Tom's of Maine - Since 1970

Goodness Report

Our Commitment to Healthy, Human and Environmental Goodness

  1. Hard work ahead

    The hard work ahead

    Independent energy audits show we're doing well in areas such as airflow, heating and lighting. But we realize more work can be done. As a company that makes products, we have specific energy responsibilities.

    • We're looking at how we can minimize energy used to move products from our manufacturing facility to distribution centers
    • Energy use is measured in manufacturing and transportation. The next step is to understand and begin to reduce energy usage at our headquarters, which is in a leased space
  2. Big steps so far

    We've taken big steps so far

    Back in 2005, we started taking a hard look at the energy we use and immediately saw room for improvement. Since then important changes have been made such as:

    • The electricity used in our manufacturing facility in Sanford, Maine, is now 100% offset by Green-e Certified renewable energy credits from wind power
    • Our offices in Kennebunk, Maine, on the Mousam River are partially powered by hydroelectricity
    • We joined the EPA Green Power Partnership
    • Moving to sensor-controlled fluorescent lighting in 2005 helped save 250,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year
  1. Moving more with less

    Moving more with less energy

    In 2011 we began tracking transportation energy. We don't own any delivery vehicles so we rely on transportation partners to deliver our products. Continuous improvement is a priority within our walls and across our supply chain:

    • For the first time, CO2 emissions related to the shipment of our products are being measured
    • Our near-term goal is to cut emissions and rally our partners to measure and report on their own energy use

    “Our transportation partners are all EPA SmartWay participants committed to improving
    fuel efficiency.”

    —Brian Peabody
    Tom's of Maine Customer Service & Logistics Manager

  2. Measurements for progress

    Measurements for progress

    Keeping a focus on energy use in relation to how much product we make is critical to improving efficiency. We track energy consumption (electricity and propane) in two ways: equivalent kilowatt-hours and equivalent kilograms of CO2 emissions. Each are different measurements of the same energy usage:

    • The 914 kilowatt-hours per ton of product recorded in 2011 is the baseline for measuring our long-term reduction goals
    • The 283 kilograms of CO2 emissions per ton of product recorded in 2011 is the baseline for measuring our long-term reduction goals
  3. Manufacturing facility efficiency

    Making our manufacturing facility more efficient

    We've been closely tracking energy use in our manufacturing facility for seven years. In 2011 two new projects included:

    • Addition of more insulation to the front of our manufacturing facility.
    • Installation of windows that saved energy with a dual-layer
      vacuum-sealed design

    "Our employees — and you — motivate us to find new ideas around energy efficiency."
    —Bill Hetzel
    Tom's of Maine Plant Manager

  1. Progress snapshot

    Progress snapshot

    We’re analyzing energy use within our manufacturing facility to find new ways of being more efficient. For example, high-efficiency fixtures on motion sensors have replaced outdated lighting. And work continues on figuring out how to optimize energy efficiency in the delivery of Tom’s products to retailers — and you.

  2. Goals tracker

    Energy goals tracker

    Our Goal: Reduce carbon emissions from transportation of our finished products
    (in kilograms of CO2 per ton shipped)

    Our Goal: Reduce carbon emissions from our Sanford, ME manufacturing facility
    (in kilograms of CO2 per ton produced)

    Our Goal: Partner with our contract manufacturers to reduce their energy
    use and carbon emissions

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