In these times of climate marches and protests, the call for ecologically responsible and sustainable business is growing louder and louder. The impact of companies on the environment and their surroundings is part of this discussion. Companies not only need to offer an economic advantage, they must also do whatever it takes to limit all possible forms of nuisance.
Although this is a hot item at the moment, companies have been taking a considerate number of measures throughout the years by own account and by Government decrees. This applies to Mulder Breakfast Cereals too. Through continuous research, investments and self-improvement, we are committed to reducing our ecological footprint and the impact on our immediate environment. How do we do this, you ask?
In Mulder's production unit in Roeselare, we minimise the inevitable odours and noises released during the production process. And even though the smell of freshly baked breakfast cereals is perceived as pleasant by many, Mulder has decided to work with dispersion fans. The air that escapes during production is being blown high into the air by fans on the roof so that dispersion occurs and the odour is spread and diluted to such an extent that the limited group of neighbouring residents experience as little nuisance as possible.
In addition, investments in low noise installations are being made.
With a company in full expansion, extension works are inevitable. This is yet another area where measures were taken to reduce our impact. The hardening of the soil, for example, was compensated by two buffer basins. In case of heavy rain, the water can be stored in there to prevent excess water flowing to the surrounding areas.
The trees that had to give way to the extension were dug up to be replanted at a new location.
In addition to these measures for the immediate environment, efforts are also being made to reduce our ecological footprint. An example is the monitoring and optimising of our energy consumption through heat recovery from air and cooling compressors. Electrical energy is converted into heat and can be used to heat spaces or elsewhere in the production process.
Furthermore, when buying new machines, a lot of attention is paid to their emissions. Cooling installations with ozone-depleting cooling gases or greenhouse gases are avoided.
Selective collection of waste and packaging material ensures maximum recycling. Waste bins in different colours help the employees to easily see where they can deposit plastic, carton or food waste.
Additionally, there are numerous ongoing initiatives to reduce the water consumption required for cleaning the production lines. Of course, without jeopardising food safety. Did you know that Mulder Breakfast Cereals does not discharge industrial waste water, it is processed externally.
Here at Mulder, we are committed to our surroundings, the environment and sustainability. After all, we want to evolve in today's society, not only as an economic stronghold in the region, but also as a company with respect for people and nature. This is of course an everlasting process that requires a certain amount of effort and investments, but it is a challenge we happily accept.