Freefoam has added a new section on its website highlighting the company’s journey from a linear to a circular economy in its progress towards a sustainable future.
The section features initiatives and case studies that focus on the elimination of waste, the reuse and circulation of resources and carbon and energy reduction activities.
The case studies detail the countermeasures implemented to address waste occurring at the company. More content will be added as new projects are introduced throughout the year.
Initiatives range from using energy from renewable sources, ‘recover and recycle’ schemes and introducing a closed loop production process.
One such initiative is the ongoing replacement of all DC motors with AC motors which use less energy and require less maintenance, potentially reducing its energy usage by 64,774 kilowatt hours per annum as well as reduced energy and maintenance costs.
Elsewhere, the company implemented a redesign and reduction project to remove the protective film on the vented section of general purpose boards, allowing any ‘slugs’ or waste PVC to be diverted from general waste and reused in the production process. From this scheme, the company will see 13,500kg of PVC foam diverted from general waste a year and carbon emissions reduced by an estimated 25,870kg CO2e per annum.
Commercial Director Colin St John said: “As a responsible manufacturer, we are committed to sustainable manufacturing, and it is our responsibility to monitor and reduce our overall impact on the environment. The new page on our website will document our commitment to putting sustainability at the heart of our organisation and through case studies we will demonstrate some of the projects we are undertaking to achieve this goal.”