Collaborative Circular Economy: Key to progress

At Erum we have a vast experience in plastic injection under criteria of sustainability and efficiency. Thanks to all our experience and learning, we have learnt how to obtain the maximum performance from this material, taking advantage of all its qualities and reducing to a minimum the waste generated.

The company’s progress towards circularity and sustainability has been due to our constant evolution and adaptation to social and environmental needs, always counting on strategic partners who have accompanied us towards this Circular Economy model.

Economía Circular Colaborativa

Keys to the collaborative circular economy

  1. Constant evolution and innovation.
  2. Collaboration with strategic partners.
  3. Establishment of reuse and recirculation policies.
  4. Reduction of CO2 emissions.
  5. Use of materials of post-consumer origin.
  6. Commitment to Zero Waste policies.
  7. Elimination of the use of restricted or hazardous substances for human health and the environment.

From lineal to circular model

With the Industrial Revolution, an economic model was established based on the extraction of raw materials, production, consumption and disposal of products, in other words, a Linear Economic Model. For many years it worked and boosted the country’s economy, but nowadays it has become unsustainable, especially if we think about safeguarding the survival of our planet.

As a result of the major problems that have emerged as a consequence of the previous model, people have started to raise awareness and look for other economic models, leading to the emergence of the Circular Economy.

According to The Circularity GAP Report 2022, a global measure of the Circular Economy that provides a comprehensive view of the economic systems analysed, only 8.6% of all waste was recycled in 2020, leaving a circularity gap of more than 90%.

The report also shows that in 2019, our society exceeded the limits of extraction and processing, consuming 100,000 tonnes of resources and generating the loss of 90% of biodiversity, according to Global Resources Outlook 2019.

Spain is progressing towards a more sustainable model through policies such as the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy “Spain Circular 2030” and its Action Plan 2021-2023, which establishes guidelines to promote a new model of sustainable production and consumption.

At Erum, this model and mindset change has long been practised, thanks to our desire to be visionary and look to the future, to be mindful of future generations, of the legacy we want to leave them both personally and environmentally, and of the impacts we have on the environment due to our activity.

Moreover, all this would not be possible without the right team of designers, engineers, environmental and operational recovery technicians, among others, who study, develop, implement and execute all those processes based on Circular Thinking.

Thanks to this type of business development, the idea of implementing a worldwide hanger classification system, the Return To Source System (RTS), was born.

Erum collects the hangers used by its customers and separates them into two streams: hangers for reuse (those that still meet the company’s standards) and hangers for recycling (those that can no longer fulfil their functions and are shredded to obtain raw material).

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Collaborative circular economy: A new business challenge

At Erum we have developed a clear example of Collaborative Circular Economy, through the implementation of the RTS System together with the eco-design of the hangers. Our goal is to ensure that our products have a longer life cycle and that the company always has raw materials available for their production.

At Erum, our philosophy is based on the 7Rs: Redesign – Recover – Reuse – Repair – Recycle – Reduce – Rethink, which is necessary for the protection of our planet.

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Women in industry: Challenges and progress

According to the National Institute of Statistics, in recent decades there has been a significant increase in the number of women in the labour market, which indicates that we are on the right path and that we are continuing to progress as a society. Although at the moment, the statistics are not entirely balanced, there are several social and cultural factors that intervene.

Here at Erum Group, we are clear about this. Our commitment as a company is to offer the same opportunities to all people, regardless of their sex, religion or sexual orientation. That is why we continue to work hard every day in our company to achieve equality in all senses, as you can see in other articles on our blog related to women in the industry.

That is why we are always looking for people who add value to our projects, whether they are women or men, with international attitudes and concerns and a desire to improve professionally. After all, our team is what has made us a reference in the plastics industry.

LA MUJER EN LA INDUSTRIA RETOS Y AVANCES

The challenges women are facing in the labour market

There is still a gender gap in technological and scientific careers. The number of men choosing technological studies in Spain is five times higher than that of women, and this gap continues to grow, as stated in the report “Women in the digital economy in Spain 2018”, by the association DigitalES.

Technical careers have a greater male presence, although this is changing in recent years and we expect to see more and more female representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, due to the increase of female references in these fields that allow girls to see themselves reflected in these types of positions from childhood. 

In addition, we also know that there is a very large wage gap in employment, with a wage difference of up to 30%. As a leading company in the plastics industry, we are breaking down these barriers and have managed to make our company inclusive and equal for all the people who form part of it.

From our position as active agents in society, we are aware of the importance of our actions and the social change they can have, being at all times engaged in the promotion of equal opportunities and the commitment to a cohesive and qualified team.

Sello de igualdad

Equality label: A challenge for the industrial sector

Getting this recognition from the Association of Businesswomen of the Province of Alicante is more than a compliment, it is a well-deserved award for our deepest commitment, for being true to our values and for achieving a fairer and more inclusive society.

 

At Erum Group we have encouraged, and will continue to encourage, the professional development and growth of many women who, just like men, prove every day that they are highly deserving of their position in the workplace.

 

Our equality plan, work-life balance policies and continuous training guarantee that these guidelines will be implemented in our Group, creating multidisciplinary teams of both sexes where values and opportunities are equal for all.

Reverse logistics: closing the green circle

Our working methods are more than just mere procedures written down on paper. The different innovations incorporated year after year allow us to develop an economic activity in line with the environment. In the following article you will discover how Erum Group has achieved, with a lot of effort and tenacity, that the objective of its day to day work is to take care of our planet.

LOGÍSTICA INVERSA CERRANDO EL CÍRCULO GREEN

What is reverse logistics?

The transformation towards sustainability would not make sense if it were only us who were part of this great project. The best thing about our pioneering RTS (Return To Source) programme is that it is a global project that has revolutionised the way we understand the manufacture and management of plastics through SUSTAINABILITY in capital letters.

Reverse logistics plays a key role in this circular economy. Our logistics centres offer new, repaired and/or recovered products to our customers. Once they have been used, in other words, their useful life has ended, we collect them so that they can re-enter the production chain.

How do we work with reserve logistics?

Having sorting centres in different parts of the world such as China, India, Turkey, Poland, Indonesia, Morocco, USA, among others, allows us to collect and reclassify 100% of the Postindustrial and Postconsumer material such as hangers, boxes, fabric offcuts, etc.

Thanks to the distribution of Erum’s philosophy throughout the world, together with our reverse logistics approach, we close the circle by depositing this material in our centres for its subsequent classification and reconditioning, either through recycling or repair.

By recovering this material for industry and then consuming it through recycling, we are able to keep it within the circle, thereby proving that our “7 R’s” methodology really works.

CÓMO TRABAJAMOS CON LOGÍSITICA INVERSA

Circular economy and reverse logistics

This way of understanding logistics would not be possible if we did not combine our economic and human efforts in ECO SMART R&D&I, also known as ECODESIGN.

We work together with technological institutes to set up projects that achieve products that can enter into the circular economy and therefore reach our goal of ZERO WASTE.

Working with eco-sustainably designed products facilitates the management of their reuse, making products part of the circular economy from the moment they are created.

Reasons to invest in reverse logistics

Having a clear vision of where we are and where we want to go has always been one of the values that has allowed us to achieve environmental care with our business activity. Working with companies such as Inditex on the Green To Pack project, among other projects, makes our daily work a clear commitment to a future without waste.

Through Ecodesign, Industrial Ecology, Circular Economy and Reverse Logistics, we manage to recycle and remanufacture countless products that other companies consider unusable.

Thinking about durability through reuse is a clear commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and the enormous environmental impact this waste has on our planet.

The role of business in society is crucial and it is essential to raise awareness.

It is essential that companies are aware of the essential role that our productive activity plays in society and how, through sustainability and the promotion of the circular economy, we can significantly reduce the negative effects resulting from production, ensuring a future for generations to come.

Grupo Erum obtiene el sello internacional MORE en materia de economía circular.

Erum has obtained the MORE seal, a European distinction that certifies our commitment to the circular economy through the introduction of recycled plastic materials in our production processes. The Spanish plastics industry is innovative and has demonstrated an enormous capacity for adaptation over the years. The development of seals and certifications such as this allow control and establish standards in the productive activity, promoting continuous improvement and playing, in many cases, a fundamental role in achieving the objectives of sustainable development. Our thanks to ANAIP, as the coordinating entity of the seal in Spain, for its great work in promoting the use of recycled plastic in companies in the sector.

 
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“Return to source” A project that unites us to the world

Everyone should have expectations, projects and, of course, hopes, especially if they can do their bit to make the world and society a better place. Why not turn these desires into real actions in our daily lives? Overcoming adversities, challenges and rethinking what has been established is what has united the team at Erum to become trendsetters in environmental projects as innovative as ERUM RTS.

At Erum we know for sure that moving towards the future with the objective of caring for our planet means humanising our company and making it a part of these dreams that unite all of us who form part of this great family. 

Our daily work contributes to preventing the generation of plastic waste and other materials, thus helping to make this world, our world, the best gift we can leave to our children.

If you read on, you will learn how we have channelled our energy and strength into making this project a reality, turning Erum Group into a fundamental agent of the social change that is taking place. We work hard every day to carry out our activity in a more sustainable and environmentally responsible way, and we transmit this effort to all the stakeholders with whom we interact: customers, suppliers, public administrations and, of course, society in general. 

¿What is “Return to source”?

Return To Source is not just another project, it is the project that represents the new economy that this society needs, a circular economy, an economy that optimises the use of resources much better. This is an innovative project that consists of reusing and recycling hangers and other plastic, metal and cardboard materials so that they can be reused, thereby generating the circular economy of plastic materials.

 

Since we started in 2019 and coinciding with the opening of our new facilities in Europe, Asia and America, we have managed to introduce more than 90% of recycled material to create new products mainly for the textile sector.

QUÉ CONSEGUIMOS CON EL PROYECTO RTS

What do we achieve with the RTS project?

This paradigmatic recycling process is part of our deepest hope that our work will contribute to the fact that plastic will continue to be a fundamental material for sectors such as health, safety, automotive, food, electronics, etc. and that we can have a more sustainable future without waste.  

With this project we manage to give a twist to this material, so essential in our lives, as well as usable, as long as we want to get the most out of it, thus contributing to environmental care.

Phases of the RTD project

This project, which has a long history, has three clearly defined stages that ensure that we never lose track of where we are and where we want to go. These stages make Erum Group a leader in the pursuit of sustainable thermoplastic injection moulding. What are these phases?

1. Collection

Thanks to our customers and their collaboration with this project, we collect from their distribution centres 100% of the thermoplastic material and other types of material that has already been used, such as pallets, markers, cardboard, films, packaging and transport elements, among others.

2. Classification

Through sorting in our innovative sorting centres, we reuse and/or repair all this material, which we have previously collected from our customers. The most representative example is the case of hangers, in which we separate those that are suitable, on one hand, by sending them back to the garment manufacturers, and we proceed to recycle those that are damaged and cannot fulfil the function for which they were manufactured.

3. Recycling/Processing

 

Those hangers that have been separated and cannot be reused due to their poor condition are recycled. This is how we manage to recover the plastic material and generate other products suitable for use in household goods, cosmetics, the automotive sector and other industries.

By following these three phases, we close the circle of plastic consumption by obtaining a certificate with the origins, qualities and useful life of this wise material that is capable of complying with the strictest traceability standards and contributing to the care of the environment.

Now we only need you. To join this project in your daily life, to know that the principles on which the RTS project is based (respect for the environment and care for products to extend their useful life) can also be applied at home, extending the useful life of the products you use on a daily basis.  RTS does not only mean Return To Source, it also means Rethinking and Transforming Sustainability, which is what we do every day at Erum. 

If companies and individuals put all our hopes in achieving a better world to live in, do you think we can’t achieve it? WE CERTAINLY CAN!

Turn our “PROJECT” into your “PROJECT”

European Road Safety Charter and Erum Vial allied to save lives on the road

The European Road Safety Charter, the largest civil society platform on road safety, administered by the European Commission, has recognized Erum Vial as a member of the entity. This new alliance will allow the division of our group to expand the boundaries of its projects, providing improvements always focused on reducing accidents with its main objective: 0 victims on the roads. The support and promotion by the European Commission of road safety represents a great advance for society, facilitating the acquisition of products such as the PF Led One V16 beacon that represent an improvement for the safety of drivers and passengers. You can read the full news here.

Erum with the local sport

One more year we continue alongside this team of fighters, Sporting Hoquei Alcoi. The other day we had the honor of enjoying your visit at our Alcoy facilities. Characterized by their effort and perseverance, they represent us wherever they go with their familiarity, teamwork, curiosity for new challenges and ingenuity, seeking at all times to advance and achieve progress. It is a pride to be able to be part of the Sporting Hoquei Alcoi family and support them in their struggle to fulfill their dreams and face new challenges.

“Sustainability can be profitable”, Daniel Lois, Director of Sustainability at Erum Group.

The Director of Sustainability of Erum Group, gives an interview to Corresponsables, after his intervention in the conference “Next Generation EU Funds, drivers of CSR, sustainability and the SDGs”.

Erum and its commitment to the environment

At Erum we rethink what surrounds us, we consider it essential to take into account the social environment in which we operate and with which we interact. For this reason, each year, we are delighted to be able to participate in other projects that have solidarity, improvement and which we can support by contributing our grain of sand: Novaterra Foundation, Payasosospital, Sporting Hoquei Alcoy Lidya Sempere, Cruz Roja, Caritas and Adecco.

We´RE harmony

At Erum we believe in the importance of bringing harmony to society. The activities of large companies, such as our group, have a great social impact that must be controlled and channeled towards a direct benefit, contributing to the sustainability of the environment. This allows us to collaborate in the improvement of well-being in all the countries where we operate, through social and environmental policies, leaving a better legacy for future generations.