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Sensient Colors focuses on sustainability

Sensient Colors LLC, a business unit of Sensient Technologies Corporation, is focusing on its commitment to applying sustainable practices to secure quality raw material and create sustainable color solutions.

The company says its global supply chain is managed regionally for optimal monitoring and to ensure a collaborative relationship with the grower of raw ingredients to improve growing standards, produce stable botanical sources and optimize food quality. Specifically, Sensient has focused on energy reduction by installing motion-detected energy efficient lighting systems, working with raw material suppliers to limit usage of non-renewable energy sources such as coal, and implementing zero-discharge programs with suppliers in China and India to eliminate wastewater.

The company also implemented waste-reducing systems, including a corporate-wide recycling program, capital investments in packaging systems with reduced carbon footprint, and new software programs to eliminate paper transactions.

Additionally, products are developed with the goal of reducing product and application waste. Sensient recently introduced new AccuPak dissolvable color bags in the US, which are dissolvable bags that reduce packaging materials and minimize plant clean-up costs. Soon it will launch new Elvajet digital ink technology, which Sensient says reduces water consumption by up to 90 percent, energy consumption by 60 percent and CO2 emissions by up to 75 percent versus conventional printing processes.

"We evaluate and renew our commitment to sustainability constantly at Sensient Colors because we believe that implementing sustainability programs is an important ethical decision for Sensient and it makes good business sense. Our approach involves examining all aspects of our business, how they interact and discovering new solutions that deliver a lasting, positive environmental impact," says Mike Geraghty, president, Color Group, Sensient Technologies Corporation.

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