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SC Johnson Notes Green Gains in Sustainability Report

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February 21, 2013

Privately-held SC Johnson has cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduced product waste, improved ingredients, expanded renewable product lines and set new goals in a recently released sustainability report.

The 40-page report details the company’s progress in meeting goals set in 2000, and outlines new initiatives including the addition of wind turbines at its largest manufacturing facility.

Since 2001, the percentage of "better" or "best" ingredients in SC Johnson products has increased from 18 percent to 50 percent, and cut greenhouse gas emissions at factories worldwide by more than 42 percent since its 2000 baseline (indexed to production). The company continued to advance toward its waste and emissions reduction goal, cutting
57 percent since 2000.

The company started up two 415-foot-tall wind turbines at their largest global manufacturing facility near SC Johnson’s Wisconsin headquarters, enabling the facility to make, on average, 100 percent of its electrical energy onsite. It has also expanded concentrated cleaner refills to five brands, now available in mini bottles made of the same recyclable plastic as a milk jug.

Last year marked the first year of SC Johnson’s newest five-year environmental strategy, to expand its greenhouse gas focus, explore new ways to minimize landfill impact and continue improving product chemistry.

In 2012, SC Johnson launched two new programs. The SC Johnson Sustainable Behavior Change Program is a five-year research project to identify what drives behavior change around sustainable actions such as recycling. And the Green Choices Recycling Challenge, a consumer action initiative that provides an opportunity to study what drives behavior change.

The company has also launched a consumer initiative to study and encourage recycling by families.

 

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