One key sustainability goal at our production facilities around the world is to reduce water consumption and produce less wastewater. We have already made significant progress in this area, as shown by these international examples:
A cross-functional team from Beiersdorf Manufacturing Itatiba, Brazil, implemented the project “Water Reuse from Reverse Osmosis” in 2012. This project reduced water consumption by reusing discharged water in the sanitary facilities. The initiative achieved recognition at the 6th Edition of Water Action Award from the Piracicaba, Capivari and Jundiaí Rivers Consortium (PCJ Consortium), in the “Water Reuse” category. PCJ Consortium is an organization, which brings together municipalities, companies, universities and NGOs in order to improve the conditions of river basins in the region and preserve water.
The creation of short cleaning processes by eliminating pre-cleaning in some mixers, together with the optimization of cleaning processes of pipes has lead to water savings in our production facility in Chile in 2012. Our production facility in Mexico also optimized cleaning processes which has resulted in a decrease in water and disinfectant usage.
Using less water is also a key focus theme for our new production facility, which is being built in Mexico. The new design has been created using up-to-date sustainability methods which ensure significant water savings. ...more
In 2011 our production facility in Mexico cut its consumption by around a third by switching from drinking water to recycled wastewater for its sanitary facilities.
In 2012 the Tres Cantos production facility in Spain continued to optimize its wastewater treatment system. The quality of the water is now so high that it can be reused, e.g. for garden irrigation, which also reduces water consumption significantly.
Our Indonesian production facility installed a new cooling tower in 2011. This allows water to be re-circulated, thus saving on ground water.
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