Waste is a bigger problem in national parks than many Americans realize. The National Park Service (NPS) manages over 100 million pounds of waste across the country. Much of that waste is generated by the more than 300 million people who visit national parks annually. Over half (59 percent) of Americans who responded to a survey are not aware of the waste management challenges facing the national parks.
(3BL/JustMeans) Bacardi pledged to stop serving straws last year at company events. The company known for its rum began its "no straw pledge" at its North America regional headquarters office in Coral Cables, Florida and its Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, England.
Boeing is reducing waste, water use and emissions in its facilities while business keeps booming. The company that produces aircraft generated less greenhouse gas emissions, used less water, sent fewer solid waste to landfill, and generated less hazardous waste in 2016.
Mountain Rose Herbs has achieved a Zero Waste Facility Certification from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). It is the first Oregon-based company to received certification, scoring Platinum status, the highest level of certification. Companies awarded zero waste certification have to divert at least 90 percent of all non-hazardous waste from landfills and incineration.
Sodexo, a French food services company, is reducing its waste and carbon emissions at the food service sites where it operates. With over 32,000 client sites globally, under management, these commitments can have a big impact.
Hospitals rely on a vast amount of plastic--from irrigation bottles to pitchers. What happens to that plastic when it’s reached the end of its uselessness? It is used once and then chucked into the garbage bin.
Mars Inc. is known for making candy and pet food. Now the company can be known for achieving its zero waste to landfill goal. As of December 31, 2015 none of the company’s 126 manufacturing sites globally sends waste to landfill. In 2007, Mars sent over 154,000 tons of waste to landfill.
(3BL/JustMeans) - Caterpillar manufactures heavy equipment, so some of its operations are extremely energy-intensive. Yet, its employees have found ways to reduce energy use through innovative energy systems. The company now gets 21.1 percent of its electricity use from renewable and alternative energy.
(3BL/JustMeans) The company that owns the fast food chains Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut takes green building seriously. Yum Brands is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and has built over 30 LEED certified buildings in nine countries. The company’s LEED certification total was the second highest among restaurateurs in 2015.
Nike’s goal is to have zero waste from its footwear manufacturing end up in either landfill or incinerated without energy recovery by 2020. It is a goal it is actively working towards. In 2015, 54 million pounds of factory scrap was turned into materials used in Nike products. In footwear manufacturing in 2015, Nike diverted 92 percent of its total waste from landfill and incineration without energy recovery.