Sustainability Overview

Sustainability is a top priority for The Ruskin Group
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THE RUSKIN GROUP

The Ruskin Group continues its commitment to sustainable solutions for a brighter tomorrow

The word “sustainability” carries a lot of weight in our industry. It’s an important buzzword that today’s consumers look for and expect as they peruse various sourcing options. Too often, too many organizations haven’t even explored the extent of what that actually means. So you say you’re sustainable? Are you really?

Saying you’re ‘sustainable’ doesn’t make it so. Sustainability is not a word; it’s a series of intentional actions. At The Ruskin Group, we feel it is our duty to do our part in promoting ecological balance. We’ve known from the beginning that to be sustainable, we have to live it, through our operations, our products, and our people. Our sustainability comes from the inside out.

Three spheres of sustainability

PEOPLE

Developing trusted relationships with our employees, communities, customers, consumers, and suppliers.

GLOBAL MARKETPLACE

Creating alternative solutions for a more sustainable world in the development of materials, processes, and recycling programs.

NATURE

Leaving the world better than we found it by respecting natural forestry and initiating ethical disposal, efficient distribution, and optimal recycling management.

Sustainability Impact Program

We’re proud to have been among the first to implement effective sustainability initiatives, acknowledging the importance of embodying ethically and environmentally responsible practices in all facets of the operation.

The Ruskin Group has an established Sustainability Impact Program for this purpose. We continually evaluate our practices to ensure we comply with sustainability standards. Our highly experienced team is skilled in identifying and implementing sustainable materials, processes, and supply chains. Our supply chain is regularly re-engineered at every point to be more sustainable, from raw material extraction to manufacturing and production to transportation, to utilization to reuse/recycling/disposal. We also opened a world-class Sustainability Center in 2010 to focus on improving and executing sustainable packaging products and processes internally and for our customers.

Recycling Cheat Sheet

Plastics

Plastic Resin Identification Codes are put on plastic products to signify whether they are economical to recycle.

1 & 2 RESIN CODES: These resin codes are commonly used in drink bottles and milk jugs. They’re accepted in curbside recycling programs.

3-7 RESIN CODES: These resin codes are found in personal care products, clear wrap in food packaging, ketchup bottles, medicine bottles, and foamed containers from takeout food. This code signifies them as NON-recyclables.

Glass

Glass from food and drink containers is a well-known recycling material. Clear and colored glass bottles are sorted and separated at most – if not all – recycling centers, keeping the recycling process undeniably simple.

Oil

Motor oil is never to be dumped nor sent down the drain. Take any unwanted and unused motor oil to an auto supply store or shop that sells it and can dispose of it properly.

Batteries

Most stores that sell car batteries will accept your old one for recycling.
Dry cell batteries (9-volt, D, C, AA, AAA, button, circular and rectangular) can be recycled at larger retail stores with designated battery recycling crates.

Paper and Cardboard

Recyclable
Corrugated boxes
Newspapers
Paper bags
Wrapping paper
Soft-cover books
Telephone books
File folders
Paper cups
Water bottles
Water bottle, laundry detergent, and peanut butter caps (recycled separately from bottle)
White and colorful paper
Copy paper (including staples)
Envelopes
Magazines/catalogues
Non-recyclable
Paper towels or tissues
Napkins
Cosmetics
Glossy-finished materials (juice boxes, chip bags, frozen food boxes)
Used paper plates and cups
Plastic or wax coated paper
Candy wrappers
Photo paper
Hardcover books
The Ruskin Group supports these organizations for their excellence in sustainability advancements.
American Forest and Paper Association
American Forest and Paper Association
Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association
Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association
Energy Star
Energy Star
National Council of Air & Stream Improvement
National Council of Air & Stream Improvement
North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
Northwest Pulp & Paper Association
Northwest Pulp & Paper Association
FSC
Forest Stewardship Council
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Reforest The Tropics
Reforest The Tropics
Carbon Disclosure Project
Carbon Disclosure Project
Invidivual Waste Reduction Model (iWARM)
Individual Waste Reduction Model (iWARM)
Ameripen
Ameripen
The Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum
The Sustainability Forum
The Sustainability Forum
pefc
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC
American Tree Farm System
American Tree Farm System
National Waste & Recycling Association
National Waste & Recycling Association
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