At Jarden, we recognize that we are members of the global community and that we have a responsibility to the environment and to behave in a socially responsible manner. Our sustainability efforts focus on balancing the economic, social, and environmental demands of our business without compromising future generations.
Jarden is committed to operating in a sustainable manner through the constant evaluation of our operations and our utilization of resources to produce, market, and deliver our products to the consumer, with the ultimate goal of zero waste. All employees are encouraged to adopt a sustainable mindset where we can all work together to find ways to be "Better Tomorrow Than Today".
Better Tomorrow than Today - Performance Snapshot
Jarden's scale and ability to leverage resources across business units represents a significant advantage to developing better processes and becoming more efficient and sustainable. Below is a performance snapshot to show you how we are doing with our environmental sustainability objectives:
Jarden is committed to operating in an ethical, honest manner throughout the world and in compliance with the laws of the communities in which we operate. We maintain a principled approach toward our labor force through responsible workforce and labor practices, and our Code of Conduct Policy expectation extends beyond our employees and business units into our supplier relationships, further perpetuating our ethical standards deep into the supply chain.
Coleman Ramps Up Package Reduction Efforts - In an effort to reduce, recycle, and reuse, Coleman’s structural packaging team working with the product development teams have embraced the initiative of reducing the packaging components of both their consumer facing and transportation packaging in a way that positively impacts the business and the environment. The strategies have led to new decision-making paradigms that include reducing packaging as a key consideration in product and pack development.
**Reduce One example is a study to review one of the largest internal Coleman business units: hard coolers. In reviewing the amount of corrugate utilized to transport the product from the manufacturing site to customers, it became clear that there were significant opportunities to make improvements by reducing that amount of corrugate without compromising the protection of the product itself. The end result is a reduction in corrugate by 65% for phase 1 of this initiative impacting two high-volume cooler SKUs manufactured in the Wichita, KS. facility.
**Recycle Another project is the implementation of molded pulp as one of the main packaging components for the Coleman Lanterns manufactured in Wichita. The molded pulp replaces expanded polystyrene (EPS) which takes an exponential amount of time to break down in landfills. After testing to ensure that no damage to the product will occur as a result of the change, the recycled molded pulp will also be explored with the supplier of glass globes as an option for transportation packaging. The benefits of using molded pulp are that it is made from 100% recycled paper, it is a sustainable recyclable material, it provides vibration dampening and cushioning properties, and it can nest, allowing for shipping and storage efficiencies. Utilizing molded pulp on this particular project, has allowed truckload utilization to increase by 30% in addition to switching to a sustainable material. The teams continue to work on evaluating the options for where molded pulp can be utilized within Coleman products.
**Reuse When reducing the amount of materials and evaluating recycled content for packaging components, the teams at Coleman have also looked at ways for creating packaging that can be used as more than just a means to protect the product that resides inside the packaging. This has resulted in a headlamp packaging initiative where the objective of the project is to provide the consumer a means for storing the product in addition to providing an aesthetically pleasing billboard for the product and brand at the shelf. Estimates with this project show an annual reduction of three tons of packaging materials and an increase in cube utilization throughout the distribution process.
With all the teams working together, significant packaging changes are now possible, offering better solutions for both the business and Coleman consumers.
Awards Abound for USPC in Kentucky - Sustainability efforts at the United States Playing Card Company (USPC) have been steadily gaining momentum since 2010, when the facility partnered with the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) with the goal of achieving cost savings through energy efficiency and waste minimization. These efforts are now paying off with not just one award in 2012 but two.
The first is the 2012 Environmental Sustainability Award given by KPPC recognizing Kentucky companies that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability. In selecting companies to honor with this award, KPPC considers a broad spectrum of criteria: taking responsibility for the social well-being of their employees and the community around them; practicing environmental stewardship at their facility; and achieving economic benefits through those environmental improvements. USPC is one of only two companies to receive the award in 2012.
The second is the 2012 Governor’s Energy Leadership Award. Energy Leadership Awards recognize leaders in the Kentucky energy field who have made significant contributions by promoting and utilizing energy efficiency and alternative energy sources as a way to achieve their sustainability goals.
“The innovative and visionary leaders honored today have played an integral role in shaping Kentucky’s energy future. Through their energy initiatives, they have demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and setting examples of environmental stewardship for generations to come,” said Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters. Congrats to USPC!
JCS’s Sunbeam Introduces Hospitality Greensense™ Born out of the need to help the struggling hospitality industry, Jarden Consumer Solutions’ Sunbeam® brand created an innovative line of products that reduce both utility costs and energy & water usage. The entire suite of five product categories is designed specifically to save hoteliers up to tens of thousands of dollars per year. On average, a 150-room hotel with 67% occupancy can save up to $26,000 per year in energy related savings.
“The Greensense portfolio is our way of saying, ‘We hear you’ to everyone who has been demanding relief from high utility bills without sacrificing quality,” said Jennifer Hansard, Group Marketing Manager, Sunbeam Hospitality Business.
The Greensense product line includes irons, hairdryers, showerheads, faucet aerators and an energy-saving nightlight.
Clean Water a High Priority for Jarden Safety and Security At Jarden Safety and Security, the DIFSA facility has upgraded its restrooms in the plant to prevent any potential waste from going into the ground. Additionally, as part of the renovation, they added a waste treatment plant to ensure proper water treatment for waste removal. The facility plans to begin water recycling in 2013, which will result in over 1,000,000 fewer gallons of public water used in the plant annually.
First Alert's Zero Waste Program in Canada First Alert, a part of Jarden Branded Consumables, has created a zero waste initiative in Canada. Through innovative packaging and new recycling infrastructure, First Alert launched three new zero-waste SKUs. “We are very proud to be able to offer this strategy that advances the business while directly benefitting customers and the environment,” said Brian Strasma, VP of Global Operations. “This program provides a competitive and strategic advantage for us. The Canadian team did an amazing job.”
While the primary benefit to this program is that the product/packaging are no longer wasted, additional benefits include improved retail placement and relationships, robust marketing and PR messaging, and recognition as a leader in eco-friendly production. For more information about this program, contact Brian (BStrasma@jardensafety.com).
Jarden ATC Office Grow Trees, Grow Closer as a Team During an extraordinarily beautiful, sunny day last March, a team of 115 people, including 53 volunteer employees from four BUs across Jarden ATC and their family members gathered in the front gate of South China Botanical Garden for a tree planting activity sponsored by Jarden. After an hour of hard work, all 25 of the trees Jarden donated to the park had been planted.
Smiles were on everybody’s faces, and each tree was labeled with the Jarden logo and all planting team members’ names.“Sustainability isn’t just about the energy we save in a facility or the tonnage of recycling we reclaim,” said Jim Bennett, president of Jarden China, and Chief Sustainability Officer, “It’s also about energizing the community and employees to participate in sustainable projects.”After the planting, the participants enjoyed a team picnic to socialize with their fellow Jarden associates and take advantage of the wonderful weather as well as the beautiful gardens to which they had just contributed.
Wood Recycling Hits Home Run for Rawlings, JCS The Rawlings Sporting Goods wood baseball bat plant in Dolgeville, NY makes high-end wood bats used at all levels of play from the major leagues to tee ball. Two internal processes help divert wood waste from landfills: a wood-fired kiln used to dry the wood, and a wood-fired boiler used to heat the main plant. Both of these use wood waste that would otherwise go to a landfill and they replace natural gas burners, saving an estimated $150,000 annually. What wood waste isn’t used in the kiln or boiler is often sold to farmers or wood pellet manufacturers. Even the bark is sold and made into landscaping mulch.
Similarly, JCS is making sure no wood goes to waste. The sustainability team at the Neosho, MO distribution center discovered that broken pallets and pieces of pallets were being thrown away. They worked with their recycler and installed a bin specifically for the wood. This initiative allowed Neosho to recycle an additional 13.74 tons of wood and contributed to their 32.7% reduction in solid waste for 2011.
European Facilities Saving Energy with New Roof, Renewable Energy Jarden facilities in Europe are working to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emission through a number of initiatives. CampingazItalia (CGIT) replaced its roof, removing 1290 square meters (13,885 square feet) of asbestos and installing new insulating panels. The results have been a substantial reduction in thermal transmittance and a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions.
Also, since the new roof qualifies for tax rebates, the payback on the project was shortened. Additionally, the Abu AB facility (a part of Pure Fishing) in Svängsta, Sweden has recently changed electricity suppliers to one that uses only renewable energy. This supplier gets 10% from wind power and 90% from water power. The estimated CO2 savings annually will be 250KG CO2 or approximately 13%.
MAPA Has Packaging Improvement “In the Bag” A plant in Malaysia making premium MAPA-branded gloves has moved from a three-component packing solution utilizing two plastic components and one paper to a single-component solution. This new gusset bag more efficiently uses the labeling space and reduces overall packaging material waste. The plant has seen a total packaging waste reduction of 81.9%! The plastic alone has seen a reduction of 58.3%.
Additionally, the new process reduces the number of steps needed to complete the packaging of the product, making it much easier to produce. Instead of two sealing processes as in the old package, the new process has only one. The new gusset bag nicely displays the premium product and promotes more efficient use of resources at the same time.
Facilities Take a Dim View of Inefficient Lighting Several facilities across multiple businesses have completed lighting retrofit projects for significant savings in energy. The JCS Brampton, Canada facility converted their pulse arc lighting to high-efficiency bulbs with motion detectors, reducing usage by 60%. US Playing Cards in Erlanger, KY retrofitted their entire manufacturing space, reducing the number of fixtures yet greatly increasing light output. With the new fixtures, USPC will end up saving upwards of $63,000 annually! Pure Fishing’s Spirit Lake, IA facility rolled out motion-activated lighting in 28,000 sq.ft. of line production area, saving 105,000 KWh annually.
Quickie has also posted signs by every light switch in their El Paso facility to encourage more efficient use of electricity among the employees using those areas. Finally, Jarden Safety & Security completed the lighting retrofit project in their Macungie, PA facility. Both the office and the warehouse got the upgrade with more efficient fixtures andmotion/activity sensors to reduce usage. USPC, Pure Fishing, and Safety &Security all received large rebates from their electrical service providers, which reduced payback times and increased ROI for the projects. These facilities are truly lighting the way!