Results water carbon footprints

Rotoplas presents the results of its water and carbon footprints

 


Through our environmental product cards, our consumers, suppliers and other stakeholders acquire a 360 vision of the life cycle of our products, from the extraction of raw materials to its final disposal and recycle.


All the products we use and consume come from somewhere, they are links of a manufacturing process, require transport and finally, need some steps to be taken for their final disposition. The detail of these stages is known as “Life Cycle”.

To face the current environmental risks, to which the most important is the climate change, it is necessary for people, governments, companies and other stakeholders to understand the magnitude and location of the impacts they generate or help to generate among their supply chain, in order to collaborate in reducing, mitigating and eliminate their impacts. 

With the purpose of collaborating in the solution of the named problematics, toward a better understand of its products, Rotoplas performed a water and carbon footprint analysis for its most important water solutions. This was executed through the guidelines provides by the international norms ISO 14046 and ISO 14067, respectively.

By this study, which measures the water and carbon footprint, it could be assessed the most relevant life cycle impacts of 16 and 5 products respectively. For the water footprint, the eutrophication, ecotoxicity and scarcity impacts are assessed. These evaluate the input of harmful compounds that lower the oxygen availability in the water (eutrophication), that increase the toxicity of the environment (ecotoxicity), so as the water scarcity.

The results obtained suggest that a broad portion of the impact of our products is located in the use and end of life stages, so as the production of raw materials. Therefore, we have elaborated these environmental product cards, that can be reviewed to gain a better knowledge of the water and carbon footprint of our products in all its stages, from the extraction of raw materials towards the final disposition of recycling of our products, of whom most have a lifetime warrantee.

Additionally, we communicate the actions we take to mitigate the impacts among our operations and with our suppliers so as tips to address the impacts of the use and final disposition stages.

We invite consumers to review these environmental product cards, share them and prefer products that consider and address their impacts. Together we can design better alternatives for people to have more and better water.

These studies and our environmental product cards are aligned with the focal points 2 and 4 of our Sustainability Strategy. We invite you to review more information in the web page https://rotoplas.com/sustentabilidad/home-eng/

Water Tank 1,100 litrers

Water Tank 750 liters

Cistern 5,000 liters

Biodigester 600 liters

Rotoplas improves 54 positions in the 2018 ranking of the 500 companies facing corruption.

Rotoplas improves 54 positions in the 2018 ranking of the 500 companies facing corruption.

 


In alignment with the focal point 1 of the Sustainability Strategy: Corporate Sustainability Governance, Grupo Rotoplas entered the ranking 2018: 500 companies facing corruption published by the Expansión Magazine.


Year by year, The Expansión Magazine develops a study from public information of the companies from the visibility of information at their websites. For this exercise, companies are evaluated through a questionnaire based on the publication of anti-corruption policies in alignment with the Transparence of Corporative Information (TRAC) of International Transparence.

In the questionnaire, 28 questions are analyzed, the questions are grouped in four axes: (1) Publicity of the elements of an anti-corruption integral policy; (2) Scope and socialization of the anti-corruption policy; (3) Monitoring system, complaint and penalties; (4) Accessibility of the information.

In this evaluation Rotoplas obtained the place #262, by improving 54 positions in respect of the previous year. We understand that this year we improved in the ranking by the transparency of our anti-corruption policies, but there’s still a long way to go.

This is how Grupo Rotoplas visualizes his effort in the Sustainability Strategy by the external recognition, and continues to collaborate in the daily improvement of its reputation and the disponibility of information by being a public company.

We invite you to know other advances in the Sustainability Strategy in our website www.rotoplas.com/sustentabilidad

Rotoplas has translated into three different indigenous languages their manuals of the solutions for rain catchment and rural sanitation.

With these translations, it is easier to use and take care of the solutions for the Zapoteco, Mazateco and Tseltal speakers. ateco y Tseltal


In the frame of the international day of the mother tongue and in the effort for preserving the cultural richness of our country, Rotoplas has translated his comic intro three different prehispanic languages is manual for catchment systems, wet bath and purifier for households.


The mother tongue refers to these acquired at home, through the people that were responsible for breeding; included fathers, grandfathers, brothers or others.

The comic, that Rotoplas prints in color, serves as a didactical manual with images and text and seeks to generate and promote in an accessible way, good practices of use and maintenance of the solutions to favor the impact of the water catchment, wet baths and purifiers, for households. It additionally includes safety suggestions for the users to consider.

The comic is named “¡El agua ya pasa por mi casa!”, translated to Zapoteco as “Ma’ napadu nisa”, in Mazateco “¡Ja faa ndifa ngatjen nga ni yana!”, and in Tseltal “Te ja’e ya xk’axix ta jna”. In three different sections, the comic explains in a friendly way the functioning of the water catchment, wet bath, purifier and self-cleaning biodigester systems.

This initiative is aligned with the third focus of the sustainability model for Rotoplas: Impulse for socioeconomic development. This focus seeks to secure the social impact of the company solutions, which includes the indicators related to water access and sanitation in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals and the local criteria of poverty measurement.

The comic is directed to the people of communities that doesn’t count with water access and sanitation; or whose access is restricted or limited: This is why, the translation of the comic to the original languages has aloud us to get to populations that belong to the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Puebla achieving not only the objective of maintaining well informed the majority of our users, but at the same time, to continue fomenting the use of prehispanic languages which are a cultural heritage of great value for our country.

You can know more about this and other initiatives of sustainability in our website: https://rotoplas.com/sustentabilidad

Grupo Rotoplas utiliza energía solar en 5 plantas ingles

Rotoplas Group uses solar energy in 5 of its production plants

 


In alignment with the focal point 2 of the sustainability strategy of Rotoplas: Collaborative innovation with purpose, and emphasizing operational efficiency, Rotoplas Group develops projects that incorporate renewable energies in the productive processes of the company.


With this type of initiatives, we avoid the emission of greenhouse gases and diminish the dependence in fossil fuels, which aren´t renewable.

With this focus, Rotoplas Group has impulse the installation of 5,832 solar panels in its plants located in Mochis, Veracruz, Mérida, Guadalajara and Anáhuac. From the total of panels, 1,749 have been installed in the roofs of such plants and 4,083 panels have been installed in tertiary roofs. In joint, we have reached a total generating capacity of 2,294 kW. Allowing annual energetic savings of 3,640 kW.

With this Project, we will obtain 2,141,176 clean energy certificates (CEC’s) which can be sold to other users as carbon bonuses, to solve the impacts generated by the conventional models of production.

The Project will have a duration of 30 years. Starting with the installation of the panels in the month of April 2019. Nowadays the project is still in development and the interconnection with CFE is being generated to allow the own panels that are already connected to start working.

In the same way, these panels complement the acquisition of clean energy of the Company. This project considers data such as quantity of solar energy caught and the networks of energetic distribution to define better initiatives of electrical supply. By this, we strengthen our business behavior by being responsible with the environment.

This is how Rotoplas Group continues to collaborate in the continuous improvement of the environmental impact of its operations, in alignment with the generated agreements that took place on the Paris Climate Conference (COP21), which seek to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.

We invite you to learn more about other projects in our sustainability website www.rotoplas.com/sustentabilidad

Rotoplas crea modelo de atención comunitario para la limpieza de cuerpos de agua ingles

Rotoplas creates a community model for water bodies cleanup

In collaboration with Rotoplas volunteers’ neighbors of Mexico City and the Civil Society, Rotoplas has created a model that can be replicable that deals with environmental and social intervention for the sustainability of the water bodies in the cities.

Derived from the fourth focus of our sustainability model named “Safeguarding water as a resource for the future”, Grupo Rotoplas organized the first volunteer activity related to cleaning water bodies. Grupo Rotoplas went to the Barranca de Tarango for the cleaning of the Puerta Grande river.

Dicha barranca, y el río que la recorre, están ubicados en el poniente de la Ciudad de México. Juntos, son un área natural cuya extensión es equiparable a la primera sección del bosque de Chapultepec, midiendo más de 267 hectáreas. En 2009 fue declarada Área de Valor Ambiental (AVA).

The Barranca de Tarango and the river that flows through it, are in the west of Mexico City. This natural area is equivalent in extension to the first section of the Chapultepec forest that covers around 267 hectares. In 2009 it was declared Area of Environmental Value.

In despite of their importance the Barranca de Tarango and the river have become a garbage dump. Thus, in collaboration with Ectagono, Rotoplas organized an intervention to revitalize the rivers in various steps and to change the relation of the surrounding communities (La Milagrosa and El Ruedo) with their natural environment.

Through the cleaning sessions various Rotoplas collaborators came to the rescue, principally the ones that work in Rotoplas operations of the valley of Mexico: Planta Anáhuac, Sytesa, Lerma Plant & Services.

In the first session of the volunteering, the cleaning was developed in collaboration with the neighbors of the community with around 40 Rotoplas collaborators. Arriving to Tarango, the collaborators of Ectagono received the volunteers to introduced them to the community, the river and the importance of the activities in development. Once the indications and the materials where received, teams were formed to start working. In the residues that were recollected, we found cloth, tires, mattresses, plastic, and food covers which weighted around 1.8 tons of garbage.

The second day of cleaning was planned to let the participants experience the biodiversity of the environment, in this day 20 Rotoplas collaborators came with the surprise that the number of the community volunteers have increased motivated by the spirit of transforming their community in a positive way.

Before starting with the activities, the community leader, Silvia Bautista, talked about living there in the old times when the river was clean, and the children could go there and play safely and how nowadays they are getting used to the garbage emphasizing in how to recover the river.

The principal reason of the pollution of the river is because the Tarango neighbors have to go up on a stair with 205 steps to get to the garbage containers, so the majority throws away their garbage from their houses to the river.  By the end of the cleaning activities, summer courses took place with the presence of around 34 children.

The purpose of this courses was to prepare the kids as “guardians” of the community focusing their attention to the importance of taking care of the water bodies, the sustainability concepts, recycling and reusing.

Some of the materials used in the activities with the children were also materials reused that were found in the cleaning of the river.

At the end of the course a visit was programmed to the Papalote Museo del Niño for letting the kids to know the water pavilion to apply the concepts learned in the summer course.

We invite you to know the project, the results (document in spanish), the alignment with the ODS and the impact in the community.

You can get to know about other sustainability initiatives in our web site: www.rotoplas.com/sustentabilidad

Optimización de consumo de agua y otros recursos en planta Guatemala de Grupo Rotoplas Ingles

Water consumption and resources optimization in the Grupo Rotoplas facilities in Guatemala

Through an operational efficiency approach and in accomplishment of the Environmental Management Systems of the company, the Guatemala plant has started with the implementation of optimization initiatives for water, resources and enhancing their water culture.

The Guatemala facility has started with various recycling & resource optimization projects, developing 3 principal actions:

Recycling
Water optimization in the production processes
Water culture

 

Recycling:
Nowadays, we recycle paper, paperboard, nylon and e-waste. In respect to the recycling of paper we developed initiatives such as the “Day of the order and cleanness” and the implementation of recycling stations located in spaces near our collaboratives. We have recycled more than 800 lbs. of paper and the annual projection is about 700 lbs. The economic earnings of this recycling activities is donated to the foundation “Nature Defenders” which mission is to conserve the economic diversity and culture of important ecosystems in Guatemala, through the sustainable use of natural resources and with the active participation of the community.

Water optimization in the production processes:
In the final phase of rotomolding, we implemented a process that recovers water through the installation of 2 filters (one holds resins, and the other one holds carbon) and a gravel and pomex detainer. This has aloud us to increase the cycles in which we use water, using it between 9 or 10 times, recycling it in 80 %. This recovery project traduces in a total save of 30 cubic meters of water monthly and its bombing energy.

Rotoplas apuesta por energías Ingles

Rotoplas implements projects to supply renewable energy to its plants.

 


Aware of the importance of reducing dependence on non-renewable energies, Rotoplas implements projects to supply renewable energy to its plants.


Extrusion, grinding, injection and rotomolding are the four industrial processes that we use in Rotoplas to manufacture the water solutions that we provide to families, schools, communities and companies in the 14 countries where we operate. These processes require energy to be carried out, mainly Natural Gas or LP Gas and electricity. This is how we ensure the operation of the machines installed in our 21 Plants.

In 2016, electricity was the second most used source of energy in our operations, which represents almost 25% of our energy consumption, and is equivalent to 37.4 million of kWh. This consumption emitted 14,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) during that year.

Recognizing the importance of energy consumption and efficiency, as well as the necessity to move toward less aggressive energy schemes with the environment, in Rotoplas we have implemented different alternatives in our Plants and work centers to progress in the use of renewable sources of energy that feed our work processes.

Through purchase and production schemes of energy from clean sources such as solar and wind, in Rotoplas we have achieve that 86% of electricity used in our processes, its obtained from the use of renewable sources. This indicator has improved over time, helping us reduce our emissions of Greenhous gases (GHG). In this process of continuous improvement, our team of Supply Chain, Purchasing, Operation and the Plant personnel have been fundamental to achieve positive results.

As the result of this approach is that some of our most important plants in Mexico are supplied, almost completely, by electricity from clean sources. Such is the case of our plant in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon; our plant in Lerma, Mexico City; and our factory located in Leon, Guanajuato. This approach generates not only environmental benefits, but also economic benefits.

This initiative is identified in the second focus of our Sustainability Model: Collaborative Innovation with Meaning.

We invite you to learn from this and other sustainability progresses in our 2016 Integrated annual report.

Se construye cerca de Buenos Aires la primera Escuela Sustentable de Argentina Ingles

The first sustainable school of Argentina is constructed near Buenos Aires

With the objective of being the first sustainable municipality of Argentina, Mar Chiquita receives in 2018 the project “A sustainable school”. Rotoplas would help the students of the school with getting access to water.

The program “A sustainable school” have the goal of developing a network of several public schools of Latin America that are self-sufficient. By generating a triple impact: in the children that study in the school, the community that surrounds it and the society in general.

The initiative was launched by Tagma, which is an organization that woks in the educative, the community and the massive sector among other allies. The project is located in Mar Chiquita which is one of the municipalities with the biggest biodiversity in Argentina. There you can find: sea, sand beaches, lagoons, prairies, dunes, grasslands and streams.

For constructing the school, they used a method developed by the arquitect Michael Reynolds and its enterprise Earthship Biotecture which has been used for around 45 years to generate self-sufficient buildings around the world. The design of the school seeks to take advantage of the energy from the sun, the water, the wind and the ground.

The concept of Earthship is designed to develop spaces under 6 fundamental principles that guarantee self-sufficient buildings comfortable for their users:

• Natural and recycled materials.
• Solar heat and thermic mass.
• Solar Electricity.
• Harvesting water.
• Sewage water.
• Food production.

To secure that the school has a sustainable access to water, Rotoplas helps to supply and install 28 rain water catchment systems. This collected water would be principally used for human consumption, sanitation, crop harvesting and storage.

The project would benefit indirectly around 23,000 persons that live in the municipality. This way, in Rotoplas we seek to help to guarantee the access to water and sanitation in schools, houses, communities and public spaces by improving the quality of life of people. We invite you to know about other successful projects in our site: Solutions for development.

 

Captación de agua de lluvia para viviendas en el Estado de México Ingles

Rainwater harvesting systems for households in the State of Mexico

 


In the efforts of reconstruction after the earthquake in Mexico City of the past September 2017, Rotoplas collaborates with other allies to supply rain water catchment systems to the affected houses.


The earthquake affected severely the population in Mexico City, Chiapas, State of Mexico, Guerrero, Morelos, Oaxaca y Puebla. The event helped to awake the spirit of solidarity of Mexicans that helped in every way the affected persons.

The most challenging phase has been the reconstruction, because several families are in the uncertainty of having a home again. Thus, several social organizations have come to the idea of developing integral projects of reconstruction that helps to reduce the waiting time, helps the affected persons to get involved in the reconstruction process and guaranteeing a secure home again.

This is why Rotoplas is working with strategic allies involved in the reconstruction phase of affected houses. Along with the foundation “Vamos a dar” and through the “Programa de Apoyo para Zonas Afectadas (PAZA)”. Rotoplas has developed a rainwater catcher system that aloud around 200 families to use the resource in an efficient way. These systems let the users use the rain water for consume, food washing, purification and other domestic chores. The total capacity of storage is around 80, 000 liters.

By the end of this project, that is expected to last around 3 months, around 200 houses of the municipalities of Ocuilán, Villa Guerrero, Tenancingo y Joquicingo in the State of Mexico are going to diminish their dependence of the water net, by counting with a sustainable system of rainwater catchment that elevates their life quality by getting access to water.

We invite you to know about other successful project in our website: Solutions for development.

Jornaleros agrícolas cuentan con saneamiento mejorado gracias a ecotecnias Ingles

Rural agriculture workers improve their productivity through ecotechnologies

 


To obtain certifications that aloud their crops to be exported, Rotoplas has created sanitation projects in different agriculture fields in Mexico.


To export their crops, the producers must accomplish several requirements of sanity from different governmental entities to guarantee the quality of the products. In the certification process the laborers need to demonstrate that the solid human waste is well processed in a way that doesn’t contaminate their crop fields.

For that, Rotoplas is working in the West of Mexico with the supply and installation of wet bathrooms, which are a sanitation system that allowed the proper treatment of the human feces and helps the laborer’s to secure de quality of the food produced, and certificate them.

With this project, more that 70 agriculture fields have been benefited in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit.

This is how this type of projects allowed Rotoplas to carry more and better water along with proper sanitation to rural areas of Mexico and Latin America. You can get to know other projects of Rotoplas along with other allies in our section Solutions for Development.