Good practices and investments related to Cleaner Production
Example No. 72
Boomerang Bags initiative in the enterprise
FOGO Sp. z o.o., Wilkowice
Industry branch: electromechanical
Main products: electric power generators
Resources in question:
The Boomerang Bags initiative is a movement created in Australia in 2013. Its main idea is to reduce the amount of plastic bags in circulation by setting up reusable bag exchange points at retail outlets.
The idea was brought to FOGO's attention by observing the behavior of employees, who sometimes, when going on unplanned shopping, did not have reusable bags with them, which resulted in the use of disposable bags taken from stores, which of course quickly became waste. To reduce this problem and to educate employees about the environment, it was decided to allow the staff to easily use the reusable bags provided to them.
The bag rack was made in-house, mostly from recycled materials: wood (damaged pallet), hangers (cans).
Obtained benefits and effects of the implementation:
- The good practice of providing Boomerang Bags is primarily educational – it draws attention to the use of items (packaging) many times.
- Ecological aspect: the practice influences resource preservation and reduces waste generation, and indirectly also reduces energy consumption and air emissions, among other things.
- Report on the Cleaner Production Project No. 48.768, developed within the framework of the Cleaner Production Academy: “Modernization of technology and management in FOGO within the framework of implementation of the Cleaner Production Program”