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Environmental protection

Protecting the natural environment has been a long-term goal of our company. Our effort is to minimize the impact of our activities to the environment and to continuously improve our environmental performance. We are all committed, both management and staff, not only to comply with national and European legislation but also to promote green growth programs to achieve this goal.

Energy footprint

Through the renewal of the equipment, the optimization of the processes and the redesign of products, we contribute decisively to the reduction of the energy footprint of our company.

Indicatively we can mention the following:

  • Use of advanced raw materials that require lower temperatures (less energy) for heat treatment. On average, we have reduced the processing temperatures of raw materials by 15 degrees Celsius. This translates into about 10% less energy demand for heat.
  • With the use of recycled raw materials, we achieve lower greenhouse gas emissions by 65-70% compared to the primary raw materials. This means that by increasing the share of regenerated raw material in our total production, we are helping reduce greenhouse gas emission.
  • For the cooling of the equipment during the production process we use a closed cooling circuit which contributes in our saving energy and water resources.

 

Zero waste

Our company is aiming in achieving a continuous reduction of the produced waste.

The internal recycling system we use consists of plastic crushers, so that the products discarded from the production process as well as returns from customers or even old items that do not show commercial use, are used 100%. So we practically ensure that we have zero plastic disposal from our production process itself.

Regarding the packaging materials which are used in our premises, both incoming and outgoing, we are managint them in the most formal and appropriate way. More specifically, the first and auxiliary raw materials that we procure, which are packaged in plastic - paper - cardboard - metal, etc., are driven after unpacking and sorting - separation, to certified recyclers who manage them further. All data concerning the types of packaging, the individual quantities and the companies that receive them, are registered in detail and officially in the USA. (Electronic Waste Register).

On the other hand, the packaging of the products that we supply the market (cardboard and plastic) are registered in  Hellenic Recycling Utilization Company and Hellenic Recycling Organization and the corresponding fee is being paid. 

Finally, in the context of the ongoing improvement that we seek at all levels, the company's Environmental Management System conforms with the requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 standard.

Environmental management ISO 14001 

 

Circular Economy - Recycling

Circular Economy - Recycling

The linear production model is based on the threefold "supply of raw materials - production of products - disposal at the end of the year". Based on this most economies in the world have been developed.

According to this model, each product inevitably reaches the "end of useful life" which in itself makes it unsustainable.

Given growing concerns about depleting natural resources and degrading the environment, together with the need for sustainable development, the circular economy is coming as a natural consequence.

Simply put, a circular economy is defined as the extension of the life cycle of products while saving non-renewable natural resources through the reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery of raw materials, energy and waste.

The circular economy is a reliable, modern proposal for sustainable development, which has multiple benefits for society, the economy and the environment. That is why it is a key pillar of our company's strategy.

 

RECYCLING

Recycling is the process of converting the waste into raw materials from which new products are then produced. The contribution of recycling is multiple:

• Waste reduction

• Energy saving

• Reduction of pollution in the atmosphere, soil, oceans, underground water etc.

• Improving the living standards of people

• Creating new jobs

• Promoting sustainability

Fully embracing the principles of the circular economy, we have been introducing the use of recycled raw material in our production for several years now.

 

In 2018, this percentage of recycled raw materials rose to 10 - 12% while in 2019 it reached 15%. For 2020, we intend to reach or even exceed 20% of recycled raw material with most of it being PCR (post-consumer recycled). Note that it is always the goal of our company to maintain the quality characteristics of our products and that the selection and use of recycled raw material does not affect the quality of the products. We should also mention that we do a selection of products where recycled raw material is used. For items intended for use in contact with food, we use only virgin raw material to ensure the safety of the final consumer. The production of recyclable raw material that can be used in food utensils is still at an early stage, but by closely following the technological developments in this field, we will be one of the first to use pure recycled raw material in this category of products as well.

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