Sustainability in plastics is about more than feedstocks, energy consumption and resource efficiency. True sustainability also includes the process used to produce these materials, and avoiding sending pollutants into the atmosphere. As Anoosheh Oskouian of Ship & Shore Environmental, pointed out: ‘We do not have any geographic boundaries in our air.’
Anoosheh Oskouian, owner and CEO of the California-based Ship & Shore Environmental founded the company, which specialises in environmental pollution abatement, in 2000 – ‘so this is the twentieth year that we are active’, she said, speaking with Sustainable Plastics.
Back then, there were a great many rules and regulations starting to be enacted across the US by the EPA, aimed at reducing overall pollution and addressing pollution emanating from the industry and manufacturing sectors.
“The systems and equipment available at that time were very preliminary, very basic,” said Oskouian. “Flaring was used to burn off excess gaseous material, sending pollutants into the atmosphere.”
Stricter rules meant that this practice was curbed, leaving the industry to seek other solutions.
“We became very involved in designing different types of equipment suitable for different industrial sectors and all kinds of manufacturers. We saw that there was no one fits all solution, because different processes, different applications, different types of manufacturing have different needs,” Oskouian said.
Ship & Shore Environmental saw an opportunity and began custom designing systems precisely tailored to each customer’s requirements. As the company is located in California, it has a front-row seat when it comes to environmental legislation, and this gave it something of a head start, allowing it to ‘get into the game early’ and to develop the knowhow and experience to grow from an equipment manufacturer into a system supplier.
“Yes, we were one of the original companies who were doing it. I am happy to say that we have been growing steadily ever since,” Oskouian asserted. As she described it: “We have our own, full manufacturing facility, so we basically do the front-end, which is design and consulting, all the way through the manufacturing of what the equipment is required to meet. And we have a team that goes out and executes and directs the products that we manufacture. We basically refer to ourselves a one-stop shop for all the pollution needs that people may have.”