For the first time since tracking global waste and recycling, Promega is recycling more than we are sending to the landfill; this includes over 4,400 square feet of pipet tip boxes that were recycled in 2011. Since 2008, recycling efforts globally have increased 31%.
Paper usage has decreased by 86% as a result of transitioning in 2008 from most paper catalogs, instruction manuals, print marketing and other corporate communications to electronic formats. Ongoing efforts to reduce paper consumption include using recycled paper and duplex printing and use of iPad® devices by field applications specialists at many global branch locations. European branches also offer electronic invoices to customers.
Water usage, a key component in manufacturing at Promega continues to be a focus for conservation. Thanks to focus on improving efficiency in 2011, Promega realized a 4% reduction in water usage when indexed to revenue. Also, Promega locations worldwide incorporate design features to minimize water use and natural water reclamation.
In 2011 all global logistics hubs have transitioned to unbleached shipping boxes to avoid the harmful environmental impacts of bleaching corrugate. Unbleached corrugate uses less virgin wood, less energy, and produces fewer waste and air emissions than bleached corrugate.