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 2021, 17 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). Going further, L’Oréal has been developing “waterloop factories”. At year-end 2021, there were six Waterloop Factory plants (Burgos in Spain, Settimo in Italy, Vorsino in Russia, Libramont in Belgium, Mexico City in Mexico and Yichang in China): all the water required by the utilities (equipment cleaning, steam production, etc.) comes from reused water or water recycled in a closed loop on the site.
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 2021, for the seventh edition of the Water Disclosure Project Supply Chain programme, L'Oréal selected 333 of its suppliers mainly of raw materials, filling and packing components and subcontracting on the following three criteria: technology consuming particularly large amounts of water, location of at least one production site in a hydric‑stress area and the size of L’Oréal’s purchase volumes. 221 of them agreed to take part in the programme.
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