Doing Our Part
Environmental responsibility is just one part of Chase’s quality improvement process. As a member of Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), we tackle environmental stewardship in a number of ways on an ongoing basis.
Developing products with a greener life cycle
Chase’s formulas, propellants, packaging and procedures are constantly being refined. Through our association with CSPA, we stay current with the emerging science of sustainability. That includes working hard to see that every product has the lowest VOC level possible, while still getting the job done
We have also partnered with the United States EPA through the DfE Program (http://www.epa.gov/dfe/). With 6 qualified products and more coming, we are committed to making products safer for people and for the planet. If you have questions or comments on our partnership, you can contact the EPA directly. Our program contact is Melanie Vrabel (202-564-1843).
We strive to make our products and packaging, even after the products have been used, compatible with municipal solid waste or sewage handling systems. All of the products that Chase manufactures are VOC compliant where they are regulated and sold.
Most of our own products are now in DSC cans (http://www.dscontainers.com/). These two-piece containers require less energy to produce than standard three-piece cans, and are made with a minimum of 33% recycled steel. Many of these now have E-twist caps, which use less than 25% of the plastic in a typical double shell overcap. Packing/shipping cartons are made from at least 25% recycled paper. All of these components are completely recyclable in communities that have appropriate recycling facilities.
Reducing our footprint - conserving resources
In addition to the customary, ongoing efforts to protect the environment, like turning off unnecessary lights and maintaining equipment for efficient performance, Chase has taken the following steps:
We bale our plastic strapping, plastic stretch film, cardboard and office paper for recycling. We handle nonconforming aerosols by recycling their metal containers, sending the concentrate for fuels blending, and using the propellant for fuel in the thermal oxidizer.
As we replace equipment, we have added computerized boiler controls to reduce gas usage by 30%, and installed air compressors with variable-frequency drives to reduce energy usage by 35%. We are replacing older motors with high-efficiency models, magnetic ballasts in light fixtures with electronic ballasts, 85-gauge engineered stretch film with 52 gauge with equal or greater load force-even our original black roofing material with white material.
Chase continues to investigate the use of solar energy to heat our water baths and shelf life ovens, the conversion to low-water sanitary fixtures, and other opportunities utilizing wind power, photo-voltaic power, and solar energy.