How We're Fighting Climate Change

Sonoco recognizes our responsibility to address the challenges of global climate change. We are committed to measuring, reporting and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions as well as energy and water consumption and waste generation in our operations around the world.

In 2020: 

  • We reduced our actual greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) by 2.45% in 2020.
  • We reduced our actual Energy Usage by 1.08% in 2020.
  • We reduced actual Water Usage by 2.31% in 2020.

We are focused on reducing energy usage and air emissions by maximizing energy efficiency through targeted investments and initiatives, as well as reducing water usage and landfill wastes, and we encourage our vendors, partners and contractors to do the same.

Environmental Reports & Metrics

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One of the Largest Recyclers in the U.S.

Sonoco Recycling is one of the 10 largest recyclers in the U.S., and we've helped more than 70 facilities achieve zero waste-to-landfill status.

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Our Plastic Packaging Commitments

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    Increasing Recycling

    We will increase the equivalent, by weight, the amount we recycle or cause to be recycled from 65-85% relative to the volume of product we put into the global marketplace.
  • Hands sifting through plastic pellets

    Preventing Harmful Waste

    We will ensure all of our production facilities utilizing plastic pellets have systems to prevent environmental discharges.

  • Encouraging Sustainability

    We will ensure that approximately 75% of our global rigid plastic packaging is capable of making the relevant on-package recyclable claim.
  • Limiting Landfill Degradation

    We will not utilize resin additives that purport to degrade in landfills or waterways by simply breaking up into smaller pieces.
  • Meeting Commitments

    We're committed to work closely with our customers to help them achieve their post-consumer recycled content commitments.

Our Sustainability Story

From innovative packaging design to sustainable end-of-life practices, we've invested in a product lifecycle that's better for our planet and better for you and your customers. See how we've made sustainability a part of everything we do.

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Eco-Friendly Packaging Portfolio

Packaging that Preserves the Planet

We’ve shown our commitment to sustainability by developing an EnviroSense® portfolio that's dedicated to eco-friendly packaging. Our portfolio spans a range of materials—from cans to pouches to paperboard and rigid plastic.

Innovative Sustainable Packaging

Supporting New Eco-Friendly Solutions

LEED-Certified Studio

LEED-Certified Studio

Sonoco’s iPS Studio innovation center in Hartsville, S.C., has been recognized with LEED Silver certification status. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, helps building owners and managers improve a building’s life cycle performance, resulting in healthful and financially and environmentally sound performances and practices. The iPS Studio excels throughout a number of LEED project categories including: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation & Design.  

• The interior light power is 25.4% more efficient than code standard.  

• During construction, 36.65 tons of waste was diverted from landfill.  

• More than 93% of new equipment and appliances are Energy Star rated.  

• Indoor plumbing fixtures are 48% more efficient than the national standard.  

• 50% of new wood materials are FSC certified.  

Supplier Sustainability Awards

Supplier Sustainability Awards

Each year, we solicit our key supplier partners to participate and self-nominate for the prestigious Supplier Sustainability Awards. Our team considers and reviews each submission for three sustainability components: social, environmental and economic. 

This year, we had a record number of suppliers respond, increasing the competition from prior years! This is evidence of our suppliers’ commitment to continuous sustainability improvement within your enterprise and shows strong alignment with Sonoco and its stakeholders.

2020 Award Winners

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Every day, we commit ourselves to the singular notion that smart packaging is more than plastics, cardboard and paper—it’s a promise to people, products and our planet. And we believe it’s one well worth keeping. Let's work together.

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