Circular Economy



We promote the company-wide sustainable use of raw materials across the entire lifecycle of our products, from procurement through production, end use, and product disposal.

Products and Services: Saving and Recycling Resources

We promote circular manufacturing across the group as part of the drive to achieve our Environmental Vision. We do this by using recycled raw materials, designing for durability and reuse, making functional parts of existing products replaceable and upgradable, and expanding our offering of products as a service.

Product Development Using Recycled Materials

LIXIL launched its first Cradle to Cradle Certified ® products for the GROHE brand to advance circular manufacturing. Four of its products have been certified Gold for satisfying the five Cradle to Cradle criteria: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy & carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

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Cradle to Cradle Certified® products

Cradle to Cradle Certified ® products

Upgradable Design

Some LIXIL kitchen faucets are designed so that just the spout portion can be replaced with one that has a built-in water purifier. This helps reduce waste when the faucet reaches end-of-life.

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Can upgrade to faucet with water purifier

Can upgrade to faucet with water purifier

Renting and Leasing Comfortable Bathroom Spaces

LIXIL is helping to reduce resource and energy inputs and waste by offering rentable and leasable products and services designed to satisfy different environments and needs. Our withCUBE mobile bathroom booth is a product-as-a-service that can be obtained under a rental or lease contract to make it easier to provide toilet facilities at distribution centers and other locations. It does not require any large-scale construction, so it can be installed in as a little as one day* and easily withdrawn, thus reducing resource and energy inputs and waste across the product lifecycle.

* Installation of withCUBE only. Preparatory construction to install water and wastewater lines and electrical wiring may be required separately.

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with CUBE

Business Operations: Circulating Resources

LIXIL strives to recycle resources and reduce waste in all its business processes, including production. We work with stakeholders to minimize new resource input and promote the reuse and recycling of materials. We also practice responsible management of hazardous waste and air pollutants in compliance with ISO 14001 standards.

Proactively Using Recycled Materials

At LIXIL international water faucet factories, we carry out alloy smelting in in-house furnaces. Roughly 70 to 85% of the brass we use in these plants for the GROHE brand is recycled material collected in and outside the factories. LIXIL factories in Japan are reducing the energy required to produce new ingots and other aluminum products by reusing aluminum scraps from outside their manufacturing process; this reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 340,000 tons per year.

With regard to plastic resources, we aim to recycle materials from one resin window into another. We are also promoting the effective use and recycling of resin materials by, for instance, building systems to recycle materials left over from factory processes and introducing equipment to sort and separate the materials.

Feeding raw materials into the aluminum smelter

Feeding raw materials into the aluminum smelter

Working with Stakeholders to Eliminate Industrial Landfill Waste

Having obtained certification as a biomass business operator and lobbied timber suppliers to join forest certification organizations, our Nabari Plant in Mie, Japan, succeeded in selling its previously discarded wood shavings as biomass fuel and reducing its wood shavings waste to zero in April 2020.

Our Tono Plant in Gifu, another site in Japan, successfully reduced waste from adjustment tiles used for creating wall construction materials by 55 tons a year and reduced the raw materials used by 80% by improving operations and eliminating the cutting process.

At our factories in Rayong and Rangsit, Thailand, we have been recycling waste materials that were previously sent to landfill, such as sludge, mold, and ceramic scraps, into ingredients for making concrete. This has reduced the amount of landfill waste generated by the two factories by approximately 22,700 tons (98.3% compared to FYE2020) and boosted recycling rates to 97.6% in FYE2021.

Meanwhile, TOSTEM THAI has earned a Level 4 rating in the Green Industry commendation system operated by Thailand’s Ministry of Industry. In addition, our two ceramic factories in Mexico have managed to recycle ceramic waste and gypsum molds previously earmarked for landfill.

Award ceremony for green industry promoted by Thailand's Ministry of Industry

Award ceremony for green industry promoted by Thailand's Ministry of Industry

Reducing Plastic in Packaging

Since launching its Less Plastic Initiative in 2018, our GROHE brand has begun switching out plastic for sustainable alternatives, successfully eliminating plastic packaging used for its products by approximately 21 million to date. Now we aim to raise that number to 35 million by 2021.

INAX has switched from plastic to paper packaging material for INAX Aqua POWER products designed for the Asian market. The company has cleverly printed a full-size, realistically colored image of the product on the packaging so that purchasers can picture the product inside as clearly as with the previous transparent plastic packaging. Our logistics department is also seeking to reduce, reuse, and recycle the plastic stretch film used when transporting products.

Based on the 2020 LIXIL Plastics Action Statement, all our factories and offices will continue to accelerate initiatives to reduce plastic use and recycle plastic, develop and utilize renewable alternative materials, and design products that have a low environmental impact.

Paper packaging of INAX Aqua Power

Paper packaging of INAX Aqua POWER