We take environmental responsibility seriously and strive to continuously minimize our impact on the environment and actively promote sustainability in all of our actions. The products we manufacture are of the highest quality and are meant to last for years or even decades. Even after a product has worn out, it can be recycled and the material reused for some other purpose.
We always minimize the use of raw materials and use as much recycled material as we can. For example, some of the flower pots, snow tools, bins and SmartStore box clips are made entirely of recycled materials. The amount of recycled material that we use has increased every year since 2012. Research is carried out all the time to find alternative, more sustainable bio-based raw materials that are even more environmentally friendly.
At our factories in Finland and in Sweden our two main environmental targets are to reduce the use of electricity and lower the scrap rate. We have made significant efforts in order to reduce the energy consumption year after year. The products are designed to be as efficient as possible in the production to consume less energy and also in terms of logistics. We actively change our machines to new, more energy-efficient ones. Four new machines were bought during 2014. All Orthex Group factories had an environmental site assessmentby Environ International Corporation in 2014. The assessment showed no risk to the environment. All our factories are also ISO9001 and 14001 certified. The ISO 14001 certification guarantees that our environmental management is at its best and that we strive to minimize our environmental footprint.
Here are some concrete examples of environmental objectives reached during 2014:
Tingsryd factory, Sweden:
- Use of water decreased by 20.9%
- The amount of industrial waste decreased by 9.7%
- Change to recycled material in all black flower pots
Gnosjö factory, Sweden:
- Heating oil replaced with geothermal heating
Lohja factory, Finland:
- The amount of waste decreased by 19.4%
- The use of recycled material increased by 91% between 2012 and 2014
- Decrease of cardboard packaging by 44%
- Decrease of plastic bags and foil by 53%
- Part of the Responsible Care programme within the chemistry industry