KOWA packaging initiatives
Making our KOWA operations more sustainable
With Komatsu celebrating its global centenary in May 2021, we’ve put more emphasis on our commitment to building a more sustainable and environmentally friendly business.
Komatsu has introduced new packaging initiatives that will significantly reduce the environmental impact of procuring and managing KOWA bottles, and at the same time, provide employment for workers with disabilities.
As a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), our long-term goal is to reduce packaging going to landfill to create a more sustainable future.
Recycling of the yellow KOWA bottles
Our yellow outer plastic bottles used for collecting KOWA oil samples from customers on the East Coast of Australia are now made from 100% recycled plastic. As well, our sample registration card and delivery boxes will be of 100% recycled paper and cardboard.
And that’s not all: our new recycled plastic bottles can be cleaned and re-used up to six times, further reducing the unnecessary use of resources. Once bottles can no longer be re-used, the plastic can be recycled again.
Building our community engagement
We’ve also used this program to enhance our community engagement and CSR (corporate social responsibility) commitments.
To clean our used sample bottles for re-use, we have partnered with the Endeavour Foundation, which supports people with an intellectual disability by providing meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities.
Working towards a more sustainable future
All our earthmoving and mining products are designed to be as sustainable as possible. For example, our technology innovations such as autonomous haulage systems, intelligent Machine Control, Hybrid excavators and SmartConstruction are contributing to more productive and fuel efficient operations around the world.
Initiatives such as our recycled, reusable KOWA bottles are another step on this journey. Not only do we hope that our partnership with the Endeavour Foundation will provide other opportunities with them in future, but also that it encourages other large businesses to engage with them.