U.S. ZERO WASTE BUSINESS COUNCIL PRESENTS ZERO WASTE PLATINUM CERTIFICATION TO
EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
Earth Friendly Products Receives Prestigious Zero Waste Platinum Certification
From the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council
Earth Friendly Products is the first company to have all manufacturing facilities certified Platinum Zero Waste
Cypress, CA (Nov. 17, 2015)— Earth Friendly Products (EFP), the makers of ECOS laundry detergent and other award-winning, eco-friendly cleaning products, is pleased to announce it has received the prestigious Zero Waste Platinum certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC). In honor of America Recycles Day, a nationally recognized day in November dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States, this certification was presented to Earth Friendly Products on November 16, 2015.
EFP’s Addison facility is the fourth of the company’s five facilities to receive the Zero Waste Platinum certification. EFP’s fifth facility in Lacey, Washington, has also received the Platinum certification, making EFP the first company to have all of its manufacturing facilities certified Platinum Zero Waste, the highest possible distinction from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council.
EFP’s waste reduction accomplishments include:
- Diversion of over 95 % of all waste from landfills and incineration at all five facilities through reducing, recycling and reusing
- Over 90 % reduction of waste sent to landfills for all facilities since 2009
- Waste diversion that exceeds local and state diversion mandates
- Savings of over $500,000 annually from the company’s waste diversion programs
- Implementation of creative upstream efforts to prevent waste
- Creation of a template source-separation system to maximize recycling revenues and material qualities
- Implementation of employee incentives to participate in Zero Waste initiatives, the solicitation of employee feedback and the creation of collection programs that minimize contamination and increase participation
“We have created standards and baselines for the implementation of Zero Waste practices and policies for businesses that are very high and not easily attained. EFP goes above and beyond these to do the right thing, which is very impressive,” said Stephanie Barger, founder and executive director of USZWBC. “EFP is a shining example and leader in the Zero Waste community. It has been a member of the USZWBC since the beginning, and we can learn from its example.”
“At Earth Friendly Products we believe that Zero Waste programs lead us to a more sustainable future. To achieve Platinum Zero Waste level certification, we implemented comprehensive training and educational programs that extend to all five of our manufacturing facilities,” said Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh, Vice President of Sustainability and Education at EFP. “Operating in Zero Waste–certified facilities demonstrates how serious we are about shaping a low-carbon and Zero Waste economy future. We hope other companies will follow in our footsteps,” continued Dr. Afsharmanesh.
EFP is a primary manufacturer with facilities in Cypress, California; Addison, Illinois; Lacey, Washington; Parsippany, New Jersey; and Opa Locka, Florida. EFP’s California facility was the first to receive Zero Waste Platinum certification in 2014, followed by Florida, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington in 2015.
About Earth Friendly Products
Family owned and operated since 1967, Earth Friendly Products is dedicated to providing environmentally friendly products with superior cleaning results. Earth Friendly Products distributes ECOSä laundry detergent and over 150 other green cleaning products throughout the United States and to over 60 countries. Earth Friendly Products makes all its household and commercial cleaners using plant-based ingredients and environmentally friendly production processes. As a primary manufacturer with five facilities strategically located throughout the U.S., Earth Friendly Products is a carbon neutral manufacturer that saves over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually. Earth Friendly Products received the U.S. EPA’s coveted Safer Choice Partner of the Year award for its innovations in safer chemistry, and it makes more Safer Choice–certified products than any other company. www.ecos.com
About the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC)
Launched in January of 2012 and headquartered in Corona Del Mar, California, the mission of the USZWBC mission is to educate, inform and document the performance of Zero Waste businesses using scientific methods to help businesses and communities become healthier and more sustainable. USZWBC offers the only national Zero Waste standards focused on upstream policies and processes and Zero Waste training through webinars and workshops, and it is the leader in creating a solid foundation that advances the integrity and credibility of Zero Waste.
About Zero Waste
According to the Zero Waste International Alliance (www.zwia.org), Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, guiding people to change their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.
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