Our activities for reducing the environmental burden

Reducing environmental burden by installing solar power system

In 2021, we installed solar power system at our newly built Yoshii Logistics Warehouse, reducing CO2 emissions by 110 tons per year, and we are expanding the use of renewable energy throughout the Group, including the introduction of a solar power system at our third plant in Thailand, which started operation in March 2023.

Changing to LED Lights for Domestic Offices

The MAX Group is actively promoting the use of LED lighting. LED lighting accounts for about 75% of the total number of light bulbs in our domestic offices. Moving forward, we will continue to promote LED lighting and strive to decrease CO2 emissions by reducing power consumption.

Introduction of Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid vehicles comprise approximately 50% of all vehicles at the MAX Group's domestic offices. In the future, we will work to reduce CO2 emissions by switching to hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles as we replace vehicles.

Promotion of environmentally friendly initiatives


Use of biomass materials

We have developed “Biomass Plastic Staple” and “Biomass CONI-CLIP” containing biomass materials as dedicated consumables for our “AIR PACKNER” and “CONI-CLIPPER” bag closing tools. Previously, we used petroleum-derived plastics, but we are now working to reduce our environmental impact by incorporating a mix of plant-derived biomass material. Biomass plastic containing biomass material has been drawing attention for its ability to curb emissions of greenhouse gases compared with petroleum-derived plastics.


Paper tape that decomposes in soil

We have developed paper tape that decomposes in soil in about three months as a dedicated consumable for our “TAPENER” mechanical tape binding tool. In the past, used tape has been incinerated together with discarded branches and stems, but an increasing number of regions have placed restrictions on incineration. In these cases, the tape is either buried or collected, but there has been an increasing resistance to burying among producers, while collection is problematic because of the required effort. Tape made from paper material will decompose in soil in about three months, reducing environmental impact and resolving these issues.


Switching from plastic packaging to cardboard

We launched a sustainable stationery series called “Re:max.” With this series, we will contribute to the environment by developing stationery that moves away from plastic items and packaging and uses environmentally friendly materials. Our first initiative is the renewal of the “HD-10TL” stapler, changing from plastic packaging to cardboard.

Energy conservation

The result was 99.5% against the fiscal 2022 target of curbing energy consumption per basic unit to 99.0% or less compared to that of the previous fiscal year.

Resource Saving / Recycling

We achieved 97.8%, meeting the fiscal 2022 target of curbing total emissions per basic unit to 99.0% or less compared to that of the previous fiscal year.

Recycling Rate

The result was 93.6% against the fiscal 2022 target of a recycling rate of 96.1% or more.

Emissions of industrial waste from plastic-using products, etc.

In FY2022, we reduced emissions of industrial waste from plastic-used products by approximately 5.9% from the previous year.

Substances Subject to the PRTR Law

The handling, transfer, and emission amount of substances at MAX subject to the PRTR Law (Class 1 Designated Chemical Substances) are as follows.

Site Name[Notification Date] Chemical Substance Name Handling Amount
Emissions Amount
Transfer Amount
Emission Details Transfer Details
Waste Disposal Method Types of Waste
Tamamura(5) Ethylbenzene 905 870 39 Atmosphere Incineration/melting Sludge, waste oil
Xylene 2,563 2,500 440 Atmosphere Incineration/melting Sludge, waste oil
Vinyl acetate 1,412 1,100 380 Atmosphere Incineration/melting Waste oil, waste plastics
Toluene 10,341 8,000 2,800 Atmosphere Incineration/melting Sludge, waste oil, waste plastics
Formaldehyde 822 0 0 - Incineration/melting Sludge
Fujioka(6) Zinc water-soluble compound 59,600 200 0 Public water area - -
Ethylbenzene 1,979 650 1,300 Atmosphere Others Waste oil
Xylene 2,571 890 1,700 Atmosphere Others Waste oil
Toluene 7,867 6,100 1,700 Atmosphere Others Waste oil
Normal hexane 9,312 2,900 2,700 Atmosphere Others Waste oil
Methylnaphthalene 2,064 10 0 Atmosphere - -
Joban(2) Toluene 660 570 90 Atmosphere Incineration/melting Waste oil
Naphthalene (liquid) 2.9 2.5 0.4 Atmosphere Incineration/melting Waste oil

Conservation of Water Resources

Each factory is located in a region where the risk of drought is low. City water (tap water) and groundwater are used as appropriate depending on the situation in each region.
None of MAX's production processes use a large amount of water. Instead, water is used for limited purposes such as indirect cooling of the plating process in the production of consumables such as staples and wires for rebar tying tools at the Fujioka Factory. Wastewater is properly treated and then discharged to public water areas. Moreover, some of the water is reused in processes such as cooling. However, in the future, we will further improve the reuse rate and replace it with city water in consideration of risks such as restrictions on the intake of groundwater.