Sustainability and the circular economy. Benefits for business, nature, humans and the planet.

The head of the Ergolain furniture factory, Povilas Grakauskas, shares some of the ideas that the Ergolain company is currently developing concerning sustainability and the circular economy.

‘Sometimes spinning in a circle is more beneficial than moving forwards alone without looking back or sideways. It is on this principle of the rotation that the circular economy is based,’ Says P.Grakauskas. The module of linear economy is based on ‘take, produce, throw away’. Circular economy, on the other hand, invites to ‘sustainably design, repair, use, reuse, recycle or pass on’. Many companies operating in the Šauliai region have already implemented several circular economy principles. Even a few separate elements  and small changes have defined their projects and activities as friendly to the environment.

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Circular economy: raising awareness: it is a long way to perfection.

The circular economy benefits business, nature, human and the planet system as a whole by  saving resources and reducing the amount of greenhouse gases.  For these reasons, more than a year ago, the European commission presented a new action plan for the circular economy implementation empowering citizens to focus on more sustainable product choices  and waste reduction. Meanwhile, companies in the position of responsible business have been moving towards sustainability for several years already.

Ergolain sustainability direction: Greenlain - a successful attempt towards sustainability. Sustainability is pursued at the stage of product design.

The issue of waste generation caused by Ergolain furniture manufacture operating in Šauliai  has been solved in a few ways. According to director of the company Povilas Garkauskas, manufacture mostly generates plastic, cardboard, metal scrap and chemical waste. For this reason, implementing sustainability at the stage of product design has brought positive change to the company’s move towards sustainability.Firstly, we have created a series of products in which certain details, during the production process, are placed on workpieces resulting in a minimum amount of scraps waste. Secondly, the factory reduces waste by using leftover decor panels for upholstered furniture. In addition, the diluent chemical containers are returned to the suppliers to reduce contaminated packaging we use, - says P. Grakauskas.Director of the company also points out that the company only passes the scrap to those waste managers who do not dispose it into the landfill. Such companies prepare scrap for a new panel production. This allows the company to use materials that they have recycled for a new production.