Basic Environmental Philosophy

The Daiwabo Group is committed to preserving the global environment necessary for healthy and cultured living, through corporate activities that are friendly to both people and the planet.

Reducing the environmental impact of business activities

(Main Activities)

■ More efficient transportation and delivery

 Introduction of low-emission vehicles

■ Reduce waste materials

■ Environmental considerations in production
    processes

Development of environmentally friendly products

(Main Activities)

 Development of biodegradable materials

 Development of fibers that are friendly to both
    people and the planet

 Environmental and energy conservation measures

 

■ IT Infrastructure Distribution Business
 Fiber Business
 Industrial Machinery Business

Reducing the environmental impact of business activities

More efficient transportation and delivery

The Daiwabo Information Systems (DIS) Group uses an advanced logistics center function and inventory management system to deliver goods ordered by customers promptly and efficiently. By consolidating and reducing the number of shipments, DIS reduces fuel consumption and exhaust gas emissions related to transportation.

 

In order to reduce the environmental impact of its logistics activities, Daiwabo is focusing on the shift to rail transport, the utilization of bulk containers, and attempts to maximize the load capacity of trucks.
As part of its efforts to prevent global warming, KANBO PRAS CORPORATION is promoting the use of Japan Rail containers to its customers in cooperation with their businesses.

 

Introduction of low-emission vehicles

The DIS Group is promoting the introduction of vehicles with the lowest possible environmental impact in its fleet of business vehicles. In fiscal 2020, DIS switched all 135 of its sales vehicles to low-emission vehicles, of which 87 were hybrid vehicles, accounting for about 64% of its vehicles. DIS will continue to introduce hybrid vehicles in this manner.

 

Environmental considerations in production processes

Daiwabo is developing the “PH-S” dyeing process (tentative name: patent pending), which does not use caustic soda, a strong alkali. The process is expected to reduce the amount of chemicals and water used, reduce environmental impact, improve fiber absorbency and release of soiling, and ensure that texture is not lost.
Daiwabo aims to incorporate the “PH-S” method into the processing of cotton and other cellulosic fibers.

[Gray fabric]
Contaminants such as wax, pectin, and protein present on the surface

[Conventional treatment]
Remove impurities with caustic soda

[PH-S method]
Remove impurities using special techniques

Development of environmentally friendly products

Development of biodegradable materials

Marine-biodegradable rayon fiber “e:CORONA™”

The marine-biodegradable rayon fiber “e:CORONA™” has been confirmed through testing to have high biodegradability. It is derived from natural materials, biodegradable in both soil and seawater, and environmentally friendly. This is a safe and human-friendly material that can be used for various purposes with peace of mind. It has already been successfully used in food packaging and flushable wet tissues, and we are promoting the development of other items.

 

Biodegradable Thermally-Adhesive Composite Fiber “miracle®fiberKK-PL”

The biodegradable, thermally-adhesive composite fiber “miracle®fiberKK-PL” is composed of 75% plant-derived biodegradable ingredients. Simply burying this material in the ground is enough for the fibers to decompose naturally.

"miracle®fiberKK-PL" demonstrates the decomposition of polybutylene succinate (PBS), the sheath component.

Development of fibers that are friendly to both people and the planet

The Daiwabo Eco Friend Project

Daiwabo started the Eco Friend Project in 2008, and since then, it has been expanding its lineup of environment-friendly products and developing products for health and hygiene.
In order to realize a sustainable society, the Daiwabo Group seeks to tackle environmental issues through SDG-oriented activities within its business activities, such as by developing and selling environmentally conscious products.

“Recovis™” is a rayon fiber successfully produced by DAIWABO RAYON CO., LTD., working in cooperation with several companies and research institutions, by reusing used cotton clothing, shredded waste cotton, and other kinds of cotton waste as a raw material. A brand new knitted dress can be made by breaking down cellulose from used cotton clothes and spinning new cellulose fibers using the viscose method. In addition, DAIWABO RAYON CO., LTD. is participating in efforts to extract cellulose from polyester/cotton blend offcuts, which accounts for a large portion of clothing, as well as from used clothes, and turn this into fibers.

 

Environmental and energy conservation measures

As a distributor, DIS promotes green IT which can contribute to environmental conservation through the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, by promoting sales and proposing the application of various ecological products such as power-saving equipment, software, and supply products. We also support green procurement and purchasing for corporations, by providing a service that uses the “iDATEN” corporate e-commerce system we operate, which is one of the largest in the IT industry, to allow customers to confirm that IT products they have searched for are environmentally friendly.

 

O-M Ltd. makes customer “wants” tangible, and develops, manufactures, and sells products that are friendly to both people and the planet.
In the RT -915 and Neoα-EX series, O-M Ltd. has reduced the total power supply capacity required by equipping these products with energy-saving functions as standard, eliminating hydraulic units, and reducing the size of servo motors. Through such products, they are working to contribute to the environment and society.