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Annual Report 2015 CEO statement Strategic priorities Performance Snapshots Our approach GRI & UNGC

2. Make better use of resources

With our innovative approach, we are increasing our use of recycled materials and reducing our environmental impact.

The promise

Electrolux will make better use of resources by using more recycled materials, helping to build the market for recycling.

The roadmap to 2020

  • Replace virgin materials with recycled materials in existing designs.
  • Adapt product design to further increase the use of recycled material.
  • Set a target for the volume of recycled plastics used in Electrolux products.

The case for action

As the global middle class more than doubles in size by 2030, the demand for goods and services will rise – and our use of material resources will rise along with it. For Electrolux, this means we can expect the prices of materials such as steel, plastic and electronic components to become more volatile.

This is another area where sustainability and the Group’s cost-efficiency objectives go hand in hand. One of our most important materials is plastic, which is fundamental for the design of affordable, durable appliances. In 2015, the amount of recycled plastic increased by 68%.  

The CO2 emissions resulting from production of the plastic we use are equivalent to the emissions from our operations and transport activities combined. That means we can make a significant contribution to reducing resource use and tackling climate change by increasing the amount of safe, high quality recycled plastic in our products.

Progress on this promise