, more-localized efforts that are yielding meaningful results.

One of the most important factors contributing to sustainable manufacturing — especially within the chemical industry — is supply chain efficiency. It’s estimated that more than $2 trillion worth of chemical materials are shipped each year; these shipments require a vast international transportation network of ships, trains, trucks and planes. To reduce waste and minimize the environmental impact of this network, it’s critical that chemical companies and suppliers work together to create a globally integrated supply chain.

To learn more, read "Chemical Maker Goes Beyond Recycling" from Chemical Processing.

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