An important part of the Sunstrand culture and brand includes being a friend to our environment.
As the market leader in sustainable materials, Sunstrand believes it’s especially important to protect and strengthen our environment. We take very seriously our responsibility to use natural resources carefully, minimize damage, and ensure these resources will be available for future generations. That means we incorporate environmental priorities and practices into our products and relationships with consumers, customers, vendors, and employees.
We at Sunstrand, dedicate ourselves to furthering the usage of sustainable materials in new and innovative applications. Our materials are rapidly renewable and an alternative source for everyday products. They can be reused, recycled, and are also biodegradable. In contrast to wood and cotton fibers, our fibers go from seed to product in less than a year. Trees can take upwards of five years to reach maturity for use as a natural fiber composite, and the logging industry is incredibly carbon-intensive.
Unlike synthetic materials, we process our fibers with safe, natural materials and ingredients. Our feedstocks and their corresponding products improve soil quality, lower carbon dioxide offset, increase yields, and reduce the need for plastic and synthetic alternatives. As our feedstocks are naturally resilient to pests, we easily avoid environmentally-harmful pesticides, keeping the ecosystem in balance. We at Sunstrand commit ourselves to making everyday products sustainable and efficient.
Every product we produce focuses around sustainability. Take Hemp as an example – Sunstrand processes hemp into highly engineered fibers for use in commercial, technical and industrial applications. As a densely growing plant, hemp literally chokes out any competing plants. This means harsh chemical herbicides aren’t necessary. Hemp also naturally reduces pests, so no pesticides are needed. Amazingly it also returns 60-70% of the nutrients it takes from the soil. Not only is hemp gentle on the earth, it also requires very little water (especially compared to cotton), and very little land to cultivate. According to the Guide to Sustainable Textiles, this means it can produce up to double the fiber yield per hectare than cotton. From an environmental perspective, the benefits of hemp are pretty clear.
Our efforts consistently reduce the world’s carbon footprint and create rapidly-renewable resources for our customers. We comply with local, state and national environmental legislation and adopt responsible environmental practices within the company and among our employees.