Promoting water reuse and recycling on site: towards "waterloop factories"?
L’Oréal aims at reusing industrial water at every possible opportunity, and then re-treating the wastewater leaving the water treatment system, with the help of diverse technologies (including ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, etc.), in order to extract very high-quality water. This water is then reused for cleaning production tools or for cooling processes. By the end of 2019, 14 of the Group’s plants had installations of this kind in place, becoming pioneers in the beauty industry: in Karlsruhe (Germany), Libramont (Belgium), Montréal (Canada), Suzhou (China), Burgos (Spain), Florence (United States), Aulnay and Rambouillet (France), Pune (India), Jakarta (Indonesia), Migdal (Israel), Settimo (Italy), Mexico (Mexico), Vorsino (Russia). Globally, L’Oréal now aims to develop “waterloop factories”.
Since 2013, L’Oréal has encouraged its packaging and raw materials suppliers to participate in CDP’s Water Disclosure Project, a programme whose mission is to engage companies in publishing their water management strategy and performance annually. In 2019, 94 of the Group’s suppliers agreed to participate in the programme.
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