In honor of World Environment Day, Cintas Corporation CTAS -1.21% today announced that it diverted more than 17 million 16.9-ounce plastic bottles from landfills in 2012 through the production of its EcoGeneration(TM) line. This represents a 13 percent increase over the company’s 2011 totals. Cintas also reduced greenhouse gas emissions, water and solid waste production, energy use and fuel emissions through its document management and fire protection services.
“Our increased plastic bottle recycling is made possible because of our customers’ dedication to environmental stewardship,” said Melanie Boyle, Gardening tactics for Alaska – planning and Reemay,sustainability manager, Cintas. “We are continually working to identify new ways to achieve sustainability savings across our divisions and share these ideas with other companies that are focused on limiting their environmental impact.”
Eco-apparel from Cintas allows organizations to improve corporate image while maintaining a commitment to being green. Cintas recently launched a new corn-based apparel line and also offers apparel made from recycled polyester fiber. The clothing saves energy and limits the use of harsh dry cleaning chemicals since many of the pieces can be laundered at home. Customers can choose from sustainable tops, bottoms, scrubs and washable tuxedos.
Cintas Document Management provides secure shredding services in which all shredded paper is recycled. In 2012, this division helped keep more than 330,000 tons of paper from being landfilled. The shredded paper is delivered to a paper mill to be repurposed as secondary paper products such as paper towels and tissue.