We believe we must change the way we see our world. The change must start everywhere and by everyone. That’s why Joico has implemented one of the largest private industrial sustainability programs in the nation.
Packaging Done Right
At Zotos, we are at the forefront of environmentally friendly materials. In 2011, we launched revolutionary hybrid bio-plastic resin packaging, making us one of the first beauty companies in the world to use this kinder, gentler approach to product containment. A composite of post-consumer recycled plastic and thermoplastic starch derived from plants, this innovative material–unlike other bio-plastics–reduces potential contamination in recycling streams. As a result, Zotos is reducing its packaging-related greenhouse gas emissions by more than 75%. But we’re not stopping there. Our bottles are manufactured with up to 70% post-consumer recycled plastic; cartons are made of 100% recycled paperboard; and we eliminate wasteful paper inserts by printing information right on the inside of our cartons. Zotos is committed to finding new ways to shine in our bright, beautiful, precious world… not just today, but for the generations ahead.
Wind In The Works
It’s the hour of power—wind power, that is. And Zotos International, Inc. has jumped in full force. Over the past several years, Zotos has invested in the installation and operation of wind turbines as an alternative source of electricity to help power our Geneva, NY plant. Wind power, one of the fastest growing forms of new electricity generation in the US, reduces our reliance on fossil-fueled energy, and increases our use of clean, renewable energy. In 2011, we secured a spot on the 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Top 20 On-Site Generation list by installing two 364-foot wind turbines in Geneva; at the same time, we earned recognition from the American Wind Energy Association for being one of the top 2011 on-site wind projects currently launched by a manufacturing company in the United States.
The payoffs are big—both for us and for the environment. In 2014, the wind turbines at Zotos produced 2.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean electricity. (As a point of comparison, the average, 1,900-square-foot residence in NY State uses almost 7,000 kilowatt hours per year.) What does this mean? Simply put: that our environmentally sophisticated turbines generated enough electricity to power 355 households last year. And we’re not done yet: We plan to increase turbine production by another 5% in 2015.
Carbon Offset Program
We are committed to eliminating our carbon footprint and leading sustainable business practices; therefore we have joined forces with Verus Carbon Neutral to offset 100 percent of our Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from our manufacturing facility in Geneva, New York. We will completely neutralize our carbon footprint in 2011, making us one of the first US companies in the beauty industry to do so. Zotos supports the following initiatives, helping to reduce carbon emissions locally and globally:
Valley Wood Carbon Sequestration Project – One of the Chicago Climate Exchange’s (CCX) first projects using a managed forest protocol, the Valley Wood Carbon Sequestration Project protects more than 64,000 acres of forested land.
Andhyodaya Biogas Project – Andhyodaya, a non-governmental organization based in Kerala, India, works with local farmers to convert organic waste into cooking gas, while helping to destroy methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes approximately 25 times more towards global warming than CO2.
Rocky Reach Run-of-River Hydroelectric Project – Located in north central Washington State on the Columbia River, the Rocky Reach Run-of-River Hydroelectric Project is recognized nationally for their efforts to protect the environment. In 2009, the project generated 5.4 million megawatt-hours of renewable electricity. In addition, more than 3 million dollars were invested in fish protection improvements.
By supporting these projects, we will offset more than 5,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the environment.
Zotos is working hard to minimize our environmental footprint in other areas as well. In 2015, we’ll be reducing water usage, wastewater generation, and waste generation itself by a full 10%, by rolling out improved inventory control, production management, and streamlined cleaning procedures.
Joico is a subsidiary of Zotos International, Inc.