Himalaya has received the ISO 14001:2004 certification, the most recognized global standard for excellence in environmental management.
By setting up a water treatment plant and sourcing water with low total dissolved solid (TDS) levels, we have reduced water consumption by as much as 17,000 liters a day.
The energy-efficient design of our warehouse allows for maximum natural light and saves approximately 120,000 units of energy per year.
By switching to compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and lightemitting diode (LED) lights at our facility in Bengaluru, we now save over 91.69 kilowatts per hour of energy each year.
These simple but crucial energy saving initiatives have helped us reduce our carbon emissions by 128,366 kilograms thus far.
Since the year 2000, himalaya has been harvesting Rainwater at our Bengaluru campus to conserve water.
A well-designed network of eight waterwells and 59 recharge pits ensures that rainwater is collected effectively. The network of percolation pits and well operates at 90 percent efficiency and has a combined storage capacity of 90,000 liters. Presently, our entire water requirement is met by two waterwells with an average generation capacity of 250,000 liters per day.
Rainwater harvesting has helped increase the water table of the surrounding area, reduced the scarcity of water during the summer months and decreased the TDS content in the groundwater. High TDS levels leave water unfit for human consumption and damage crops. The TDS levels in the area surrounding our campus in Bengaluru have reduced from approximately 4,000 parts per million (ppm) in 2008 to 2,150 ppm in 2012.
Himalaya has over 170 exclusive retail outlets across India. We are on a mission to convert our outlets to ‘eco-stores’ by using environment friendly materials and reducing our carbon footprint.
Every little step helps our planet
As part of our ‘Greening the Store’ initiative, we are consciously choosing materials which are better for the environment.
- We have installed energy-efficient CFL lights that consume 75 percent less energy and last up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- The zero volatile organic compound (VOC) paints used in our stores are non-toxic and do not deplete the ozone layer. The paint is sourced locally, which means less transportation and a reduced carbon footprint.
- Our carry bags are made from 75 percent recycled paper.
- Display units within the stores are made from medium density fiberboard (MDF), which is produced from wood waste and wood chippings.
To make greener products, Himalaya has reduced the amount of packaging materials used so less waste is generated. In addition, we have transitioned to greener packing materials.
We have redesigned our tertiary packaging, significantly reducing paper and plastic film. A simple tweak in design resulting in more efficient use of space has meant a 15 percent reduction in packing materials.
Our hair oils come in bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a 100 percent recyclable material. For our toothpaste and soap cartons, we make use of board procured from renewable sources. This paper comes from trees planted as part of social forestry projects. We also use non-toxic soy ink for printing on our soap sleeves.
In the past ten years, we have improved our waste management process. All types of waste generated at our facility in Bengaluru are properly segregated and systematically handled. Today, we are recycling 90 percent of our solid waste, 100 percent of our liquid waste and scientifically disposing of our hazardous waste.
The paper, plastic and other recyclable waste is handed over to certified recyclers. We have set up an effluent treatment plant that processes liquid waste. The treated effluent is used for gardening and irrigation of our 10 acre ‘green belt’ on campus in Bengaluru, where we have planted 600 coconut trees and 3,500 golden bamboo, napier and lemongrass trees. We are a certified ‘zero discharge’ facility.