For Fortune Brands, our responsible approach to business means finding a way to balance our commitment to environmental stewardship with delivering exceptional products. Reducing waste streams is better for the environment, and can also help us save money.
Our teams have found lots of ways to recycle or re-use wood, plastics and metals. Some examples are listed below.
Finding New Uses for Fiberglass
In the past, fiberglass scrap from manufacturing our Therma-Tru doors was sent to landfills. Starting in 2013, the EH&S teams identified several opportunities to reuse the materials for a new purpose, including for pallets that make material handling better, and as filler for counter tops. Since then, Therma-Tru associates have expanded their recycling efforts. In 2018 alone, the Indiana plant saved more than $1 million by recycling fiberglass, metals, cardboard, wood scrap pallets, foam insulated cut outs, doors and plastics.
From Scraps to Animal Bedding
MasterBrand Cabinets’ Goshen, Indiana, facility sits within a largely agricultural area, leading to a unique opportunity to reuse wood scrap from the cabinet manufacturing process. The wood waste is now repurposed to make animal bedding, as well as boiler fuel and landscape mulch, instead of being sent to a landfill. Likewise, the Therma-Tru EH&S team found a new use for the portion of the door that is cut out during manufacturing to make an opening for decorative glass. These scraps are now reused as insulation for barns and animal shelters.
Recycling Metals & Plastics
During the manufacture of our safety products, small plastic and metal scraps are generated. Master Lock has successfully implemented recycling programs to keep these pieces out of landfills. On an annual basis, Master Lock recycles about 14 tons of polyethylene and about 6,500 tons of metal.
Moen’s Design Reliability Labs in North Olmsted, Ohio, emphasize recycling. The labs recycle approximately 20 tons of mixed metals from faucets and plumbing systems annually.
In addition, Mission Moen, a commitment to save 1 trillion gallons of water by 2030, has added a new target related to plastics: reclaim and reuse 2,000 tons of our ocean’s plastic. Moen has begun using plastic recovered from our ocean’s garbage patches as a packaging/installation component. New products are being designed to use even more.
Fiberon Composite Products Made of 94%+ Recycled Materials
On top of the materials we recycle or re-use in our manufacturing processes, Fiberon composite deck boards are made from at least 94% recycled inputs. While Fiberon is making a big impact by using recycled materials, the teams also work to keep the Fiberon manufacturing footprint small by reusing 98.5% of the waste from our Fiberon manufacturing process. For more of Fiberon’s sustainability story, visit Fiberon Balance.
For the U.S., we track how much waste we send to landfill and divert through recycling, in addition to tracking hazardous waste and waste intensity. This data can be found in our 2020 ESG Report. With the help of our new, more robust EH&S management system, we intend to expand our environmental data collection to include our global operations.