Zero waste factories, recycled milk, low-carbon profits and footwear innovation
RB achieves zero waste to landfill
Consumer goods giant RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) has achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill across its European and North American factories. Following the implementation of a number of innovations under its sustainability strategy, more than 60% of the company's factories globally are now achieving zero waste to landfill. RB global head of sustainability Victoria Wood says: "Since launching our 'betterbusiness' strategy in 2012, we've seen a rapid transition towards zero waste. We've gone from 4 to 31 factories achieving zero manufacturing waste to landfill status.” Thanks to location-specific measures, the multinational is also working to reduce water impact, carbon emissions and waste. At RB's Baddi site in India, talcum powder waste is being used as a raw material for the production of plastic granules, while at its Bangpakong site in Thailand, wastewater treatment sludge is being turned into concrete blocks to be used in local schools.
Nestlé dairy factory first to run water-free
A Nestlé milk factory in Mexico has become the first in the world not to rely on external water resources for its production process. The dairy factory in Jalisco, a very dry region of Mexico, does not extract any groundwater. Instead, it recycles...