Humanity’s vision of Earth has evolved tremendously over the past years. In recent decades, a growing awareness has become part of our society which pushes us to worry about our impact on the planet. In 1987, this awareness generated an all-new concept that will revolutionize the consumer world: sustainable development. Faced with this new era of thinking, many companies, like HydroSolution, have joined the movement and adapted their internal structure to reduce their ecological footprint while offering quality and sustainable products to customers. Isabel St-Laurent, E-Commerce Brand Manager at HydroSolution, shares with us the methods used by HydroSolution to participate actively in sustainable development.
What pushed HydroSolution to participate in the sustainable development movement?
Isabel St-Laurent: Sustainable development is at the core of our company’s concerns. We aim to do our part as a corporate citizen, and we encourage positive actions to promote sustainable development. In an era where every little action counts, HydroSolution takes all the necessary measures to make sure each action has a great impact.
For example, in addition to offering water heaters that respect the principles of sustainable development, we work closely with HydroQuébec to promote the use of certified WaterSense® low-flow fittings because even the most seemingly common actions can have a great impact on the environment. Low-flow showerheads reduce water waste and allow consumers to save the equivalent of a tanker truck in one year without jeopardizing their comfort. If we all do our share, together, we can make a huge difference in our water consumption and ecological footprint.
How are your water heaters different from your competitors’ in terms of sustainable development?
ISL: First of all, HydroSolution is a 100% Québec-owned company. Our water heaters are made right here, in Québec. This local production allows us to undergo strict quality control procedures in the manufacturing of our products, so we can ensure their design maximizes the length of their useful life. We offer a high-quality product and are constantly improving our manufacturing procedures. For example, our tanks are equipped with a double-fired glass lining, which further protects the tank against corrosion. We also use ecological insulation known as Greenfoam on the outer tank, which reduces heat loss and saves electricity.
In addition to controlling the quality of our water heaters’ production, we also control the quality of their installation to provide excellent long-term performance for our customers. We also take care of disposing of the old tank ecologically.
We are proud to provide our customers with a local product that respects the three core areas of sustainability: social, environmental and economical. Socially, our company creates jobs by keeping the production right here in a local factory. Environmentally, we offer high-quality products that provide extended useful life, and we take care of removing the old tanks to recycle them. And finally, economically, we make sure to offer our customers competitive prices.
How do you dispose of and recycle your customers’ old water heaters?
ISL: HydroSolution includes the removal of their customers’ old water heater when installing a new one to ensure it won’t end up in a landfill. The recycled water heater is then transformed and recycled into everyday objects, like hammers, corkscrews, and even bicycles. Each year, we dispose of and recycle more than 2,000 metric tons of metal.
In other words, you were able to set up a sustainable development strategy that allows your customers to choose an ecological option when buying a water heater?
ISL: Yes, and we are very proud of this. Our company cares about the quality of our products and their installation, and we are committed to providing our customers with a professional service while doing our part in helping our planet.
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