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Sustainability

A long history of recycling

Blum has a long history of efforts to minimize its impact on the environment, reduce waste and recycle as many materials as possible. Measures taken to truly protect the environment have proven beneficial in the long term, not only in lessening the environmental impact but also in improved efficiencies.

One of our ongoing efforts is to reuse materials wherever possible. We mix recycled material with virgin raw material in many of our production processes. Amounts vary depending on the effects of recycled material on strength and color. All zinc and nylon components are produced virtually waste-free in closed cycle processes, therefore there is almost no waste in the production of these items.

‘We believe that responsible ecological behavior has long-term economic benefits. That's why we implement environmental protection measures in as many business fields as possible.’

From Blum's Orientation Statement

Environmental protection measures

Resource and energy management measures include heat recovery systems, building insulation, intelligent heating control systems, ground water cooling and energy efficient lighting systems with LED technology. These measures have been pursued for decades.

Materials recycled by Blum

  • Scrap metals like steel, copper and aluminum used in manufacturing

  • Injection molded plastic and zinc die-cast items

  • All oils used in manufacturing

  • Corrugated cartons and paper

  • Unused shrink wrap material

  • Printer and copier toner cartridges

  • Computer equipment and cell phones

  • Aluminum cans and plastic bottles

  • Light bulbs

Other efforts

  • All internal material handling is done with reusable plastic or wooden containers

  • Manufacturing many of our products in the US means reduced transportation emissions (and lower costs)

  • Batteries, paint and refrigerant are properly handled by companies that specialize in these materials

  • All lights inside our plants are on timers to conserve electricity

ISO 14001

Our Environmental Management System has been in place since 1997 and has helped us to systematically improve our environmental performance. Measures are continuously recorded in an environmental program and implemented with consistency. Regular audits monitor compliance and efficacy.

ISO 50001

Blum is certified to the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard. This international standard outlines best energy management practices worldwide and helps us reduce energy costs and greenhouse gases.



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