For ROMEX®, sustainability means taking responsibility.
We are aware that there is only one planet Earth. That's why we are working hard to create a completely sustainable solution for our packaging. Due to product specifications and durability reasons, we rely on light and oxygen impermeable packaging - but today we use 97% recyclable HDPE material.
But our aspirations continue: We are continuously scouting for innovative possibilities worldwide so that we can do without plastic in the not too distant future.
As a member of the VCI (Verband der Chemischen Industrie e. V.), ROMEX® proactively participates in Responsible Care, an initiative of the chemical industry with the objective of continuously improving its products in the areas of environment, safety and health, independent of legal requirements. With Responsible Care, we want to contribute to solving global climate problems in the areas that fall within our sphere of responsibility and influence.
It is therefore all the more a great pleasure and honor for us to have received the special award for medium-sized companies in the Responsible Care competition 2021 "Our contribution to climate protection" with the project pavement jointing mortar made from environmentally friendly raw materials and recycled packaging.
The core of the project was to develop our 1K paving grout with a new binder based on renewable raw materials. In addition, the main ingredient sand was replaced by recycled products. The previous packaging was replaced by recycled plastics from household or commercial waste (PCR), and the energy required for production is generated using solar power. With this project, we were able to demonstrate how a medium-sized company from the construction chemicals sector can take a holistic view of sustainability and implement it in an exemplary manner.
Our particularly sustainable products ROMPOX® - Easy ecofine and FUGLI® Pflasterfugenmörtel Eco emerged from the project, which ran for about two years.
The ROMEX® 2020 target is to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 25%. The first step to achieve this has been the complete renovation of our production facility at the Meckenheim location. Furthermore a new photovoltaic system has been added to the top of the administration building. In order to gradually decrease CO2 emissions even further, great efforts are being made to implement further measures. These include the purchase of certified green energy, switch to e-mobility, railcards for sales personnel and employees as well as the reduction of car and air travel.
Overall ROMEX® wants to keep it’s environmental impact as low as possible. That is why ROMEX® intends to use only local raw materials and methods of production for new products, in order keep transport emissions down. But also with our proven products from the current range we aim to switch to use of regional raw materials as well. In order to do this, we accept that our long-established range of colours may slightly change.
Furthermore, ROMEX® will make its contribution to drastically improving health protection by consistently avoiding solvents. This means continually optimising the formulas of our products. As of today, almost all of ROMEX® products are solvent free.
Because ROMEX® cannot completely do without plastic packaging due to the nature of the product, we are intensively concerned with sustainable packaging solutions. Because packaging legislation only prescribes taking back packaging, we decided to first ensure that ROMEX® packaging is recycled in an environmentally friendly manner. Thanks to the cooperation with the environmental service provider Interseroh, our packaging is largely preserved in the recycling cycle through high-quality recycling.
But we go one step further. As soon as our packaging stocks for the respective product groups expire, we will gradually switch to packaging made from recycled plastic.
As a former partner of the BMWi "BioPlastik Cooperation Network", ROMEX® currently refrains from using bio plastic as ecological, biodegradable packaging. According to the current state of development, according to the Federal Environment Agency, this is far from being more ecological than conventional plastic packaging. Because on the one hand oil is used to produce plant based raw materials, on the other hand soils are mostly over-fertilized and contaminated with pesticides. The subsequent production of bioplastics consumes a great deal of energy.