We stick to waste principles — reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle in all we do, including our work with our supply partners. For example, the process of packaging our deodorant revealed a new use for plastic waste.
What do you do with old boxes? Reusing them can be a key to avoiding waste. We like to use many of the boxes at our manufacturing facility over and over again, and our partners jump in to help us.
Mistakes can happen. Our production line jams. Sometimes a toothpaste tube isn't filled correctly to our standards. In the process of quality control, we do find waste. But we also find ways to make it useful.
The responsibility that we feel to cut waste amounts to a tough challenge, but we're making progress. We're turning our manufacturing facility upside down to find even the smallest opportunities to recycle and reuse.
We wanted to make more progress toward our goal of increasing the percentage of manufacturing waste at our facility to recycled/reused, but new opportunities are harder to find, especially as we make more and more products. We've uncovered every possible item to recycle at our manufacturing facility. Now we'll focus on the future with an eye toward innovative materials ideas that are just now beginning to take shape. New materials that are more recyclable and environmentally friendly could open brand new doors for our waste reduction goals.
We do believe we can achieve zero waste to landfill at our manufacturing facility ahead of schedule and we expect to bring you exciting news about this in future editions of the Goodness Report.
OUR GOAL: Reduce waste to landfill per ton of product manufactured at our Sanford, ME manufacturing facility. Progress in 2013 has already surpassed original 2015 goal of 75 kg/ton. A more ambitious goal for 2015 is now in the works on our way to zero waste to landfill by 2020.See full Goals Tracker »
OUR GOAL: Increase percentage of manufacturing waste at our Sanford, ME manufacturing facility to recycled/reused.See full Goals Tracker »