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 save water, save energy and reduce waste.
The Global Plumbing Group (GPG) is integrating water conservation into product design, paying special attention to their “Save, but don’t sacrifice” design pillar. GPG is designing to conserve water while creating a great water experience. Mission Moen is a commitment to creating innovative water-saving products with a goal of allowing end-users to save up to 1 trillion gallons of water by 2030. Exciting new products, like U by Moen smart faucets and smart showers, Nebbia by Moen, and the Flo by Moen water management system, are paving the way for more sustainable ways to use water.
Not only does Therma-Tru design energy-efficient fiberglass doors, it designs and manufactures entire door systems, resulting in superior air and water tightness, which helps conserve energy for the consumer. More than 85% of Therma-Tru doors meet Energy Star criteria and are eligible for Energy Star certification.
Fiberon’s composite decking, which is made from primarily recycled wood and plastic, is highly durable and very easy to upkeep, both of which are distinguishing factors designed to set apart our 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.
- Fiberon composite decking and cladding is made almost entirely from recycled plastics and recycled wood. These products are third-party certified for a minimum 94% post-consumer recycled wood fiber and plastic content. The result: beautiful deck boards that look like wood, help save trees and reduce plastic waste, and are low-maintenance, unlike wood decks that require ongoing chemical upkeep and time.
- Mission Moen’s newest commitment is to repurpose 2,000 tons of ocean plastic by 2030. This commitment to repurpose recycled ocean plastic began in 2020 by being used in select Moen faucet docks, an installation component. Today, Moen is designing even more products that incorporate recycled ocean plastic.
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 meets or exceeds 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.