There are various incentive programs that are run by businesses or governments that encourage businesses to use green raw materials in their production processes. Examples in the painting and coating industries include Crown Paints-recycled plastic container program and California paint stewardship program. Examples in the cosmetic/beauty care industry include Davines Group and the Green Circle Salons program. Others include Green Field paper in the paper and cardboard industry and the green initiative by the Vietnam government in the textiles sector.
Information for this research was obtained from press releases, company reports, case studies which contained information on sustainability activities of companies in various sectors. Some of these resources include Cal Recycle, Packaging News UK, Indonesia Organic, the Jakarta Post, Tech Packer, Technical Textile, Hosho, BASF, Let's go Green and Sustaining Beauty. Based on these resources we identified both financial and non-financial incentive programs and cross-checked each of them to confirm that they are still active.
EXAMPLES OF GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS-LED, OR ANY OTHER INCENTIVE PROGRAMS THAT ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO USE GREEN RAW MATERIALS IN THE PRODUCTION OF THEIR PRODUCTS
PAINTING AND COATING
- CALIFORNIA PAINT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM (FINANCIAL)
Description: The government of California runs the California Paint Stewardship Program in processing and manufacturing recycled paints. Recycled paints are manufactured from leftover paint by taking it through various processes such as filtering, adding pigments and adjusting the PH. The main objective is to reduce the improper disposal of leftover paints by increasing production of recycled paints. Paint manufacturers submit a CalRecyle plan to the government and upon approval the company receives funding.
- CROWN PAINTS-RECYCLED PLASTIC CONTAINERS (NON-FINANCIAL)
Description: The company uses recycled plastic containers for their products, thereby diverting plastic from the ocean and landfills. That is achieved by turning post-consumer waste plastic into pellets that are used to manufacture paint containers. While only 25% of recycled plastic is used to make plastic containers in the UK, the move by the company has opened the pathway for 100% recycled plastic containers.
- DAVINES GROUP (NON-FINANCIAL)
Description: The company uses renewable raw materials such as corn starch, vegetable oil, glucose, and cellulose. These are used in the manufacture of plastic items for cosmetic purposes which makes them recyclable and biodegradable. Based on such initiatives, the carbon footprint of the company is reduced. The company also encourages its suppliers and clients to adopt sustainability strategies, and it screens them to ensure they conform to these guidelines.
- GREEN CIRCLE SALONS (FINANCIAL)
Description: The company recycles and reuses biodegradable materials such as glass, plastics, paper, color tubes, foils, spa waste, and hair color. These materials are diverted from the oceans and landfills and are used to make beauty care products. Additionally, the Davines Group also finances the Green Circle Salons by offering complimentary products that are worth the cost of enrolling in the program.
PAPER AND CARDBOARD
- GREEN FIELD PAPER (NON-FINANCIAL)
Description: The company uses paper from recycled materials such as post-consumer pulp and hemp. These are better than using virgin paper after recycling since they contain hemp fiber and post-consumer pulp in the ratio of 25:75. Additionally, the company uses soy-ink for printing purposes.
- VIETNAM GOVERNMENT-GREEN INITIATIVE (FINANCIAL)
Description: The Vietnam government is encouraging organizations within the country to use green raw materials. To facilitate this, the government is offering tax incentives for products with the Vietnam Green Label certification. Below are some companies that have benefited from this initiative in the textile sector:
Wunderlabel: The company started using recycled polyester yarn for manufacturing its woven labels, printed labels and stickers.
Coast Vietnam: The company is using biomass boilers that utilize green raw materials (green petrochemical). Instead of using fuel oil or coal in boilers, the company shifted to the use of rice husks for thread manufacturing.
Le & Le: The company uses environmentally friendly chemicals to manufacture its garments.