LIMA — The Lima Procter & Gamble plant has made significant strides in recent years in reducing its overall environmental footprint. It’s a company-wide mission that’s good for the environment, good for Lima, good for consumers and good for the company’s shareholders.
Corporate leaders at P&G have every intention of continuing that eco-friendly philosophy by further reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, continuing to reduce water usage and by keeping virtually all solid waste generated at their production facilities out of area landfills.
Chad Brenneman serves as health, safety and environmental program leader at the Lima P&G plant, a manufacturing facility which he proudly said produces “a greater volume of products than any other Procter & Gamble site globally.”
It’s more products but less waste.
“The Lima P&G plant is the first fabric care production site in the U.S. to achieve the goal of sending zero percent of its manufacturing waste to the landfill,” Brenneman said. “We reached that goal in October of 2016, and it’s something we’re very proud of. We tell new employees that the coffee cup they may have in their hand is more waste than we send to the landfill from our manufacturing process in a year,” Brenneman said.
The company has established definitive, long-term goals and objectives for reducing its environmental footprint. Many 2020 goals have been reached, and P&G officials implemented additional strategies for 2030.
Using the 2009-2010 production year as a baseline for comparison, Brenneman said the Lima plant reduced overall energy use by 25 percent, seen an 85 percent reduction in the amount of greenhouse gas emitted, reduced waste generated by the manufacturing process by 82 percent and reduced water use by 4 percent.
Because 100 percent of the electricity used at the Lima P&G plant comes from a wind farm in Texas, Brenneman said the Allen County site is also one of just five factories in the fabric care industry nationwide to rely entirely on renewable energy for its production process.
“We reduced our footprint in all our metrics. We had significant victories in all those categories,” he said.
Procter & Gamble places great emphasis on eco-friendly manufacturing methods as well as producing products that are good for the planet. That’s because an increasing number of consumers are environmentally-conscious, as well.
“We’ve created products especially for the ‘green’ consumers,” said Brenneman. “When you see a bottle of Tide Pur Clean, that’s Lima. It’s a visual example of our commitment to the community.”
The eco-friendly philosophy implemented by P&G officials means more to Brenneman than just some entry on a corporate fact sheet.
“I grew up less than 10 miles from the plant. This is my home, my community, and this company’s sustainability efforts are our lasting legacy,” he said. “Working at P&G is a family atmosphere; we work for a greater good with a commitment to our community and our families.”
But resting on its laurels is not the P&G way.
“Even though we’ve had a lot of good wins … so what?” Brenneman said. “We continue to ask ourselves: ‘How do we continue to be a good corporate citizen and become even more energy efficient? How do we continue to improve?’”