Sustainability

Harmony between science and nature through the Toray Group Sustainability Vision

We believe that sustainability is the most important common global issue of the 21st century.As the Toray Group grows, we will do everything possible not to hamper the progress of global sustainability. Under our corporate philosophy of “contributing to society through the creation of new value,” we will work diligently to eliminate any negative impact on the global environment and sustainability as a result of our growth and development. At the same time, we will engage in Group-wide activities in an effort to resolve a variety of issues and work to achieve global targets including the Paris Agreement and sustainable development goals (SDGs) together with worldwide partners.

GOALS:A BETTER WORLD IN 2050

  1. GOAL1
    A net zero emissions world, where greenhouse gas emissions are completely offset by absorption
  2. GOAL2
    A world where resources are sustainably managed
  3. GOAL3
    A world with a restored natural environment, with clean water and air for everyone
  4. GOAL4
    A world where everyone enjoys good health and hygiene

TAKING ACTION:TODAY’S CHALLENGES

  1. ACTION1
    Accelerating measures to counter climate change
  2. ACTION2
    Realizing sustainable, recycling-based use of resources and production
  3. ACTION3
    Providing clean water and air
  4. ACTION4
    Contributing to better medical care and hygiene for people worldwide

FIVE COMMITMENTS FOR 2030

Supplying Green Innovation Products
4×INCREASE
Annual Water Filtration Throughput*Annual amount of water treated using water treatment membranes
3×INCREASE
Reducing Water Consumption per Unit of Sales
30%REDUCTION
Supplying Life Innovation Products
6×INCREASE
Reducing GHG Emissions
30%REDUCTION

Plant-based Ultrasuede®

Toray started commercial production of its non-woven material with a suede texture, which uses recycled resources derived from plants as part of its raw materials, for the first time in the world in 2015.

Through Ultrasuede®, Toray helps to realize a carbonneutral society by employing a chemical recycling system as well as by sourcing its raw materials from plant-based polymers. This provides the advantage of stable supply and quality and reliable traceability.

We consider these sustainable materials to be better for the Earth and its people as we aim to build a sustainable society through responsible manufacturing.

Effects of using approx. 30% plant-based materials for the raw materials in Ultrasuede®

Leads to a reduction in oil use
0.66 liters
Per 1 m² (375g) of Ultrasuede® BX*
  • Calculation performed by Toray based on the database of the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (at one company)
  • Crude oil consumption: Calculated in consideration of the yield of crude materials refined from crude oil

The advantages of biomaterials:

  • Contribute to a non-oil-dependent society
  • Secure supply and stable quality
  • Reliable as raw materials (inedible, non-GMO, traceable)

Use of PET derived from biomass (plants)

Use of PET derived from biomass (plants)