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RECYCLABILITY STATEMENT

Nomacorc is made from low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and  is classified as Resin Identification Code (RIC) #4, a commonly recycled material in many regions. However, recycling infrastructures for LDPE differ across geographies, which is why the specific RIC information is not always printed on the closure.
 

To facilitate higher rates of recycling of closures by consumers, wineries, and restaurants, Nomacorc has engaged in consumer recycling partnerships in the U.S. and France. We intend to expand those in the coming years. In addition, all scrap material that Nomacorc produces is sold to recyclers, who turn it into products such as toys, kayaks, rain barrels and gardenedging.

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RESULTS OF FIRST FULL LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS (LCA) STUDY

Nomacorc recently completed its first full Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) study on its flagship Nomacorc Classic+ product. The study’s results show significant improvements (read below):

  • More efficient product formulation
  • Switching to local raw material suppliers
  • Shipping efficiencies
  • Increased use of renewable energy sources

 

The core LCA study measures the environmental impacts for every step of the life cycle of a Classic+ closure from “cradle” (raw materials extraction) to “gate” (the distribution of finished closures to customers). Significant improvements include:

  • A reduction of environmental impacts ranging from 13% to 92% for closures produced in Belgium between 2008 and 2001.
  • A reduction of impacts ranging from 10% to 23% across all environmental indicators for closures produced in the U.S. between 2008 and 2011

To review the full executive summary of the Nomacorc’s first LCA report, please click here:    

LCASUMMARY.pdf

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report

From environmental footprint to economic performance to social impact, Nomacorc’s annual Corporate Social Responsibility report helps us set benchmarks for improvement and externally communicate our sustainable progress to our stakeholders.

Highlights from the 2012 report include:

Sustainable Products and Ethical Conduct

  • Reduced raw material use, per million closures produced, by 5% globally
  • Reduced electricity consumption, per million closures produced, by 6% globally while maintaining closure production volumes
  • Reduced water use, per closure produced, by 2% globally as a result of process improvements
  • Installed solar panels at U.S. facility, which is anticipated to reduce carbon emissions by over 1,264,000 lbs. per year
  • Implemented major redesign and broadened closure collection and recycling program for fourth straight year

 

Product Quality and Customer Service

  • Maintained low average order lead time of less than seven days
  • Increased on-time delivery rate to more than 98%, up from 97% in 2011

 

Motivated and Safe Employees

  • 18,817 hours of training completed by Nomacorc employees, an increase of 22% over 2011
  • Contributed substantively to local communities (2,850 hours of community service donated by Nomacorc employees)
  • Maintained a low (3.5% in 2012) voluntary turnover rate
  • North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) Gold Award (six consecutive years)

 

Read the 2012 CSR report >>

Read the inaugural 2011 CSR report >>

OUR SUSTAINABILITY ACHIEVEMENTS

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RECYCLING OF PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS

To facilitate higher rates of recycling of closures by consumers, Nomacorc joined forces with Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods of Texas to host The Cork Project. The Cork Project is a unique program with two simple goals: help save the earth by reducing the number of items in landfills and find a cure for cancer by raising money for research…one cork at a time. Recently, WidgetCo, a Houston-based recycler, joined The Cork Project to help ensure that the collected corks are recycled properly and that every cork will find a future.

Through the funds generated from the recycling and upcycling of natural and synthetic corks, The Cork Project was able to donate $10,000 to the CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation, a world-class cancer research firm based in Houston. For more information on the program and donation, click here