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Flexo Sustainable : Fall 2014
• Green Mountain Co ee Roasters, which has found new and innovative uses for the large burlap sacks that its co ee beans are shipped inside. Previously, these bags went to a land ll. Now they are put to use in a variety of ways, including: » Holding soil on a construction site » Part of a wheelchair ramp at a playground in Seattle » Filtering rainwater in an e ort to reduce pollution runo into Puget Sound Further, the company has begun selling scrap wood and metal, previously classi ed as waste, to recyclers. ese e orts have boosted the tonnage of Green Mountain Co ee Roasters' reduc- tion and recycling program from 4.5 in August 2009 to more than 400 in September 2012 AIR GMA's report notes that, while energy continues to be a major factor in carbon reduction, "companies are starting to look for ways to reduce air emissions beyond their own walls." Success is being found through programs that reduce emissions in distribution and transpor- tation channels. Companies noted for their energy e ciency programs are: • e Clorox Company, which uses an o ce building that was one of the rst to be designated as LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)--- EB (Existing Building) Platinum, the rating's highest level • e Coca-Cola Company, which is phasing out hydro uorocarbons (HFC) in more than 14 million dispensers, vending machines and coolers in the marketplace • General Mills, which has committed to sustainably source its 10 "priority agriculture raw ingredients" by 2020 Companies noted for their carbon reduction programs are: • Ocean Spray Cranberries, which reorganized its entire dis- tribution network to reduce carbon emissions. e company added new manufacturing and distribution capabilities in Flor- ida, and, by partnering with a rail operator and fruit shippers to make use of cargo space in returning boxcars from New Jersey to Florida, developed a more e cient transit for product in the Southeast • Procter & Gamble, which has been working to make more laun- dry loads washed in cold water, reducing both greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption needed to heat the H2O WATER Water is seen as a double edged sword in GMA's report. On one hand, there are a number of risks, such as scarcity, quality and regulatory uncertainty. But according to the report, "in spite of these risks, many companies also see water as an opportunity," speci cally to improve brand value, introduce new products and services, and increase e - ciency and cost savings. Companies noted for their water recycling programs are: • PepsiCo, which had a water recovery and reuse facility built at its Frito-Lay Casa Grande, AZ plant. is addition utilizes water treatment, ltration and puri cation technologies to recycle as much as 75 percent of all water used at the facility Companies noted for their water conservation programs are: • Con-Agra, which lessened its water usage at two plants without any major investments in new equipment: » Its Wesson Oil facility in Memphis, TN began tracking water use on a weekly basis. By measuring its consumption, initia- tives like more accurately noting its reservoir were kickstarted » Its Lamb Weston frozen vegetable processing plant in Paterson, WA conducted a review of its water consumption • e Kellogg Company, which faced a unique problem in that it manufacturers Rice Krispies Treats in its Rome, GA plant and uses water to clean conveyer belts. In 2006, the factory sprayed 10 gallons of water per nozzle per minute and, with 50 nozzles, its water consumption was high. Engineers at Kellogg designed a new system to wash conveyer belts, where each nozzle uses two to three gallons per minute • Unile ver, which approached its water conservation e ort by studying people's showering habits. GMA notes that "around 39 percent of its domestic water footprint occurs when people use the company's soaps, shower gels and shampoos" Companies noted for their water quality programs are: • Tree Top, which uses water to clean fruit, oat fruit from station to station and wash up. e company's water consumption can be high, considering it handles 300,000 tons of fruit annually. At its Selah, WA campus, Tree Top has improved its water quality by spraying wastewater containing fruit residual waste on a eld it has transformed into a conservation area Learn more about the Grocery Manufacturers Association and its Environmental Success Stories in e Consumer Packaged Goods Industry report by visiting www.gmaonline.org. " The report is 'a collection of successful environmental initiatives' that 'demonstrates a wide range of approaches to innovation.'" 6 Sustainable FLEXO | FALL 2014