We use our Original Thinking™ to preserve the planet.
Our goal is a brighter future for our customers, suppliers, employees and communities, so we pledge to incorporate sustainability in everything we do. We continue to optimize our manufacturing process to reduce the use of natural resources. We are focused on meeting our current needs while preserving the planet for future generations.
Through our “Focus on the Bulb” program, all Velcro Companies’ locations worldwide transitioned to LED lighting. This initiative reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1700 CO2 MT on a global basis.
Our facilities around the globe have a plan to reduce water usage. In Europe, wastewater from our dying processes is treated and reused, reducing water consumption by 50%. Our plant in Somersworth, N.H., has plans in place to reduce water usage in 2021.
Velcro Companies is ISO 14001 certified for our environmental management system (EMS). This allows us to minimize our impact on the environment, control costs and produce higher-quality products with greater efficiency. Since 2003, we have met or exceeded our annual goals and reduced our overall environmental impact by 25%.
Spain Bronze EcoVadis Medal
Our facility in Spain earned the Bronze level EcoVadis medal.
Globally, we divert more than 54% of our solid waste from landfills. Materials are recycled, down cycled or used to generate energy. Our facility in Uruguay is 100% landfill free. Our facility in Spain implemented a program to use waste as fuel for energy generation with atmospheric emissions considered harmless and environmentally safe. Our New Hampshire sites also expect to have 100% solid waste diversion in 2021.
Velcro Companies use many different methods to minimize energy consumption, including energy efficient lighting, occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting. When developing new products we consider input materials that minimize impact to the environment as well as the overall product life cycle impacts.
Serving Our Communities
We love to give back to the cities and towns we work in. Our colleagues across the globe have helped improve their communities with clean ups, donations, planting trees and recycling programs.