Looking after the world around us is something that we take very seriously both as a brand and as a part of the wider ITW Global organisation.

Every day we work hard towards making long-lasting changes to our business practices to ensure we do all we can to protect our environment for future generations.

Here are just some of the areas where we are making continuous improvements to our business and the way in which we work.

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

ITW focus efforts on sourcing more environmentally friendly and sustainable materials for our products. Each year, we increase the volume of recycled materials used in our operations where we can.

We rate and audit our suppliers to evaluate their long-term viability and in turn their ability to support our businesses sustainably going forward.

Approximately 45% of global third-party spending is with suppliers who are near the facilities they serve, reducing our carbon footprint and around 85% of our steel is derived primarily from scrap metal.

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

ITW develop new products and solutions through Customer-Back Innovation. Our customers are often challenged with environmental issues such as how to reduce energy use or emissions.

Working with our customers, we aim to address these challenges through the development of new and existing products and the life cycle and durability of a product is always a key consideration.

KEEPING PASLODE PRODUCTS IN USE FOR LONGER

Paslode products are designed to have a long life cycle, and we are proud of the durability and reliability of our product offerings – we take pride in the fact that our tools are not disposable commodities.

We provide training to users to ensure the products are being used safely and correctly, and to ensure a longer life span of the product.

We are also extremely proud to offer an after-sales repair service, ensuring that all Paslode tools remain in action for longer. This repair service is available for up to 6 years after the product has been discontinued from the range.

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

The majority of Paslode’s cardboard usage is derived from recycled sources.

ITW are investing in resources to identify ways to reduce packaging overall, while still protecting our product throughout the delivery process.

The majority of our Nail FuelPack (NFP) boxes are manufactured from over 50% recycled cardboard and are FSC approved. Our NFP handles are made of 100% recycled material, and we have also removed a black plastic strap from our nail packs, resulting in a 50% plastic reduction per pack.

Our iconic orange tool cases are also 100% recyclable.

CARBON EMISSIONS & EFFICIENCIES

By 2030, ITW aims to reduce GHG emissions by 40% below 2017 levels.

Our strategy to achieve this target includes:

  1. Reducing energy consumption and improving efficiency in our manufacturing and ITW-owned facilities.
  2. Expanding our purchase of energy from renewable sources, including wind and solar, across our global footprint where possible.

We are pleased to have achieved a 37% GHG emissions reduction through 2021, compared with our 2017 baseline year, based on our third-party verified data.

We periodically review our supply networks to optimise distribution and storage patterns, resulting in improved freight routes, less packaging waste and reduced carbon emissions and environmental impact.

The electricity in our main Paslode European nail factory is powered by 100% renewable energy from the windmills around the local area in Denmark. Our nail manufacturing plant in Burgos, Spain is also in the process of replacing the current gas boiler heating system with one powered by biomass energy, fuelled by wood collected during the clearing of forests in the local Castile and Leon regions.


Other ITW Construction Products factories in Europe are investing in sustainable energy sources such as solar panelling.

ENTERING THE DIGITAL AGE

Most of our communications are now carried out digitally, via our social media channels or website, or via email for communications to our dealer network.

If you have opened one of our orange tool cases recently you will notice we no longer supply a physical warranty card – your tool can be registered directly via our website – and our Paslode tool training cards are now available digitally.

We have also cut down on the amount of product literature that we produce, opting for directing our customers towards our web site and social media using QR codes and clickable digital links.

If you would like to know more about ITW’s sustainability policy, click here.