Sustainability has long been a core value for Stormtech, but with each passing year, it is a value that they are embedding more deeply into their business and their ethos as an organization. We sit down with Stormtech CEO Troy Crighton to talk all things sustainability.
Troy, what does sustainability mean to Stormtech?
Stormtech has always focused on excellence, both in terms of product and process, and we work continuously to ensure that this focus is a central company value. For us, it’s pretty clear that sustainability isn’t just about the environment, it’s also something that makes business sense. Too often companies go for the low cost, low effort option, which just results in something that’s barely up to standard, with a pretty shocking lifespan to boot. But, while installation costs may be higher, durable is almost always cheaper overall.
You mentioned products that just barely meet the standard, tell us about Stormtech’s approach to compliance, especially when it comes to sustainability.
For us, sustainability standards are the bare minimum to achieve for an action or product to have an impact. And in the process, if we really want to get things done, we have to go beyond the standards at every step. We devote significant time and resources to recognizing and certifying our products under the various sustainability frameworks to ensure builders and specifiers have complete peace of mind when specifying Stormtech.
And what are some of those certifications?
We have all the regular certifications that any prescriber would expect to see, but of note was the recent achievement of GreenTag HealthRATE™ Platinum certification for three of their most popular products. This certification for the products Slimline Composite uPVC Channel and Stainless Grate, Slimline Stainless Steel Drainage System Series and Slot Drain, uPVC, places them in the “world leader” category and gives designers and specifiers solid certification as to the toxicity of the materials. of these products. This helps them reliably assess how Stormtech drains will contribute to their project’s overall sustainability profile.
But more generally, we continue to engage in voluntary sustainability initiatives and obtain stronger certifications where possible to ensure that you can be confident that when using a Stormtech product, you are doing the right thing. for the environment.
Troy, tell us about how Stormtech approaches sustainability from a material perspective and your considerations when manufacturing products.
Using sustainable materials is essential to us, which is why we invest heavily in R&D to ensure we evolve where we can and continually update our processes to get the most out of our materials, and adopt a life-cycle approach to conservation.
Our drain grates are primarily made from marine grade stainless steel, which means they are not only 100% recyclable, but will not break down and remain serviceable and reusable for thousands of years. We also recycle and reuse all our scraps to achieve a zero waste result.
The other material we commonly use is PVC, which – as a plastic – obviously has inherent durability concerns. But PVC is an incredibly durable and long-lasting material, which makes it ideal for drains. We are also signatories to the Australian PVC Industry’s Voluntary Product Stewardship Scheme, and by adhering to the Voluntary Commitments made under the Product Stewardship Scheme, which means we are committed to addressing the associated environmental issues. to the manufacture, use and disposal of PVC products. in Australia.
So what’s next for Stormtech?
Well, when it comes to sustainability, our approach is that our work is never done. As new technologies and processes emerge, there will only be more opportunities to raise the sustainability profile of our products and our business. And it is our ethical duty to stay up to date with the latest developments and incorporate them into our business. And as I’ve said before, by doing this, we’re not only helping the environment, we’re securing the long-term future of Stormtech as a company. So, by making these choices, we are building a company that succeeds while making us proud. We show that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, and our journey only gets better.