топик Green Companies – S.C. Johnson

Windex®. Pledge®. Ziploc®. You’ve probably used a multitude of S.C. Johnson products without even knowing who made them. If you are an environmentalist, consider yourself lucky. S.C. Johnson is a very green company and has been for generations. S.C. Johnson is family-owned and each generation of CEO continues the company’s dedication to the environment. The current CEO is the original owner’s grandson.

Among S.C. Johnson’s contributions is the Greenlist ™ process. The Greenlist is a system that evaluates what impact certain materials will have on both humans and the environment. It classifies the materials based on how they affect health. It rates materials such as propellants, solvents, and insecticides. When S.C. Johnson used Greenlist, it removed tremendous amounts of pollutants from its products. To help other companies, S.C. Johnson licenses Greenlist to them and they don’t have to pay royalties!

S.C. Johnson promotes recycling. In the United States, the company uses recycled shipping containers and includes recycled resins in the plastic bottles. The company also recycles over 90% of solid waste from the production of materials such as paper, plastic, and steel. Steel recycling is now available in more and more communities and S.C. Johnson helped lead a recycling coalition. The group got more than five billion pounds of cans and aerosol containers! When people finish a can of Glade®, they should see if their community is one that accepts steel recycling.
The company is also reducing its use of coal for power. By doing so, they prevent great numbers of greenhouse gases every year. S.C. Johnson built its own power plant and no coal is used to run it. Instead, it runs on natural gas and methane. What’s interesting is that the plant gets this natural gas from a nearby landfill.

In addition to cleaning products and air fresheners, S.C. Johnson is the leading maker of pest control products such as Raid®, Baygon®, and Off®. The commitment to pest control is due in part to the dedication to prevent dangerous diseases. Since some diseases are insect-borne, S.C. Johnson wants their products to work. Besides improving performance, the company wants to work on technology to make the production costs decrease and, as a result, make the products less expensive so more low-income families can buy them.

Located in Wisconsin, the company generates revenues of around seven billion dollars a year. Money aside, the employees and managers are committed to the environment.

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