Sustainability at PPG

Business Performance

Production Innovation

For decades, PPG has been committed to making products that not only meet our customers' demanding requirements but also help to sustain a healthy global environment. PPG’s history of innovation includes coatings that protect cars from rust, chemicals that strengthen rubber and protect water supplies, paints that resist mildew and contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), optical products that lighten and darken automatically, military applications for transparent armor, and fiber glass for alternative energy applications.

Today, PPG continues to focus on making products that help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, including: 

Environmental Claims on Products
In a marketplace of ever-increasing sustainability product claims, PPG tries to minimize confusion and maintain differentiation by utilizing various scientific methods to claim environmental or social product benefits. Where applicable, PPG pursues third-party certification for its products or collaborates with its customers to consider a product’s use through life cycle stages. However, when self-declared claims are made, PPG marketing practices follow the ISO 14021 standard regarding self-declared claims for environmental labels and declarations or local guidelines, if available.

In 2010, Solarban® R100 glass, Sungate® 400 glass and Clarvista™ shower glass earned Cradle to Cradle® Certification at the Silver tier. PPG earned Cradle to Cradle Certification for all of its architectural glass products in 2008, and it remains the only glass manufacturer in the world to have achieved this distinction.

The three glasses were named as Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products after an audit of the materials used in their formulation and production, and the processes used to manufacture them. Cradle to Cradle Certification is awarded by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), which independently evaluates the total impact of a product on human health and the environment throughout its life cycle. Considerations include sustainability of the product’s material ingredients and their ability to be reused, and how efficiently water and energy are used in the product’s manufacture. The product manufacturer also must demonstrate socially responsible corporate practices that encompass social fairness, ethical business standards and environmental stewardship.

PPG also requires all of its products to include labeling regarding how to safely use the product and how to dispose of products to reduce environmental impacts.