The Pigeon Group promotes the conservation of natural resources and recycling, strives to reduce resource usage and waste production across the entire Group and lessen its burden on the environment, and contributes to the realization of a sustainable circular economy in order to “leave a rich Earth for the future of babies born tomorrow.”
Nursing Bottle Recycling
Among the many baby products available, nursing bottles are often used from the earliest days after a child’s birth, and family members can feel attached to them even after they are no longer needed. We are pursuing companywide resources recycling products to allow us to accept cherished nursing bottles that have served their purpose from our customers and reuse these resources by remaking them into new forms. We are also continually working to reduce plastic waste.
“Go Green with Pigeon” Project in Singapore
PIGEON SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. began recycling used nursing bottles in 2019, and soon launched a full project with the goal of recovering 50,000 bottles by 2030. By the end of 2021, over the three years since the project began, 35,702 used nursing bottles had been recovered and reused as new products.
Recycling Initiatives in China
In China, too, we have launched a project to collect used nursing bottles from customers and reuse them. Used nursing bottles are remade into food trays, for use by older children, that are given to customers as gifts.
Preparations for resource conservation and recycling efforts are currently underway in Japan and sales countries like Indonesia as well. We intend to expand these efforts beyond used nursing bottles to recycle other products, containers, and packaging as well.
Reducing Industrial Waste and Promoting Recycling
The Pigeon Group is working to reduce unrecycled industrial waste created by business activities. In our seventh Medium-Term Management Plan, we set the goal of reducing unrecycled industrial waste per sales unit by 1% annually. Our manufacturing subsidiaries have strived to reduce raw material waste by improving productivity and yield and are now working to minimize wasted resources during the manufacturing phase through repeated revisions and improvements of product package design. We have also reviewed our disposal partners and switched our disposal contracts to industrial waste disposal companies that are able to recycle more of the industrial waste that was not previously recycled.
Note: Data collection scope: Pigeon Corporation and consolidated subsidiaries (national and international)
1. Due to a change of closing month, sales and industrial waste volume at Japanese centers for the fiscal year ending December 2019 are the actual figures for the 11 months from February to December in 2019. From the fiscal year ending in December 2021, new revenue recognition standards were applied, so the sales figures for the fiscal years ending January 2019, December 2019, and December 2020 were provisionally calculated based on the new revenue recognition standards, and the basic unit for industrial waste recalculated accordingly.
2. Recycling includes reuse and thermal recycling.
Water Resource Conservation
We are working to reduce the amount of water we use by reusing wastewater and making more effective use of less water in manufacturing.
Response to Risks in Water-Stressed Regions
We recognize that our Indian business operates in a water-stressed region. As a region, India faces high water risks, but our Indian plant, which began operation in 2015, primarily manufactures nursing bottles and silicon nipples rather than skincare products or other items that use water resources as raw materials. As a result, its actual water usage is relatively low compared to our other manufacturing plants. No water risks with a potential impact on our business operations or the environment are currently apparent, but we will continue monitoring the situation on the ground and our water usage and analyzing water risks.