Tom’s of Maine, the nation’s leading maker of natural personal care products, announced today that its manufacturing and fulfillment facility has moved to invest in renewable wind energy for all its energy needs. The change will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million pounds per year, the equivalent of planting 214 acres of trees or removing 138 cars from the road.
“One of our central beliefs is that Tom’s of Maine can be financially successful while behaving in a socially responsible and environmentally sensitive manner,” said CEO & Cofounder Tom Chappell. “Our move to renewable wind energy is another exciting example of how doing what is good for nature and good for communities turns out to be good for the bottom line as well.”
COO Tom O’Brien and Director of Product Supply Mark Dobrovolny partnered with Constellation NewEnergy and Clean Air-Cool Planet to make this project an environmental and economic success.
"Partnering with Tom's of Maine made perfect sense for us given our respective commitments to social responsibility and environmental sensitivity," said Bruce McLeish, senior originator for Constellation NewEnergy. "We are pleased to be working with Tom's of Maine and support them in their efforts to promote a clean environment."
As of January 31, 2006, the energy procured for Tom’s of Maine 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Sanford, Maine, will be generated by the Ainsworth Wind Energy Facility in Nebraska. The 100% Wind Renewable Energy Certificate product is certified by the Green-e certification program administered by the Center for Resource Solutions. Tom’s is purchasing 130,000 kilowatt hours of energy per month or approximately 1,150 megawatts per year of renewable energy certificates from the wind farm. This purchase will avoid the emission of more than 1,587,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide pollution each year.
Clean Air-Cool Planet creates partnerships in the Northeast to implement solutions to climate change and build constituencies for effective climate policies and actions. Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) is the region's leading organization dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming. CA-CP is a science-based, nonpartisan, 501(c)3 non-profit.
Constellation NewEnergy Inc., a member of Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG), is a leading competitive supplier of electricity, natural gas, and energy-related services to commercial and industrial customers throughout North America. Constellation NewEnergy operates in all competitive energy markets throughout Canada and the United States, providing products that enable customers to effectively manage and control energy costs. Constellation NewEnergy's regional expertise, coupled with its national presence, provides customers with customized energy products and services while leveraging the assets of one of the strongest integrated energy companies in North America. Constellation NewEnergy, based in Baltimore, serves more than 10,000 commercial and industrial customers throughout 31 states and 3 Canadian provinces representing more than 15,000 megawatts of peak load and more than 300 billion cubic feet of annual natural gas consumption.
Founded in Kennebunk, Maine, by Tom and Kate Chappell in 1970, Tom's of Maine creates effective personal care products using simple, natural ingredients derived from plants and minerals. Tom's of Maine products—toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, deodorant, and soap—do not contain artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors, flavors, or animal ingredients; are tested for safety and efficacy without the use of animals; are biodegradable; and are packaged in earth-friendly ways. Our philosophy of "Natural Care" guides us in doing what is right for our customers, employees, communities, and environment. We fulfill our Natural Care mission by donating 10% of our profits to charitable organizations; by encouraging our employees to use 5% of their paid time in volunteer work; by adhering to our standards of natural, sustainable, and responsible; and by not testing on animals.
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