In 2004 Toray Plastics (America) launched a multi-faceted sustainability initiative that continues to evolve. Current R&D is focused on the manufacture of flexible packaging materials that will help satisfy the needs and objectives of the major global food companies that seek sustainability solutions within the next decade. The company is a subsidiary of the Toray Group, which has stated its belief that sustainability is the most important global issue of the 21st century. The Toray Group also holds that its responsibility is to deliver innovative technologies and advanced materials that provide real solutions to the challenges the world faces.
“The APR is doing excellent work to help shape the future of plastics recycling and is at the forefront in setting the standard for sustainable packaging design,” says Tammy Williamson, Product Manager, Toray Plastics (America). “Toray has been very engaged with the organization for the past two years, attending in-person and virtual member meetings, working group sessions, webinars, and conferences. It’s a privilege to be a member now, and we look forward to learning from the APR and its other members and sharing our experience and knowledge with them, too.”
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Williamson explains that Toray’s joining the APR is especially timely because the company has recently made significant capital investment in increasing its manufacturing capabilities. “We have found the APR Design® Guide to be an invaluable tool and want to have a foundation of best practices for all of our packaging film designs so that we may support our customers, a clean recycling system, and the circular economy.”
Williamson notes that since the Toray Group’s founding, in 1926, in accordance with its fundamental principle of contributing to society it has always believed that materials can change lives. “Toray is wholly committed to sustainability, reducing its carbon footprint, and being transparent about its business practices,” says Williamson. “Our environmental profile is critically important to our customers. It’s also important to our employees and the community in which we work.”