In Sunrise Medical UK we have changed the lighting in some areas of the warehouse from Fluorescent tubes to LED's with motion detection. They automatically switch off when not needed, saving a minimum of 1753.4 CO2 kg of carbon emissions.
Choosing sustainable sources of energy is essential to protecting the environment. At our Dutch plant in Helmond, we have switched to a certified energy provider offering 100% European wind energy.
To reduce foam and plastic consumption in our facilities in Mexico, we have eliminated the use of 150,000 foam cups, lids, and spoons. This has reduced 395 kilos of waste.
At our Italian facilities in Piacenza, Italy, we are now provided with energy only from renewable resources, from a supplier called Repower. The energy we get is from a hydraulic plant in Valtellina, northern Lombardy.
At our Spanish facilities, we are now using electronic invoices, limiting and reducing significantly the use of paper and printing ink.
At our facilities in Australia, Mexico, and the Netherlands, we have completely replaced our existing lighting with LED's, in order to be more energy-efficient.
At Sunrise Medical we are committed to sorting our waste the right way. At our facilities in France and Poland, we are collaborating with local organizations that help us recycle the used batteries and other electronic equipment and reprocess everything in specialized channels.
In our Polish facilities, they have started using smaller cardboard boxes to store the products. In addition to that, in our facilities in France, Australia, and the US, they have implemented a proper cardboard recycling plan for up to the 100% of the material they are using.
Even though we are significantly reducing our paper consumption and using a lower amount of printing ink, Sunrise Medical France is processing all the printer cartridges in specialized channels, as well as other materials such as used batteries and electronic equipment.
To reduce water consumption and energy we are replacing sanitary equipment in our facilities in Mexico, the US, the Netherlands and Spain with water-saving models and installed touchless water faucets to control the temperature and the stream duration.
To conserve electrical usage, at our facility in the United States we have cut back the hours of use of our lights, fans, and HVAC. The old process required building sections to remain on while only one small area required lighting. Breaking the facility up into 20 zones using a modular system, allows each department to control its system independently and save energy.
At Sunrise Medical we recognize the vital connection between bees and the environment. Our Polish associates have been gifted flowers that are friendly to bees and other pollinators. They will be taking great care of them!