We're planting the seeds of a sustainable future
Creating a sustainable future for generations to come is a core commitment of the RPC Group, and has been fully embraced by RPC Bramlage Division.
Sustainability is incorporated into our way of working and underscores just about everything we do. We have very clear goals and target numbers we want to meet that go beyond those regulatory requirements. We think it is important to carry out actions because they are the right thing to do, not just because they are legislated.
We take our commitment to the environment seriously and we have agreed upon a number of initiatives for the future with very clear goals in mind.
We also feel that it's necessary to plant seeds close to home, so they take root and create a community we can be proud of. That's why we try to source materials locally, thereby eliminating emissions from extended shipping. That's just a small part of our "Solidarity Sourcing Programme".
We will reduce our water consumption by 25% by 2022
Saving water seems to be a good idea at home; there are clear economic benefits. Most people, however, don’t know how saving water can have a positive impact on manufacturing sustainability.
By lowering our water usage, we can easily contribute to the reduction of CO2 in our atmosphere.
So, what are we actually doing?
We’re replacing our cooling towers at our Astra Plastique locations and improving general water flow.
We’re also replacing cooling towers at our Frankenthal and Zell locations.
Our new building at Zlin will feature an innovative rainwater collection system for toilets and other direct waste outlets.
At our locations where water is particularly scarce, such as in central Mexico, we tend to focus on the reduction of water usage and wastage as a top priority. We have implemented numerous programmes to ensure that water leaks and wastage are a thing of the past.
We will have used 10,000 tonnes of renewable materials by 2022
We will consistently save approximately 5,000 tonnes of materials every year by 2022
Renewable resources are better to use than non-renewable resources. Recyclable materials are better than non-recyclable materials. These statements are just common sense. If you can replenish a resource infinitely, you will always have a source of raw materials for production. If you can recycle a material, you don’t need to use as many fresh resources.
Hence, we are attacking material usage on two fronts. Firstly, we’re driving more and more PCR (post-consumer resin) use. PCR is basically plastic that has already been used at some point in the product stream and has been recycled. It is not a fresh raw material. By using PCR, we ensure less non-renewable materials are used by taking advantage of recycling. Secondly, we’re increasingly using bio-sourced materials, which include all sorts of polymers based on vegetable sources rather than petroleum.
Some of our material initiatives:
We are currently evaluating the use of rPP and rHDPE for projects.
We have designed and currently offer jars that use a co-injected PP/PCR/PP multi-layer material.
We are in the midst of testing coffee capsules that are made of bio-plastic to ascertain degradation timelines and environmental impacts.
In terms of light weighting, all proposed projects are based on a state-of-the-art modelling system in order to predict performance and optimize the design for use. In fact, in 2018 we saved 1,800 tonnes of materials through light weighting.
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We will cut our waste generation in half by 2022
The less we contaminate, the better off we’ll all be. The manufacturing industry is going to create waste - that’s simply a given. How MUCH waste, however, depends on how careful we are during our processes and how strictly we keep those processes under control. Our goal is to minimize the over-use of materials and to only use the amount required for the job. Waste can often be re-incorporated into the manufacturing cycle, thereby eliminating the need to add fresh raw materials.
Current initiatives include:
We are implementing a waste reduction program for each of our processes, reviewing all root causes, from product design through to manufacturing processes.
We have reduced and will continue to reduce the number of tools we use with cold runners (single using filling channels for multi cavity tools).
Our technicians re-grind and re-use scrap, creating a short closed loop in as many processes as possible.
We have enjoyed great success with environmental clean-up projects, including completely cleaning and restoring the beach of Monastir and ensuring the shores of the Allier River in central France were also cleaned and usable. These initiatives are normally carried our during our yearly "Safety Week", but we make sure to maintain them throughout the year.
We will reduce our energy consumption by 25% by 2022
Current initiatives include:
All of our factories have undergone and will continue to undergo TANGRAM audits
After one year of audits lead by TANGRAM, we are implementing a "best practices" program, to reduce our energy consumption.
All new equipment is acquired with a strong focus on energy consumption.
Specific projects to include renewable energy at different plants are currently in progress.