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Sustainable desiccants

Our ambition in environmental sustainability is to help lower the environmental impact of global logistics and supply chain activities.

By offering reliable and efficient moisture damage prevention to our customers, we contribute to a huge saving on the CO2 footprint. Desiccant technology can be used instead of environmentally damaging solutions like air freight or environmentally questionable pre-arrangements like oiling, VCI, over-dimensioning of packaging, etc. Using desiccants also decreases the waste due to moisture damage and decreases the unnecessary use of resources.

And we help our customers go even further by offering desiccants with net-zero carbon emissions, and which are easy to recycle and possible to reuse.

What is a sustainable desiccant?

Desiccants are classified by the nature of the absorbing agent. Sustainable desiccants are made of desiccant agents obtained from natural resources, but this is not the only factor to consider. Our definition is:

  • A desiccant with a high absorption capacity that allows the use of a lower quantity than alternatives while giving the same protection.
  • A desiccant with optimized use of plastic or other packaging material. For example, a single-layer bag or pouch which reduces the amount of plastic required for its production.
  • A desiccant which is made with recycled plastic or partly recycled plastic, with as much as possible being reusable or recyclable.
  • A product supplied in an optimized outer packaging.
  • A CO2-neutral desiccant.
  • A product made by a company that respects human and labor rights and offers a great working environment to its employees.
  • A product made by a company with the Environmental Management System ISO 14001 certification.

Discover our range of sustainable desiccants, CO2 Neutral

What does carbon-neutral mean?

Carbon-neutral means that any CO2 released into the atmosphere from a company’s activities is balanced by an equivalent amount being removed.

Our process to achieve carbon-neutral container desiccants

  1. Re-engineer products to decrease the amount of material in order to lower the usage of resources
  2. Use materials with a low CO2 footprint e.g. re-cycled material
  3. Ensure operations have a low CO2 footprint
  4. Calculate the CO2 footprint of products from cradle to gate – scope 1, 2 and (upstream) scope 3
  5. Offset remaining, unavoidable CO2 through a certified organization

We have chosen materials with a lower carbon footprint, and evaluated and sourced suppliers, transports and energy resources also with respect to carbon footprint. By doing this correctly, we have decreased the amount of plastic needed and been able to exchange a large part of the plastic with post-consumer plastic and a lower CO2 footprint. But we cannot (yet) get the whole way to zero footprint.

We have calculated the total carbon footprint of our container desiccants Absorpole® and AbsorGel® from the cradle to the gate. Which includes source, transport and production. The data on our carbon emissions is validated by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd. and included in an extended report available on request. The CO2 footprint for each product can be found in the Technical Product Sheets for each product.

The remaining emissions are neutralized via carbon offsets, credits for emission reduction achieved via projects of sustainable development like solar energy installations or reforesting projects. The projects we support are Gold Standard-certified projects.

The projects we support

Current projects

Sodo & Humbo Project, Ethiopia

A replanting project with social benefits that is reversing the deforestation trend in the region with the plantation of more than 1 million trees, strengthening the natural ecosystems and the agricultural sector, and creating job opportunities.

Gold Standard ID: GS3007

Jaisalmer, India

Solar energy in India: a project for fossil-free energy in India which reduces approx. 7800 tons CO2 per year. But also contributes to working opportunities, and girls in the region getting access to education and healthcare.

Gold Standard ID: GS6003

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