We choose natural materials and woods from renewable sources, reforestation, and forest management. In 2019, the Herval Group achieved FSC – Forest Stewardship Council certification for certain products. The certification relates to the chain of custody of materials from forest origin.
Many of our foams incorporate a certain percentage of polyols made from soybeans in their formulations, reducing dependence on fossil materials for their production. In addition to reducing petroleum consumption, the use of bio polyols reduces the carbon emission balance due to soybean plantation photosynthesis. Furthermore, we have foam manufacturing in a continuous machine, which is a process that requires minimal washing water and has very low isocyanate vapor emissions (due to operating in a completely closed dosing circuit). This process is characterized by maximum conversion of raw materials into end products, significantly reducing the generation of waste and other losses. Moreover, some of the inputs used in continuous production are reused in subsequent processes, such as paper, cleaning solvents, and small foam scraps.
New facilities are being designed and implemented with resources that allow us to save natural resources, such as rainwater reuse, dimmable and intelligent LED lighting, natural lighting and ventilation, and thermal insulation for roofs and walls. We also have ongoing projects to improve production processes, such as replacing old motors with more up-to-date models that offer better energy efficiency, thereby reducing electricity consumption.
INDUSTRIAL WASTE TREATMENT
All waste generated in the production process and other waste from customers or post-consumer products are properly treated, whenever possible reused, and when necessary, disposed of in accordance with current legislation. When it comes to wood waste, reuse is used for energy generation, replacing electricity in heating materials and industrial environments. In 2021, we joined ASLORE, an association formed by companies that have come together to develop actions aimed at complying with the National Solid Waste Policy. As a result, we invest monthly in actions focused on reverse logistics, meaning we seek to increase the amount of recycled waste, thus minimizing the environmental impacts that our packaging may generate.
FLEET AND LOGISTICS
Logistic processes are organized to maximize the efficiency of goods transportation, reducing the impact of emissions resulting from combustion in our vehicles, which are fully fueled with Diesel S10, thereby reducing the emission of sulfur compounds into the atmosphere, proven to be responsible for acid rain.