LPAG Mexico S.A. de C.V. – Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

With an environmental policy already built into the core business standards of Leggett & Platt’s Automotive Group (LPAG) in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, it was only natural for the facility to begin implementing Leggett & Platt’s environmental sustainability program: the Eco Initiative. As LPAG worked to become the first Mexican branch to successfully register with the program, they identified several ways to improve upon their existing environmental program.

One aspect of the Eco Initiative program requires branches to analyze environmental impacts throughout the plant, including areas of production, the office, and warehouse. Then, the facility must target significant impacts and develop goals to achieve and maintain more sustainable alternatives. Thanks to a committed team and management support, LPAG has implemented significant waste reduction activities to drastically lessen their carbon footprint.

So far, branch achievements include reducing annual energy consumption by 24% and increasing recycling efforts for cardboard, plastic, urethane, and wood by 108%, 455%, 192%, and 89%, respectively, in one year’s time. Machines have been fitted with basins to collect used oil for reuse and recycling. The facility has also designed a machine that will potentially reduce hazardous waste generation and disposal by up to 50%. The machine is currently in the building stages, and upon completion, will allow LPAG’s hazardous waste generator status to shift from large to small.

LPAG also recognizes the importance of education in fostering green habits. The facility provides annual training to its employees regarding branch objectives and green goals, and meets monthly to discuss ways to improve on waste reduction. Additionally, the facility participates in community outreach by hosting annual educational seminars to discuss good environmental practices and tips that are open to the public.

Though green practices have long been established at LPAG, the Eco Initiative program has allowed the facility to recognize even more opportunities to go green. Other Mexican facilities have also followed suit and will begin implementing the program in 2014. For more information on the Eco Initiative program, contact Theresa Block at extension 2574.

The Eco Initiative team set the following goals for 2014:

  • Reduce disposal of hazardous wastewater containing metalnox by 50%.
    • This will be achieved by implementing a wastewater evaporator instead of hauling wastewater offsite as hazardous waste.
  • Reduce the use of cardboard boxes and wooden pallets by implementing returnable shipping containers and returnable plastic pallets.
  • Reduce the amount of scrap generated from Atom and Clicker machines by 30%.
    • Additionally, begin recycling plastic scrap through the vendor, who will turn scrap into new plastic to be used in the process instead of generic plastic recycling.

The facility invited employee family members and members of the community to attend recycling/Eco Initiative training during the facilities week-long EH&S training week. They also did a similar training/information session with their suppliers to help engage ideas and seek input on project ideas.