OUR ECOLOGICAL FACTORY
When we built our Malle factory in 1992, it was celebrated for its ecological design. Made using over 90% recycled or renewable materials. With reclaimed wooden beams and strengthened European pine instead of steel and concrete. And special low energy ‘eco’ bricks for the walls.
And that’s not all. We designed the building to let in lots of sunlight, making it a nicer place to work and reducing our need for heating. We also planted a living green roof that helps with insulation and blends in naturally with the local environment. Our flowering small succulents now attracts plenty of wildlife, including magnificent ospreys.
AIMING FOR A ZERO-CARBON FOOTPRINT
Our carbon footprint isn’t just another buzzword for us. It’s something we tackle head on. From using recycled and recyclable packaging to making our formulas more concentrated.
We obsessively measure carbon emissions for our footprint – ingredients, packaging, travel, utilities, manufacturing and distribution, the works. We’ve worked out that our global current carbon emissions in 2017 were 74,434 metric tons. Which, as far as we’re concerned, is 74,434 tons too many.
A zero-carbon footprint future is our bold long term goal. But for now, we’re working on getting our emissions down through initiatives like using renewable energy in our factory.
WORKING FOR A ZERO-WASTE FOOTPRINT
It’s not all about CO2. We aim to be recycling or composting 100% of our waste by 2020. And we’re not far off that figure today. Achieving this goal would mean that none of our waste will end up in landfill.
“When we set out to build an ecological factory…people thought we were crazy”.
Vincent, Factory Manager at Ecover.