Albemarle: h2-oh yeah!

Mary Kate Miller
August 28, 2017
10 min read
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Moving toward sustainability is the key to curbing climate change, but sometimes it can feel daunting. That’s why World Water Week is such an exciting time. It’s seven days out of the year organized to focus on the globe’s water issues. The 2017 theme of World Water Week is “water and waste: reduce and reuse,” which makes it the perfect time to spotlight our holding Albemarle Corporation. Albemarle has worked steadfastly to provide safer water through water purification while prioritizing the environment.

What is Albemarle Corporation?

Albemarle Corporation is a specialty chemical manufacturing company. They are headquartered in Charlotte, SC, and in addition to employing 5,000 people, they are committed to water purification and conservation. The goals of Albemarle are dual-focused: to provide sustainable solutions that are also performance-based. In short, they want to make better products that are also better for the planet. That’s for sure something we can get behind.

Albemarle has been in business since 1887, and, like the rest of the world, a lot has changed at Albemarle since then. They began manufacturing Kraft and blotting papers. Throughout their history, they have been dedicated to manufacturing catalyst solutions and performance chemicals. This targeted focus also allows them versatility. Their products are used as additives or intermediaries to a variety of other products manufactured by water treatment companies, agricultural companies, cleaning product manufacturers,  and more.

All of this is great for profits, but where’s the “green” lining? Simple. It’s at the heart of everything Albemarle does. Albemarle is committed to the notion that sustainability is defined as a commitment to improving human life and a dedication to doing what’s right. How’s that for a company with a moral compass?

Albemarle sees that health, safety, and environmental protection are key to sustainable growth. They are connected to the communities that surround them and seek out new ways to develop relationships with the community, support employees, and increase their support of environmental protection. But how do they support the planet? In a few different ways. Albemarle is a U.S. EPA Energy Star rated company. They joined in 2014 to officially share their commitment to greener practices. They work to enhance green spaces in local forests.

H-2-oh yeah!

Albemarle produces biocides that help to keep water clean for industrial water systems and the related equipment. That means they have a large scale impact on keeping water clear of fungi, algae, bacteria, slime, and mollusks.

Albemarle has been a pioneer in the biocide industry. They have been recognized for their innovation in using bromine-based products. This formulation makes their products less corrosive, easy to control, and easy to implement with existing products. This makes Albemarle’s bromine-based biocides a seamless, eco-friendly choice that helps to expand the availability of clean water. Taking water that is available and making it safe to use is key in the reduction of water consumption.

Sounds so good they should get an award for it

They did. Albemarle was awarded an international recognition for their work in environmental stewardship and increasing the biodiversity at its plants in Mongolia, AK.

At the 18th Annual Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Symposium, Albemarle was recognized for the work they do to maintain biodiversity at their plants. The Magnolia plants, which are located in southwest Arkansas, are comprised of 2,300 acres. Because of Albemarle’s commitment to environmental stewardship, they designated 200 acres of that space to wildlife habitat programs by cultivating artificial marshes and wetlands.

Marsh-ing toward the future

The wetlands at the Magnolia plants have been around since the 1990’s. Since that time, Albemarle has planted upwards of 120,000 aquatic plants and native vegetation. The wetlands provide home, shelter, and food for a variety of wildlife species. At the same time, they act as an eco-friendly alternative to mechanical water treatment facilities for storm water runoff from Albemarle’s facilities.

Albemarle is also working towards a broader understanding of biodiversity in the future through their involvement in community education programs. Students from the nearby high schools have taken samples from the wetlands in order to test pH levels and other qualities in the water samples. Building a greater understanding of water purification will help the next generation understand better ways to work towards water purification and conservation.

Clean drinking water is scarce, according to The Water Project, only 1% of the total water resources on the planet is available for human use. This makes it even more important that we prevent pollution in the water that we can use.

Albemarle, found in our Clean Water portfolio, is committed to keeping water clean and building a brighter future, in addition to remaining an innovator in the specialty chemicals industry.

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