Orthex’s operations are highly resource efficient and have minimal impact on the environment, including local biodiversity. All our factories have closed-loop systems for water use. Our operations use cooling water in their manufacturing processes, and the water is fully recycled in production. No wastewater is created in our operations, and no water is released into nature. Our objective is always to save natural and other resources.
In optimizing resource efficiency, our focus areas are improving energy efficiency and decreasing production waste, or scrap.
A significant way to improve energy efficiency in our operations is to replace old machines with energy efficient ones. We have made significant efforts to reduce the energy consumption year after year. Our products are designed to be as efficient as possible in terms of production and logistics, so that they consume less energy. We actively change our machines to new, more energy-efficient ones.
Our target is to decrease energy consumption per produced kilo (-5% rolling 3 year).
Here are some concrete examples of actions made to achieve resource efficiency in production:
2021: Reduction of CO2 with Green Energy in two factories in Sweden and replacement of equipment with energy efficient technology
2020: Reduction of CO2 with Green Energy in Finland and replacement of equipment with energy efficient technology
2019 - 2018: Five new energy efficient machines
2017: Energy efficiency project launched in Sweden and two new energy efficient machines.
2016 - 2015: Six new energy efficient machines.
2014 - 2013: Change to thermal heating at Gnosjö factory in Sweden and five new energy efficient machines.
2012: Renewing the cooling system at the Lohja factory in Finland. Joining national energy efficiency program in Finland.
We optimise our production in a way that minimises the emergence of poor- quality products or production scrap. If scrap is created despite our measures, mainly due to colour or material change during production, we are able to reuse the vast majority of it as raw material elsewhere in production. This effectively eliminates the creation of actual scrap.
Our target is to achieve a production scrap rate (cost of scrap products compared to produced volume) of 1.42% by 2024.