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Everyday actions are important in a circular economy

Washington Mills

Culture-building for sustainability and the circular economy

- Cultivating a culture of local collaboration is part of Washington Mills' long-term efforts towards sustainability and the circular economy. These are terms that can seem vague, but we need to make them tangible by sharing stories of concrete actions, says Ole Johan Svorkdal, CEO of Washington Mills.

He provides two specific examples that he refers to as everyday actions for sustainability, demonstrating how the BIVIS marketplace can function:

- By changing our production methods, we reduced our need for wheel loaders. One of our employees learned that a neighboring company in the Thamsklyngen cluster, Drugli Maskin in Løkken Verk, needed an extra wheel loader. With a simple phone call, the wheel loader found a new owner instead of sitting idle and taking up space at our facility!

- As we are demolishing parts of an old furnace hall and simultaneously constructing a new factory building, initially, we were taking the demolition waste to a landfill. However, when Mardahl Maskin established a reuse company for building materials at Grønøra, we joined forces in a project to repurpose this waste. The collaboration has resulted in a recycled product that serves as backfill material for our new factory!

- These are what I call everyday actions and concrete examples of the much-discussed circular economy that forms the basis for the green transition. They contribute to building a culture of reuse, which also applies to more long-term product development for a more sustainable growth in the industry, says Svorkdal.


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