Sustainability in plastics is about more than feedstocks, energy consumption and resource efficiency. True sustainability also includes the process used to produce these materials and avoiding sending pollutants into the atmosphere, says Anoosheh Oskouian.
"We do not have any geographic boundaries in our air," Oskouian, CEO of Ship & Shore Environmental Inc., said.
Ship & Shore Environmental launched 20 years ago in response to the variety of rules and regulations across the U.S. by federal and local agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, all aimed at reducing overall pollution and addressing pollution emanating from the industry and manufacturing sectors.
"The systems and equipment available at that time were very preliminary, very basic," Oskouian said. "Flaring was used to burn off excess gaseous material, sending pollutants into the atmosphere."
Stricter rules meant that this practice was curbed, leaving the industry to seek other solutions.
"We became very involved in designing different types of equipment suitable for different industrial sectors and all kinds of manufacturers. We saw that there was no one-fits-all solution, because different processes, different applications, different types of manufacturing have different needs," Oskouian said.
Ship & Shore Environmental saw an opportunity and began custom designing systems precisely tailored to each customer's requirements.