Composite decking manufacturer Trex claims 95% recycled and recovered content in its products.
The company’s 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report highlights its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impact and promote circular systems.
“Collectively, our company achieved significant goals in 2021,” said Bryan Fairbanks, president and CEO of Trex, in a statement. “As we increased our capabilities and recorded record sales, we remained focused on growing the business in a sustainable and socially responsible way and accelerating our commitment to people and the planet.”
Trex uses plastic bags and sawdust waste in its composite decking manufacturing process, using more than 850 million pounds of polyethylene film and recovered wood fibers in its products in 2019 and exceeding 900 million books in 2020.
The Virginia-based company’s 2021 figures indicate that it recycled more than a billion pounds of recycled polyethylene film and reclaimed wood for use in its products. Trex also subtracted Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 33% from 2020.
Occupational health and safety efforts were a primary focus for Trex in 2021, with the company hiring more than 400 full-time workers. Trex improved its safety strategy and strengthened its environmental, health and safety (EH&S) staff by 60% from 2020. The company also touted its employee and development program, who has provided over 65,000 hours of leadership, safety, onboarding and professional development. coaching.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives included mandatory training for all company staff and an effort to recruit and attract women and ethnically diverse employees.
In the area of governance and ethics, Trex continued to align its business activities with its values, including “Fostering a Culture of Integrity”. Measures include consolidating ESG oversight and ’embedding’ sustainability at senior management level.
Charitable support and volunteer efforts were evident as the company’s NexTrex community recycling program recruited more than 2,500 schools and civic organizations to divert more than 1 million pounds of plastic wrap from landfills in 2021.
Editor’s Note: Learn more about Trex’s sustainability efforts in this recent episode of Stef Talks Trash.