Design and Manufacturing for Sustainability
Ensuring Sustainability in Our Design & Manufacturing Processes
We consider sustainability throughout our design and manufacturing process.
Designing with Sustainability in Mind
Consumer demand is increasing for more sustainable building products, and we are responding with solutions that can save water, save energy and reduce waste.
The Global Plumbing Group is integrating water conservation into product design, paying special attention to their “Save, but don’t sacrifice” design pillar. The Global Plumbing Group is designing to conserve water while creating a great water experience. Moen is connecting homeowners to their water like never before with the industry’s first-of-its-kind, whole-home smart water ecosystem: the Moen Smart Water Network. The system includes innovative water-saving products like Smart Faucets, Smart Showers and Smart Water Security. Water-savings generated by these products contribute to Mission Moen, the brand’s ambitious commitment to create innovative water-saving products with a goal of allowing end-users to save up to 1 trillion gallons of water by 2030.
Not only does Therma-Tru design energy-efficient fiberglass doors, it designs and manufactures industry-leading complete door systems built to help protect against energy loss, keeping heat and air conditioning sealed inside the home. In fact, 85% of Therma-Tru doors are ENERGY STAR® qualified.
Fiberon’s PE composite decking and cladding is certified for containing a minimum 94% mixed recycled wood fiber and plastic content. It lasts longer than wood decking and is nearly maintenance-free, distinguishing factors designed to set apart our PE composite deck boards from wood deck options.
Visit our Responsible Products page to learn about the products we offer to support people’s growing desire for functional and stylish homes that help them live responsibly.
Making sure we are designing with sustainability in mind helps our consumers and our manufacturing plants to save water, save energy and reduce waste. It also helps our company mitigate risks and leverage opportunities that arise due to regulation and increased focus on green groups and certifications, such as National Green Building Standard and the U.S. Green Building Council LEED rating system.
Taking Care with Our Materials
We aim to design products that can be manufactured with recycled input materials, when feasible.
- Moen — In 2020, Moen began using plastic recovered from discarded fishing nets and ropes as an installation tool component for one of its highest volume products, the posi-temp valve. Products are being designed to use even more ocean plastic and help to make progress toward one of our Mission Moen commitments: to reclaim and reuse
2,000 tons of our ocean plastic by 2030.
- Fiberon — Fiberon PE composite decking and cladding is certified for containing a minimum 94% mixed recycled wood fiber and plastic content.
Fortune Brands has set clear chemical labeling, handling and process policies. For example, when a new product is introduced to a manufacturing site at any of our businesses, we review all materials needed to successfully and safely manufacture it. For more information, please see our SASB grid.
We take our role in ensuring compliance of wood sourcing seriously. Fortune Brands adheres to the standards of the Lacey Act, which prohibits importing, purchasing or acquiring products made from illegally logged woods. In addition, our cabinets business follows guidance from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which aims to ensure that international trade in plants is legal, sustainable and traceable. Learn more.
MasterBrand Cabinets uses right-size carton creation machinery in 17 locations to make just-in-time corrugated cardboard packaging for its finished cabinets. The customized cartons reduce waste, provide better-fitting packages to protect cabinets during shipping, reduce material handling and provide the business with flexibility to add or make cabinet model changes without corrugate material obsolescence.
We partner with suppliers who adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct.
Take Back Programs
Our Master Lock business works through retailers and take-back organizations to follow Extender Producer Responsibility regulations that require electrical and electronic equipment and batteries to be recycled at end-of-life. Both MasterBrand Cabinets and the Global Plumbing Group handle returns and have programs in place to resell, recycle or reuse parts to keep those out of waste streams.