Earlier this month SC Johnson, the company that makes Ziploc bags, announced that it’s piloting a program to allow its bags to be recycled with all other plastics. Now it’s making them even more environmentally friendly, by powering the facility where they’re made with 100 percent wind power.
The company announced today (May 31) that its manufacturing site in Bay City, MI, is now getting locally sourced wind power to run all of its operations. The facility is where the company makes its popular food storage bags.
"With our third site powered entirely by wind energy, almost one third of SC Johnson's energy usage globally now comes from renewable sources," said Kelly M. Semrau, senior vice president of Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. "We are proud of our commitment and progress toward taking care of the environment for future generations."
The company, which has operations across the globe, is using various types of renewable energy at different facilities. More than 32 percent of the SC Johnson’s energy use now comes from renewable sources, it said.
Its largest global manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant, WI, is powered by two wind turbines generating 8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. The two turbines at the Waxdale facility are on 415-foot tall wind towers.
In Indonesia SC Johnson uses waste biomass as an energy source. The company said it’s reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 13,000 metric tons in Indonesia alone.
Still, it has a heavy reliance on wind. Its manufacturing operations in Mijdrecht, Netherlands, and Gorzow, Poland are both totally powered by wind. The plant in Mijdrecht generates wind energy on site and purchases approximately 50 percent of its power from wind power on the grid there. The Gorzow facility purchases all of its energy from wind as well.
In committing to more renewable energy SC Johnson is among some of the nation’s largest businesses in making its operations cleaner and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and increasing its usage of renewable energy. From its 2000 baseline, SC Johnson has now cut is its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 52 percent.Tweet