Company beats the competition to rake in prestigious award for its environmental practices.
Belgotex Floors recently won top honours in the prestigious 2015 Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards programme, announced at the World Wildlife Fund’s headquarters in Braamfontein.
The Awards, now in their second year, were instituted by the retail giant’s American holding company Walmart to recognise and reward its suppliers’ environmental initiatives and commitment to sustainable supply chain management.
Entries were judged against 35 environmental indicators developed in 2011 following Massmart’s self-assessment surveys that enabled the company to begin profiling the environmental practices of over 1 000 suppliers since 2009.
Belgotex Floors, who manufacture carpets and artificial lawn at their 100 000m² Pietermaritzburg factory, were announced as the winner for their ongoing commitment to environmental best practice. The company continually adopts new ecologically and economically sustainable production practices and recently achieved the internationally respected GreenTag “Level A” certification for several ranges that earn maximum credits for green building ratings.
Some of the environmental initiatives implemented by them include the installation of 1.2ha (12 000m²) of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on their factory roof in 2013, a Total Water Management System and Rainwater Harvesting Initiative, as well as several recycling programmes and product development initiatives designed for resource optimisation and waste reduction.
All Belgotex Floors products are made from solution-dyed yarns and fibres in a dry-manufacturing process that uses less water and energy and fewer chemicals. A Green underlay is also available made from waste fibre and yarn while their Erema recycling machine enables them to produce their own eco-fibre using recycled production waste instead of virgin polymers.
“We are delighted to win this award and challenge the flooring industry to shift traditional operating paradigms to new eco-innovative, sustainable ones,” says Kevin Walsh, Chief Operations Officer at Belgotex Floors.