Blum - Moving Ideas for Sustainability

42 Management approaches Product sustainability Innovation, quality standards and optimisation are our top priorities for the use of all resources. This approach extends from our products and manufacturing processes to our resource handling and efforts to introduce closed loop systems. At theproduct development stage, we lay the foundation for the efficient use of raw materials. The entire product life cycle – from procurement to the most complete recycling option available – is analysed to keep the impact on the environment as low as possible. Products are also subject to specific energy and environmental requirements right from the project development phase. Transparent records are kept to document the specific objectives, any deviations and the results. Waste management 306–1 We are aware that, as a large company, we contribute to the waste problem. However, compared to a small business, we also have more opportunities to address this challenge efficiently. Our waste management system is based on the waste pyramid. In addition to short transport routes, we also attach particular importance to the recovery of any reusable materials. We promote material recycling by constantly evaluating our waste streams and separat- ing them according to type. Resource conservation is complex – the aim being to strike the balance between using as much as is necessary, but as little as possible. Where can small tweaks be made to make things even more efficient and protect nature as much as possible? From the development and creation to the disposal of our products, we endeavour to protect the precious resources provided by our planet. In plant 8, we use silos to automatically sort and collect the scrap. Prevention Quantity Priority Recycling Recovery Disposal Reuse Resources

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