We strive to operate with the ecological limits of our planet in mind so that we can support the needs of present and future generations.
For Ontex, this means striving to protect the world around us, by using responsibly sourced materials, operating as efficiently as we can, reducing energy use and the carbon emission from our operations and transportation, and working towards our goal of zero waste to landfill.
We are focused on reducing the ecological footprint of our products and packaging by carefully selecting the most appropriate raw materials. On one hand, we continuously look for solutions that enhance comfort for our consumers while lowering product weight (and therefore the amount of raw material used). On the other hand, we aim to keep the impact of the raw materials we use to a minimum.
Renewable vs non renewable
Reducing raw material use
Across all of our product categories we focus on reducing the amount of raw materials we have. We have been tracking progress since 2009.
Fluff pulp is one of our most important raw materials. It is used to create the absorbent core in all of our products. Responsible wood sourcing and pulp production is of great importance to us.
Pulp is a renewable raw material and its production is a multistage process that extracts the natural cellulose from the Loblolly & Slash pine. Around 40% to 55% of the tree is used for fluff production. The bark of the trees and the lignin that remain after cellulose extraction are used for renewable energy generation by all of our pulp suppliers. All pulp used by ontex is Elemental Chlorine Free or Total Chrlorine Free bleached.
Reducing carbon emissions
Today, there is general agreement that our planet’s climate is changing and that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are one of the main causes. At Ontex we believe that climate change may have long-term direct and indirect implications for our business and supply chain.
- During 2016 we sharpened our energy related goals
Between 2014-2015, we reduced our carbon footprint by 28%, from 76.2 ktCO2 to 54.7 ktCO2. The main reason is the gradual shift to renewable electricity. And we aim for an additional 20% reduction to 43.8 ktCO2 by 2020.
- Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
In 2016 we participated for the first time in the Carbon Disclosure Project to increase transparency and comparability of our carbon footprint. Through the assessment we obtained a climate performance score of C, which is equal to our sector average. We are aiming for a score of B in 2017. https://www.cdp.net/en
- Striving for lean & green logistics
Millions of people around the world have an Ontex product in their shopping trolley. Each product has been on a journey. It is our ambition to reduce travel time and reduce our environmental footprint. As part of the Lean & Green program we have committed to reduce the carbon emissions of our logistics by 20% by the end of 2017, compared with 2016. In 2016, our CO2 missions per cargo unit decreased by 9.3%.
ISO 14001 & 50001
Making our operations more sustainable supports our commitment to operate within the limits of our planet. To ensure a consistent and coherent approach around the world, we aim to have all our main production plants certified to ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 by 2020. In 2016 56% of our main production sites were ISO 14001 certified, and 38% were ISO 50001 certified.
Minimizing and recycling waste
We strive to reduce the production waste we send to landfill and have an ultimate goal of zero waste to landfill by 2020.
During 2016 we generated a total of 32 495 tons of waste, of which 89% was recycled or incinerated for energy recovery and 11% sent to landfill.