Healthy People, Healthy Planet

Environmental sustainability is part of who we are as a company. Providing health and well-being solutions to people around the world is as important as protecting our planet, and we’ve made great strides to reduce our impact through Sustainable Ways of Working (SWOW)SM.

In 2010, GOJO announced an ambitious plan to reduce our overall waste production and carbon footprint by lowering solid waste, as well as water use and greenhouse gas production. Here's what we've accomplished since:

2014 Solid Waste Reduction Infographic
Solid Waste Reduction

By reducing the amount of solid waste we produce, we not only prevent thousands of tons of material from entering landfills, we also create smarter, more efficient ways of producing our product and doing business. While we already recycle thousands of tons of metal, paper and cardboard, we want to continue to find new ways to lighten our load on the environment through smarter, more efficient ways of using our resources.

Yield Improvement
We’ve been evaluating and implementing waste elimination programs across all operations. From redesigning components to improve product quality and reduce waste, redesigning processes to be more efficient and tracking waste to measure our yield loss, we have been able to look at how we can continue to reduce our impact on the environment.

2014 Waste Recycled Infographic
By giving new life to paper, cardboard, batteries, scrap metal, plastic and more, GOJO has been able to recycle 3,872 tons of corrugated cardboard, saving an estimated 66,000 trees and 93 million gallons of water. We’ve also kept 253 tons of scrap metal out of landfills, saving almost 910 barrels and enough metal to make more than 600 hybrid cars. Plus, in our offices, we’ve managed to save 2,400 trees, a million gallons of water and 600,000 kWh of electricity by recycling 142 tons of office paper.

Using Unused Product Effectively
In 2010, we expanded our waste management initiative to earmark 25 percent of our 883 tons of product for other uses. By finding alternative purposes for unused product, we’ve been able to eliminate a tremendous amount of waste. We’ve recently partnered with an environmental consulting firm to reuse up to 90 percent of our unused product in other applications, like industrial equipment wash, floor wash and car wash.

Our Pens are Mightier
Americans discard 1.6 billion pens every year, and at GOJO, we use a lot of them. By looking at new ways to dispose of these common office items, we created a Writing Instrument Recycling Program. We partnered with Staples® and Newell Rubbermaid to send our used pens and markers to join the TerraCycle™ Writing Instrument Brigade, which uses recycled writing utensils to make items like storage totes. Plus, the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank receives a cash donation from TerraCycle based on the number of writing instruments we recycle.

Close the Loop (CTL)
At our Australia office, we are currently participating in CTL’s toner recycling program to contribute to sustainability efforts at the office services level. We have placed a toner recycling box in the office, and team members are encouraged to bring in their used toner cartridges to dispose of in an environmentally friendly manner.

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Water Use Reduction

Water is one of our most important, finite resources on our planet, and is key to sustaining life, so we understand just how vital it is to reduce consumption. The world’s population is growing like never before, and as time goes on, there will be an even greater strain to find water. Smart usage goes beyond just turning off faucets and fixing leaks, and we’re looking at every aspect of our consumption.

The GOJO Water Sustainability Goal
By utilizing water-saving strategies like reducing cycle time on drum and bucket washers, treating water with reverse osmosis for re-use floor scrubbers, improving the reverse osmosis system for increased efficiency, and modifying our cleaning and sanitization processes to reduce water consumption, we have significantly lowered the amount of water we use on a daily basis.

Exceeding Expectations
Not only did we meet our 30 percent reduction goal, we exceeded it two years early. In 2013, GOJO showed a 40 percent reduction in water consumption, which proved our strategies to be extremely effective in the effort to save one of our most precious resources.

Protecting Water Quality
Around the world, water is a precious resource. And at GOJO, aside from using as little as possible, we realize that some areas simply can’t access fresh water the way we can. That’s why PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer is recognized by Professor Didier Pittet, the hospital epidemiologist at the University of Geneva Hospital and Clinics as being a viable solution to hand hygiene in healthcare environments that don’t have access to clean water.

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Greenhouse Gas Reduction

At GOJO, we’ve been committed to reducing our greenhouse gas production for quite some time. Operations at GOJO have traditionally not had a significant carbon footprint. There is however, always room for improvement. In the past several years, we’ve refocused our efforts to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale. By assessing our current practices and applying what we’ve learned, we hope to continue to reduce our footprint in the future.

Building on Energy Conservation
Our state-of-the-art distribution center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio was designed and built with energy conservation in mind. The T8 fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last ten times longer. Smart sensors that shut off lights in unused areas and high-frequency battery chargers with auto shut-off for tow motors also keep energy usage low.

Always Improving
Although our 5 percent goal seemed on par with our current, efficient energy practices, we were able to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by an incredible 46 percent by 2013. By teaming up with West Virginia University, a designated U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Assessment Center, we were able to analyze and improve our energy management and reduction processes.