“Emissions, air quality, water quality and sustainability will fully morph from a nice-to-have to an enforced requirement,” she says. “But we, as manufacturers, shouldn’t wait until we are forced to comply. We can proactively do what we can to make this planet a better place for our children and grandchildren.”

Small-to-medium-sized composites manufacturers may look at the sustainability initiatives of companies like Owens Corning and feel overwhelmed at the thought of launching their own programs. But they need to understand that they don’t have to tackle these issues on that same scale.

“You look at your footprint, and you do what you can do,” Gromacki says. “The challenge for sustainability is what part we can do to improve our own performance. Then it becomes more easily implemented.”