Concepts for understanding sustainability

For Torrent Group, it is very important to take care of our surroundings, the environment, the use of natural resources, the people who work with us and society in general. We are aware of our social and environmental responsibility: that is why we assert on a daily basis our commitment to sustainable development and the circular economy. Our duty is to recognize those responsibilities in social, environmental and economic matters in order to ensure an optimal quality of life for both current and future generations. Therefore, we believe it important to produce a glossary with terms from the different areas of Social Responsibility: economic-corporate, environmental, employment, social and dialogue with stakeholders.

Circular economy

This strategy aims to reduce both the entry of virgin materials and the production of waste, closing the “loops” or economic and ecological flows of resources.

Sustainability

The meeting of current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs, guaranteeing the balance between economic growth, care for the environment and social welfare.

Sustainable development

A form of progress that maintains balance today without jeopardizing the resources of tomorrow.

Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO)

A set of global objectives to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda, adopted in 2015 within the UN.

Packaging

A product that can be manufactured in a large number of materials and that serves to contain, protect, manipulate, distribute and present goods at any stage of their production, distribution or sale process.

Disposable

Items designed to be used only once.

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)

A technique for determining the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with a product, process or activity.

Carbon footprint

An environmental indicator that aims to reflect all greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted directly or indirectly by an organization or product.

Eco-friendly

That product that has been designed and manufactured by respecting the environment and / or that offers an improvement for it.

EcoDesign

A design that considers actions aimed at improving the environment of the product or service at all stages of its life cycle.

Biopolymer

Polymers derived from renewable natural resources.

Bioplastic

Type of plastics derived from plant products.

Biodegradable

Subject to decomposition through the action of biological agents and / or micro-organisms into elements found in nature, such as CO2, water or biomass, always under natural environmental conditions.

Oxo-degradable

Products that include additives to accelerate the fragmentation of material into very small pieces through chemical oxidation produced under certain conditions such as UV irradiation or exposure to heat.

Compostable

Can be degraded by the action of organisms (that is, biologically) producing carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass in a controlled period of time and under certain conditions.

Reusable

A container conceived and designed to carry out a minimum number of circuits and rotations throughout its life cycle, which can be refilled or reused for the same purpose for which it was designed, with or without the help of auxiliary products.

Recyclable

Classification of a container or packaging as recoverable in terms of material recycling. A container can be recyclable from 0% to 100%.