Environmental commitment has been at the forefront of RDM policies from the start. Our industrial processes rely on recycling where we optimize the resources continuously.
Sourcing is all natural: We source a small quantity of our raw material forests which are well managed. The waste paper is selected carefully providing the best quality for our cartonboards. For example, at La Rochette its mechanical pulp is produced from wood chips, which are a by-product of local saw mills.
Core activity is 100% sustainable: We transform natural resources for economic use in a continuous cycle: virgin fibers contribute to start of this environmentally friendly process and the recycled fibers are re-used many times. All fibers are 100% recyclable and we offer a 100% mono component product to our customers, especially when it comes to barrier board (Compared to a plastic packaging solution).
Energy savings is our daily goal: We focus on energy management to achieve the best practices in the industry; the steam is produced thanks to forest by-products and the electricity comes from hydropower and waterfalls.
Water is managed and offered back to environment: Cartonboard mills require a great volume of water to create the best cartonboard. We have drastically reduced the water consumption in the last decade, by more than threefold.
Innovation in technology as the key performance: Continuous improvement led us to work on highly technological solutions; as an example the ultra filtration for the treatment of effluents containing the coating at Blendecques.
Logistics is a key-value: A source from the nearest area around our mills (100-200 km) and we deliver at the nearest customer’s converting site.
Recognition is our motivation: FSC® or PEFC and even the very famous climate declaration, based on CO2, as EPD (Environmental Products Declarations) is our claim to demonstrate how efficient we are in this field. The overall goal of the EPD system, is to give a fair comparison of products and services. Several types of gas should be taken into consideration such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. The emissions of the production cycle concern for example the acquisition of raw material, refinement, production, recycling, waste handling and transportation. EPDs are based on principles inherent to ISO 14025 giving them a wide-spread international acceptance.
Apart from this, our main mill certifications are ISO 9001, 14001, EMAS or OSHAS.