Sony offices, warehouses, and manufacturing across Europe have already cut out CO2 emissions dramatically but they are aiming to cut emissions by another 10% in 2010 for their United Kingdom specific sites. Now days because most electronics and products are built cheap, when something breaks they are usually thrown away instead of fixing them. It is usually cheaper to buy a new one than to have it fixed. This has caused a very real dilemma for American’s as a whole. Along with this a program which started September 15 allows consumers to drop off any old Sony products to Waste Management locations free of charge. This free drop off only applies to Sony products and includes, TV’s, DVD players, stereos, etc. The relationship between Sony and Waste Management is the largest of its kind. Sony stated that within a year they hope to increase the number of drop off centers from 75 to 150. The long term goal of having a drop off center approximately every 20 miles of 95% of the United States population. Sony’s president and chief operating officer, Stan Glasgow, has said, “Providing the highest level of service and support doesn’t stop once a purchase is made. We believe it is Sony’s responsibility to provide customers with end-of-life solutions for all the products we manufacture… Through the Take Back Recycling Program, our customers will know that their Sony products will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.”
A new product which Kimberly Clark is coming out with is the toilet paper rolls without cardboard tubes in the center. This can seem like its not a big deal, but Americans on average go through 17 billion rolls of toilet paper a year. This produces almost 160 million pounds of waste annually. Along with coming out with the tubeless toilet paper rolls, are the Huggies Pure and Natural diapers which are made from natural organic materials and ingredients. The new Huggies Pure & Natural diaper is hypoallergenic, latex and fragrance free. The outer cover includes organic cotton, and the liner has natural Aloe and Vitamin E. The product’s packaging contains at least 20% recycled materials. Preliminary response from retail stores has been positive. Most of the company’s retail customers have already submitted orders for Huggies Pure & Natural diapers and will be giving shelf space to the new product. Along with the release of these new products, Kimberly Clark will integrate their new marketing campaign. This includes print and online advertising, websites, coupons, and in store promotions to entice customers to purchase Kimberly Clark products. Kimberly Clark has also stated that it will set a goal to obtain 100 percent of the company’s wood fiber for tissue products, including the Kleenex brand from environmentally responsible resources. Along with that Kimberly Clark is also going to ensure that at least 40 percent of its North American tissue fiber is either recycled or FSC certified. This is a 71 percent increase from 2007 levels which represents 600,000 tons of fiber.
Sysco has recently opened a new facility in Houston, Texas which is the beginning of their going green movement. The new facility is 585,000 square feet in which all of its pallet trucks and forklifts are powered by fuel cells. Along with transforming their trucks and forklifts to become more fuel efficient, they have also been reducing the kilowatt-hour usage company wide by installing compact fluorescent lighting. They are planning on cutting energy usage by about 30-40% in the Houston facility, with plans to replicate that decrease in energy usage in all of its facilities. Much of Sysco’s inbound freight has been converted to rail, while the rest of it has been shifted to move in fully loaded trucks. This means that there will be fewer trucks on the road with lower fuel consumption to move the same amount of total cases. A final step that Sysco is enacting in order to reduce the waste is to increase the amount of electronic billing and payments. They stated, a weekly customer can reduce their carbon footprint by 22.5 pounds per year. If 50,000 customers used electronic billing and payments, then Sysco could eliminate about 1.3 million pounds of CO2 per year.
In past months, UPS has announced its effort to increase the fuel efficiency in its vehicle fleet. But now they are saying that they are going to raise the average miles-per-gallon fuel efficiency by 20% by 2020. This is a major step for the company in going green, because previously they were going to raise the average MPG by roughly 10%. UPS has invested in almost 2000 alternative fuel vehicles already and along with that it also plans to improve its carbon output of its airplanes by 20% as well by 2020. Laboratory tests have shown that this new hybrid technology will potentially reduce fuel use by 1000 gallons per year for package delivery vehicles. EPA estimates that upfront costs for the hybrid components could be recouped in fewer than three years for a typical delivery vehicle. The net savings over the vehicle’s lifespan could exceed $50,000, assuming current fuel prices. UPS operates one of the largest delivery fleets in the world. UPS alone has invested over $15 millions in its alternative fuel fleet. Their alternative fuel fleet consists of 1500 hydrogen fuel cells, liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas, electric and propane-powered trucks. Their fleet has been expanded to Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Brazil, and the United States.
Over the years people have come to notice how the products of S.C. Johnson such as Windex have been made with environmentally unfriendly products and chemicals. Saran Wrap has cut the amount of polyvinylidene chloride that it uses in its wrap by four million pounds. Along with cutting the amount of chemicals S.C. Johnson uses, is the amount of coal-fired plants which are being replaced by natural gas and methane powered facilities
Goldman Sachs which started to become a very unprofitable company, has regained some of its popularity. The company recently invested $1.5 million in solar, ethanol, and wind power has paid off. Texas Pacific and Kolhberg Kravis Roberts have both recently consulted Goldman Sachs about starting their own environmentally focused projects. In the past couple weeks Goldman Sachs has launched a new environmentally based project which requires its 24,000 employees to promote eco-friendly practices and would encourage its own clients to use appropriate safeguards to help keep the environment safe. Goldman Sachs also stated that it would conduct extensive environmental studies and the company will also increase its carbon trading activities. Carbon trading activities allow companies to emit certain amounts of carbon dioxide and also sell the right if they emit less.
Toyota which is recognized for releasing the Prius, which is the mass-market hybrid car that is now sold in over 40 countries, is changing their ways. The Prius is now considered the most fuel efficient car in the United States as of 2009. It gets a stunning 48 miles per gallon and is rated in the top five least carbon emitting cars in the UK. Over the past two weeks 8300 NRDC activists sent emails and faxes to Toyota urging the company to support a senate bill that would set a 35 mile per gallon requirement by 2020. Some people are still hesitant to believe that Toyota is going to live up to its image as the green automaker. Toyota is now challenging GM as the world’s largest automaker and has aggressively promoted the Tundra pickup in the lucrative large truck segment. Only time will tell whether Toyota will remain on top as the largest green automaker.