What can we do to be more environmentally friendly? How can we reduce energy consumption, eliminate
waste and transform these savings into added value?
These are the questions we asked ourselves before starting on a programme to improve our environmental footprint via the adoption of Lean principles.
We then analysed our processes, identified inefficiencies and sought solutions.
The results? Immediate!
We focused above all on the final product testing phase which is performed before delivery. These tests are essential but require an enormous amount of water.
By optimizing the layout of testing bays and supply and recovery systems, we managed to create a closed circuit so that 100% of the water is recovered, filtered, purified, and re-circulated.
The same was achieved for recovery and recycling of liquids resulting from the shredding of cardboard: the system recovers the waste water, filters out the cardboard impurities and puts it back into circulation.
Then we turned our attention to the shredded cardboard used during the testing phase.
This represented a huge waste. What could we do? Improve the system and turn waste into value!
Through adopting a new supplier, we managed to recover 50% of the space in the storage area and reduce the storage time of shredded packaging. Moreover, there are no transportation costs and the material recovered, once recycled, is transformed from a cost into a revenue source!
Finally, in the interests of eco-sustainability, we have aimed to close the circle by buying cellulose products for internal use made by recycling our own waste: from kitchen towels to handkerchiefs, from toilet paper to hand towels, in Galdi nothing is wasted!