GreenSpeed - Making a difference

 

 

Materials Sustainability

We’ve implemented a number of materials sourcing and waste reduction changes to reduce environmental safety and impact in recent years, and expect further progress as new efforts underway come to fruition:

  • We reduced the size of lip care cartons and cards by 11% and optimized dimensions of packers and shippers, decreasing our paperboard and corrugated usage by 48 tons annually… these changes also enabled us to consolidate more than 1,300 pallets of product annually, reducing freight trips and associated fuel consumption significantly.
  • On our Odor-Eaters brand, we have endeavored to find ways both to minimize scrap created during the insole cutting process, and to reuse/recycle as much of the leftover material as possible.  Our efforts have enabled us to reduce the amount of material entering the waste stream by over 600 tons since 2010.
  • We collect and recycle from our production and warehousing operations all stretch wrap from pallets and all corrugated from boxes to keep this scrap out of landfills.
  • All corrugated materials purchased by Blistex contain a minimum of 30% recycled content.
  • All “blisters” used on shelf/peg packages will convert to PET to improve recyclability in 2021-22.

Equipment, Facilities, and Processes

A variety of energy-saving, recycling and use reduction practices and programs within our operations have had significant impact throughout our company:

  • We purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) linked to specific sustainable energy sources (such as individual wind farms) for all electricity supplied to our buildings and campus, totaling more than 4,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year.
  • Solar panels and systems were installed to pre-heat water for our production systems and for our exercise facility showers.
  • We transitioned more than 80% of our lighting to energy-efficient fixtures and bulbs.
  • Automatic sensors turn lights off when not in use across 90% of our office and public spaces.
  • We created a process to cancel unwanted or duplicate magazine subscriptions, stopping the mailing of about 10,000 issues per year.
  • The equivalent of more than 3,500 trees have been preserved through our Shred-it program for confidential material disposal.
  • More than 90 pounds of cans, bottles and paper are collected for recycling on average every day from our blue bins and cafeterias.
  • We installed high-end filters for our drinking water and distributed reusable bottles to all our employees to combat the use of plastic-bottled water.
  • Cups and plates that biodegrade rapidly are used for company events and in conference rooms.
  • Carpet, wallpaper and cubicle fabrics made with recycled materials are used for all new office and conference room construction or remodeling.
  • We converted to green-certified cleaning products for our offices, manufacturing plant, and warehouses wherever they passed testing for adequate performance.

Greener Lifestyles

Since 2008, we have implemented many programs to educate and help improve sustainability behaviors and preferences among our employees: 

  • Employee collection centers in our facilities have recycled large quantities of items from home:    
  • Approximately 2,000 pounds of plastic bags
  • More than 30,000 batteries
  • Over 17,000 clothes hangers
  • Our annual E-Sweep event has kept over 18 tons of employees’ electronic waste out of landfills.
  • Over 350 pairs of used eyeglasses have been collected for a Lion Club re-use program.
  • More than 8,000 greeting cards have been collected for re-purposing by St. Jude’s Hospital.
  • Reusable k-cups have been provided for Keurig machines to reduce single-use waste.
  • We recycle old keys for scrap in conjunction with the Multiple Sclerosis society.
  • Preferred parking areas were created for fuel-efficient vehicles meeting LEED ratings of 45+.
  • An air filling station for car tires was installed to help reduce the amount of gasoline that employees burn (which will also save them money and make them safer on the roads).
  • Reusable shopping bags and reusable insulated lunch bags were distributed to all employees.
  • A "green briefing" is part of orientation for all new employees.
  • Relevant community sustainability events and information on carpooling options are posted, and behaviors like two-sided printing and paperless filing are consistently encouraged.