Natural gas isn't the ultimate energy source, but we think for our purposes it's a step forward from propane. We hosted an Environmental Defense Fund fellow and worked closely with her for guidance on energy efficiency. She identified natural gas as an immediate opportunity.
Our products are made here in Maine, but wind up on store shelves all over the country. We used to truck them to destinations from Kennebunk to California. But we've made big changes to make a bigger difference.
Ever bought an appliance for the energy savings? Many manufacturing facilities use air compressors to channel different forms of energy and we are no different. We recently purchased a new air compressor that's easily justified by the amount of energy it saves.
When you know better, you can do better. That's why we're embracing alternative energy sources. Both our headquarters in Kennebunk, Maine and our manufacturing facility in Sanford, Maine continue to plug into a renewable future.
Keeping your tires properly inflated is just one way to boost your car's mileage, right? And that can save gas and money. Our manufacturing facility equipment behaves in much the same way. That's why we put together a team of experts at our facility, including mechanics, to look for ways of getting better "mileage". Running our equipment more efficiently and more professionally ultimately proved to be our biggest energy-saving idea of 2013.
Did you know an LED light bulb can use as much as 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb? It can also last 10 to 25 times longer! That's why we've started switching to LEDs.
When you're committed to saving energy, it becomes a way of life. You do things without thinking, like turning off lights when you leave the room. That's the way we live at Tom's of Maine both as individuals and as a team. Like you, we realize every effort counts. Here are two examples:
We used to ship our products on fully stocked pallets packed into trucks. Now we create half-pallets too, to fit more products into available truck space. The goal is fewer truck trips, less energy use and less carbon emissions as a result. We're definitely seeing a difference!
Warm air rises. That's why a powerful fan near our tall manufacturing facility ceiling now circulates heated air more effectively toward the floor where our employees work. It helps us minimize energy used for heating our facility.
Using more trains and fewer trucks to haul our products to stores across the country is just part of the reason we made substantial progress in our goal of reducing carbon emissions from transportation. We've already reached our original goal for the year 2020 so we're setting the bar even higher with a new 2020 goal.
Our manufacturing facility in Sanford, Maine remains at the heart of our energy revolution. From wind power and LED light bulbs to better use of our equipment, we continue to uncover meaningful opportunities to improve and conserve. By working closely with the Environmental Defense Fund, we are mapping out a future that will bring even more exciting changes at Tom's of Maine for years to come. And we will never stop challenging ourselves and our partners to do more for the sake of our communities and the planet we share.
OUR GOAL: Reduce carbon emissions from transportation of our finished products (in kilograms of CO2 per ton shipped).See full Goals Tracker »
OUR GOAL: Reduce carbon emissions from our Sanford, ME manufacturing facility (in kilograms of CO2 per ton produced).See full Goals Tracker »
OUR GOAL: 90% of our contract manufacturers reporting energy usage to us by 2015. Then, 50% of these contract partners actively tracking energy reductions by 2020.See full Goals Tracker »