HOME  >  ESG Information  >  Environment  >  Reducing Water Usage, Reducing Waste Output

Reducing Water Usage

Reducing Water Usage

Water Usage Reduction Targets and Results

  Target 2020 result
2029 26% reduction
(2019 usage intensity / unit sales)
Water consumption
  • *Usage intensity per unit sales
  • * The significant reduction in 2019 is attributed to the sale of a Group pharmaceutical company.

Initiatives to Reduce Water Consumption

POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES has improved its water quality management methods for cooling water and reduced water consumption (reducing total plant water consumption by 18%) through water-saving (changing equipment, etc.) in each department at its plants.
As of 2020, Jurlique International has reduced its water consumption by over 25% in comparison with 2015 levels by installing an underground rainwater tank at its factory and using rainwater to flush toilets, and for other purposes. In addition, the Jurlique farm does not purchase water because it makes best use of rainwater.

Reducing Waste Output

Reducing Waste Output

Targets and Results in Reducing Waste Output

  Target 2020 result
2029 26% reduction
(2015 output intensity / unit sales)
  • *Usage intensity per unit sales

Initiatives to Reduce Waste Output

The POLA ORBIS Group is working to reduce waste, with POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, the main producer in the Group, working to recover resources from all production waste products, achieving zero emissions in 2003. Additionally, they continue to work on creating value from and reducing the amount of industrial waste. The waste generated at factories is turned into a resource, being used for greening within the company.

Changes in Waste and Value Percentage (Fukuroi Factory)

Reducing Customers' Trash

POLA has been creating refillable containers, including the first refillable containers for high-end cosmetics, since 1985, working to reduce waste on the customer's end. Additionally, ORBIS has responded to the environment from early on by selling cosmetic refills since 1987 and by adopting simpler packaging with plastic bags since 1990. In 2018, ORBIS investigated the seven varieties of delivery boxes and looked into reducing packing material, resulting in a reduction of about 100 t of resources per year in terms of weight.

Jurlique: Container Collection

At Jurlique International, used cosmetics containers are collected at Australian stores. Through a partnership with Terracycle, the entire packaging can be recycled, even for parts that are typically difficult to recycle, including pumps and tubes. Additionally, we are also working to improve customers' environmental awareness by offering a 10% discount for customers who bring in empty containers. 110,000 containers, or 24t, were collected over four months from September 2018.
Jurlique has received high marks for its sustainable efforts for the environment, including awards given by the Australian government-run Australian Packaging Covenant for four years in a row.

Initiatives to Reduce Plastic Waste

We believe that plastics have a significant impact on climate change due to the large volume of CO2 emissions released during their disposal. The POLA ORBIS Group began selling refillable containers for the first time as a luxury cosmetics line in 1985. Around 80% of POLA products are still purchased as refills today. ORBIS has also made the change from plastic packaging to paper containers. As of 2020, POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES has been engaged in joint R&D of plant-derived biodegradable plastics in association with Hitachi Zosen Corporation.

ESG Information
Corporate Report2020