Secret Site Map
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Home News Dow AgroSciences Announces More Sustainable Packaging

Dow AgroSciences Announces More Sustainable Packaging

Supplier News

Dow AgroSciences is now using shipping boxes made of a minimum of 65 percent post-consumer recycled content for its pest management and crop protection products manufactured in North America.

| March 18, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS  — Dow AgroSciences is now using shipping boxes made of a minimum of 65 percent post-consumer recycled content for its pest management and crop protection products manufactured in North America.

“Sustainability is a part of corporate culture, and so much of what we do is focused on continuous improvement,” said Lindsay Farley, product manager for Dow AgroSciences structural pest management.

In 2008, Dow AgroSciences began investigating the use of higher recycled paper content in the boxes for products manufactured in North America. At that time, shipping boxes contained only 20 percent recycled material.

“We challenged ourselves to see how high we could go on the recycled content, and we were very pleased that we could go as high as we did,” said Paul Ouillette, senior packaging engineer, who led the sustainability initiative. “This is about moving the sustainability bar higher for our company.”

Reducing Environmental Impact
During a six-month period in 2010, more than 85,000 boxes made with the new material had been manufactured and used for Dow AgroSciences products, including the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, with zero packaging material defects. All shipping boxes were converted by the end of 2010, and now feature a recycling logo denoting the change in packaging material.

Compared with the 20 percent recycled material boxes that were used previously, the new material represents annual savings of more than 2 million pounds of solid waste, more than 13.5 million gallons of waste water, more than 33,400 harvested virgin trees, and more than 3 million pounds of carbon dioxide release.

“Sustainability is fundamentally about the idea of zero waste, and this project is a great example of what can be done to move in that direction,” Farley said.
 

Top news

Cook’s Open House Showcases State-of-the-Art Training Facilities

Residential and commercial training centers provide hands-on educational opportunities in a “real-world” setting for technicians and sales personnel.

Bed Bugs Turn Up in Senate Office Building

The pests were found on the sixth floor of the Dirksen building last week, causing officials to take emergency measures such as closing off a restroom for a couple of days with yellow police tape, the Daily Caller reports.

'Super Ants' Discovered in London

An invasion of super ants that are attracted to electricity is feared to be spreading across the south of the country after a large nest was discovered in a house in London, metro.co.uk reports.

Mayor Dies After Wasp Attack

The mayor of a Quebec, Canada community died of anaphylactic shock after after being attacked by wasps while on vacation.

ESA Announces Newly Certified ACEs — July 2014

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) announced 16 new Associated Certified Entomologists.