We at Gustavsberg have always worked hard to find new and smart solutions for a more sustainable production and overall use of our products. Our broad product range extends from water saving toilets to energy efficient mixers. We have long since been awarded environmental certification, and we show consideration for the environment throughout the products' life cycle - from product development and manufacture, to logistics and the finished bathroom. Simply by installing our products you can save energy, water and money. Although, sustainability for us is not only about the environment. It is also about a social responsibility which initially means creating a safe working environment for our employees and the installers who work with our products. The next step is a constant awareness of our production and how we can contribute to a more sustainable society. Because of our strive for a more sustainable future, Gustavsberg partners with WaterAid and takes an active part in helping people around the world to get a better life with clean water and sanitation.
The heat for our Vårgårda factory comes from biofuel in the form of woodchip incineration at a plant just 500 metres away. We no longer use oil as a source of heat, which has not only reduced the environmental impact on the atmosphere, but has also helped eliminate the heavy deliveries of oil to our factories.
Through investments in the ventilation system, we are attacking dust emissions that are now much below the limits. We have also dealt with noise through various investments in new components in the ventilation systems as well as changed routines and times for usage of ventilation. We keep track of the water that we are releasing to our environment and that is well below the limits from the licensing authorities.
When energy classification for mixers was presented in 2010 it was very welcome. At Gustavsberg we have been focusing on energy in our work for a long time. Nautic washbasin mixer got the highest grade (A) in the energy classification and got the best test result of all the washbasin mixers in the test. The same goes for Nautic kitchen mixer. It was - and still is - the best kitchen mixer of all tested kitchen mixers.
Gustavsberg has energy classification on the Nautic and Logic ranges for washbasin and kitchen mixers (SS-820000). Since 2014 also Nauic thermostat mixers in combination with shower sets (SS-820001) have energy class A.
We have also developed economical and eco-friendly packaging solutions that comprise less material. One example is the award-winning packaging solution for our Nautic bathroom range. It comprises just two components – Styropor® and corrugated card – which are both simple to sort and reuse. In addition, we wrap our mixers in microfibre cloths that end customers can use to clean their homes – and then recycle.
ISO 14001 is a global standard for environmental management. It is a solid tool that helps companies to apply an active, structured and efficient environmental programme. External evaluation of the environmental work and how efficient it is from the ISO 140001 standard point of view takes place on a regular basis. For more information, see www.sis.se
Our Vårgårda factory is registered in EMAS, the EU’s Eco Management and Audit Scheme that is used by both private and public sector organisations. It is more comprehensive than ISO 14001 in its requirements regarding reporting, auditing and checking, for example. As such, the two environmental management systems neatly complement one another. Organisations linked to EMAS are required to publish an annual environmental audit. For more information, see www.emas.se
ISO 9001 is the international standard for quality management. The quality management system is the tool that helps the organisation work with quality in an active and efficient manner. Once the management system has been introduced, an external evaluation is performed. If the quality work lives up to the standard, the organisation is awarded certification. For more information, see www.sis.se
We were awarded this international recognition of good packaging design for our eco-smart packaging solutions for the Nautic bathroom range. These solutions feature less material than previously, which facilitates recycling. They are also designed to be simple to store and handle, which reduces wear and tear damage at fitters.
Today, there is an energy labelling system for mixers of the same type as the one for white goods. The purpose of the labelling is to provide purchasers, fitters and consumers with impartial assistance in choosing energy-efficient products. Our Nautic and Logic washbasin mixers have been awarded the highest rating (A), which means that using them will help consumers to save a lot of energy and money. For more information about the energy labelling system, see www.kiwa.se/Swedcert
We are working to introduce a system for the way in which we as a company take social responsibility in accordance with the international ISO 26000 standard, which describes what a company or organisation can do to contribute to a sustainable future. It contains guidelines that provide support for how a company or organisation should work to take responsibility for its employees and the outside world. The guidelines are voluntary, so they cannot yet lead to official certification. For more information, see www.sis.se