We are always looking for new ways to be more sustainable across our business practices and our glass. We take a look at the big picture from manufacturing choices, transportation and waste management to build a more sustainable Australia.
In 2007 we made a commitment to the Victorian Environmental Protection Authority (the EPA) to greatly reduce the environmental effect of our operations in Australia. In putting our hands up to make this commitment, we became the very first manufacturer in the country to sign a sustainability covenant with the EPA. To live up to this promise we undertook a $130 million upgrade of our manufacturing site in Melbourne.
Another part of working to be more sustainable is avoiding the creation of waste – reducing packaging and inter-packing materials is an ongoing focus for us.
Our glass production process uses a high percentage of internally manufactured recycled glass. Plus, you might be surprised to hear our glass also has a second life as a component of insulation.
Our agreement with the EPA isn’t just about our manufacturing processes but is also a commitment to further development of architectural glass that reduces energy consumption, in turn decreasing CO2 emissions. We add coatings to our glass to increase solar and thermal performance. This helps to create more comfortable and energy efficient spaces.
We’re very proud that our efforts have earned us the Environmental Standard ISO 14001 certification, exceeding EPA standards. But we still want to do more, so watch this space!