Green Manufacturing Award
For an employer that has maximized energy efficiency levels, gone above and beyond regulatory requirements, minimized waste from the production process and reduced carbon footprint. Converting green manufacturing into a business opportunity is also considered.
Earth Friendly Products, which makes environmentally friendly and toxin-free household and commercial cleaning products, has made green manufacturing a priority for decades. The efforts are paying off. The company switched to 100 percent renewable energy in 2010 and in 2013 achieved carbon neutrality — avoiding emission of nearly 54 million pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Strict waste management programs have earned them more than $180,000 from selling recyclables since 2010 and cut their overall waste by 95 percent, saving them $110,000 in trash disposal costs. Earth Friendly Products encourages a more sustainable lifestyle for employees as well, providing green benefits such as a $2,000 incentive to buy an eco-friendly car, a $1,000 relocation incentive to move closer (to within 10 miles) of the facility, and a $2,000 incentive to install solar panels on the employee’s family home.