Dedicated to a sustainable future
A fresh approach to sustainability
At Kwik Lok, we recognize that as a plastics company with a global footprint, we have both a responsibility to minimize our impact and an opportunity to drive meaningful change.
Our new Fresh Start initiative is our promise to continually improve, innovate and support our community. At the core of our Fresh Start initiative, we have instituted a sustainability planning, governance and reporting system to hold ourselves accountable. This system is rooted in the following four key strategies.
Four strategies guiding us forward
Unlocking opportunity through education and economic success
Whether offering cross-training to employees or providing scholarships to students in our community, Kwik Lok is dedicated to helping people achieve their potential. We continue to strengthen our on-the-job training programs and seek more ways to support future generations.
Improving the health, safety and well-being of all people
We know that health and safety go beyond keeping employees safe at work. That’s why we promote an inclusive environment, provide access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance, sponsor a wellness program and more.
Protecting people, places and the planet
While at our core we provide an easy way to keep food fresh and safe, we also strive to minimize our waste and reduce our impact on the environment. One example of recent efforts: we’ve logged a 36% reduction in energy use at our Yakima headquarters since its renovation in 2013. Our goal is to be a zero waste company.
Fostering innovation in food safety, access and manufacturing
Kwik Lok has always led the way in low-cost, time-saving food safety technology. As we look forward, we seek to continue to innovate with an eye towards environmentally sound production, reuse and recycling.
Currently, Kwik Lok closures are 100% traceable, reusable and recyclable. Our research and development department has been investigating polylactic acid (PLA) and starch resins which have promising potential for future product application. PLA and starch resins are considered bioplastics because they are organic-based yet have the versatility, strength and stability of petroleum-based plastics. Unlike traditional plastics, they can be designed to naturally degrade when composted.