Bona announced that it has achieved zero waste at its manufacturing facility in Monroe, North Carolina. Less than one percent of companies in North Carolina can make this claim. Additionally, this month Bona opened a new distribution facility in Limburg, Germany with a host of sustainable and environmentally-focused features.
By working with partners and internal protocols, as of December 2017 all materials at the Bona facility in Monroe will be recycled, repurposed, or reused. This includes waste water, paper, plastic, and any hazardous material that may result from the manufacturing of Bona products. As an ISO14001 facility, these practices are also verified by outside sources to validate the zero waste claim. Additionally, over the past few years, Bona has installed new lighting, motor controllers, and optimized heating and cooling systems to significantly decrease the building’s environmental footprint. Since 2015 the Monroe facility has reduced its water usage by several thousand gallons annually.
“For almost 100 years, sustainability and environmental awareness has been core to our business at Bona. This important milestone keeps our promise to do what we can as a company to lessen our impact on the environment,” said Richard Goering, senior vice president, sales and operations North America/Latin America.
The new distribution center in Limburg, Germany is Bona’s biggest facility investment ever, with almost 10,000 square feet of space. The new facility doubles the capacity for handling and distributing goods in order to support Bona’s plans for growth.
In keeping with Bona’s Corporate Social Responsibility goals, the new center is equipped with solar panels offering power for the facility as well as supplying power back to the public grid. Other green features include a green roof, heat pumps for heating and charging e-bikes and cars, and an electric shuttle for transporting goods from the nearby adhesive plant. Bona’s Limburg Distribution Center is expected to be operating fully by the beginning of 2018.
“We have an ambitious growth strategy and for the last couple of years we have seen a growing need to increase our distribution capacity in Europe to give our customers better service. This is Bona’s biggest investment ever and a crucial factor in supporting the future growth of our business. As sustainability is at the core of our business, I am extremely proud of the green features of this facility and the positive impact it has on the environment and the local community,” said Kerstin Lindell, president & CEO of Bona AB.