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.
We want the values we share with you to shine through all we do, not just the visible things. You probably look at our ingredients and packaging, but what about our shipping methods?
Distribution centers on each coast and our nations rail system give us more efficient ways of getting product to you. Transporting toothpaste and deodorant by railroad is now a reality from our manufacturing facility in Maine and it contributes to minimizing our impact on the environment.
When we do have to ship by truck, trailer weight is now maxed out so fewer trucks are on the road. Our new co-shipping policy combines customer shipments and even has us working with other companies to be sure trucks are going out completely full, further reducing the number of shipments.
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.
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.