In 2015, the United Nations (UN) announced 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) for all member nations to strive to achieve by 2030. The SDGs “provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet now and into the future.” For more information on the SDG’s, visit the United Nations sustainable development web site. (click here)
The influence of the SDGs on nations can be found through legislation and policies implemented to accomplish the goals. Every country is monitored and scored based on progress. Countries pursuit of these goals drives some of the cultural and societal changes we experience in our daily lives. The policies influence education, businesses, and the public to create change. Our long-term sustainability efforts are geared around the SDG goals that apply most directly to our business and our country.
Our mission is to help people acquire custom bags.
Our vision to support the mission is to manufacture in an increasingly sustainable direction to promote a…
Healthy Planet (SDGs #13, #14, #15)
Healthy People (SDG #3)
Healthy Company (SDGs #8, #9, #12)
Our vision alignment with the SDGs is crucial to a better future.
The vision is born out of a deep rooted influence from our founder and past owner. The quotes below helped facilitate the creation of our vision.
-Founder Don Strevell’s 1st business card in 1961.
“When it is easy to be nice, and nice to be liked, who can afford not to be both?”
-Bill Romer, Company owner from 1967 to 2003
“We are here to provide for the 70 families. Our people are why we do what we do.”
“As current owners since 2003, we are the third generation to run the family business. The quotes above have always had and always will have a foundational influence on how we operate every day. Our evolving vision retains the deep roots of our history while also providing our company a strong tie to the need to make positive contributions to our community and our planet. We know this is a group effort. We look forward to engaging with our customers, vendors and community at large to make positive change.”– Current owners Trent Romer & Todd Romer
Clear View Bag’s sustainability plan to achieve the macro goals is an ongoing and evolving process. As we learn more, more sustainable options, targets, measurable and implementation of those options will occur and be documented here. Below are our continuing efforts on our sustainable journey. Please click the tabs below to learn more about each initiative.
- Plant Wide Goals
- New Material Options
- Organization Affiliation
- Internal Energy Use
- Zero Hazardous Waste
- Clean-Up Efforts
- Design Guide
- Print to Educate on Material and End-of-Life Options
- Packaging Options
- Recycling Components
- Accuracy: Proofing and Sampling Program
- Finding Sustainability Book
Waste Reduction 2019 - Our 2019 Waste Reduction goal of 25% was achieved. It was collective effort of raised awareness, changed processes, and a new mindset by all. We will continue to pursue less waste as we move along in 2020.
In late 2019 and early 2020, we have transitioned to a new water based ink that replaces petrochemically-based raw materials with renewable biobased ones. The new ink system has a superior raw material story to match its positive emissions story.
5/8/19 UPDATE: Riverkeeper 2019 was this past weekend. We participated in the Albany NY Corning Preserve cleanup effort. A tremendous turn-out to help collect trash by kayakers/boats in the water and by volunteers on land cleaning the riverbanks. Our future Clear View Bagger (9 years old) summed it up when he spoke about why we were all volunteering. See link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGZwSoyL5qQ
The links and the attachments to the above initiatives are listed here again for easy navigation: Packaging design guide; How2Recycle® Labeling System; Labeling to educate; Bulk Box Packaging Option, Recycling Components; Maximize the Packouts; What is Sustainability?; Circular Economy: Re-Options; Harvard University Exectutive Education on Sustainability; A Glimpse into the Future of Plastic Bags; Circular Economy: Compostable Material; Clear View Bag and the Circular Economy