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At L.O. TRADING CORP, the respect for the environment is intrinsic in our daily routine and operations and is part of our way of thinking.


Operating Standards related to reduce the environmental impact:

1. Reuse the packing material always when possible.
The packaging materials used in our operation and the policies about each material are:
1.1. Wood / Plastic Pallets

1.2. Wood Crates

1.3. Cardboard Boxes

1.4. Shrink wrap

1.5. Adhesive tape

1.6. Steel Strap vs Plastic Strap

1.7. Labels

2. Recycle the packing material when not possible to re-use.

2.1. Wood / Plastic Pallets

2.2. Cardboard Boxes

3. Use of Electric Forklifts always when possible.
Since 2011, we decided to reduce to the minimum the use of forklifts driven by Internal Combustion Motors (LPG) and acquired electric driven forklifts. With the electric forklifts we reduce to the minimum the emission of gases to the atmosphere as well as significant reduction of the noise and the temperature in the warehouse area.

We keep a record of the hours of use of each machine, to guarantee that the warehouse operators are giving preference to the electric forklifts vs the Internal combustion.

4. Paperless Operation.
Since 2008 we started to change our filing system from paper to digital. Before that day we were using over 25,000 paper sheets per month. Now we use paper only in cases where it is legally required, like cargo transportation documents.

To accomplish and maintain this policy we updated all our PCs and installed a second monitor for each employee.

All our process and accounting documents are filed and stored in a digital form, saving not only the paper, but also the printing ink that is a highly contaminant product.

We encourage all our suppliers to send electronic documents (invoices, packing lists, MSDS, Data Sheets, etc), but any way due to the nature of our business we receive an important quantity of paper, after scanned and converted to digital format, all the paper is collected for shredding and recycling. This process is done by a professional company that is contracted for this purpose.

5. Electricity Savings.
5.1. Replacing / purchasing more efficient devices.
5.2. If not in use turn it off.
5.3. Motion activated lights.
5.4. Heat repellent film.
6. Reduction of Plastic bottles/containers.
We installed water fountains with filtered water in different areas of the offices and warehouse, and encourage our employees not to use plastic bottles.

At the public fountains we use disposable paper cups and do a clean recycle of them to reduce contamination.

7. Tap water savings.
We have installed water saving nozzles in all our tap water faucets to reduce the water consumption. Normal nozzles run 2.2gpm, ours are 0.5gpm. We also perform periodic revision of the toilet gaskets to be sure there are no leaks.

8. Responsible disposal of electric/electronic devices and scrap.
All broken and unusable electric/electronic devices are donated to a recycling company that fixes or takes the appliances apart to use their components as spare parts to fix other similar appliances. All metallic scrap is collected and tendered to a recycler that collects this type of materials. Used printer tonners are send back for recycling with and all batteries are collected and sent to the appropriate recycling places.

V1 March 21 2016

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