Burt’s Bees. Zero Waste. In 2020.

Via Lindsey Block
on Jan 21, 2009
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Although Burt’s Bees sold out to the man-Clorox– a few years back for a whopping $913 Million, the brand claims to still be green.  While the chapstick and other beeswax products contain all ‘natural’ ingredients, Burt’s Bees employees are putting themselves to work to keep their mission green.

18 months back the company set a goal of zero waste.  Since then, “the company has cut their waste stream from 40 tons per month down to 10 tons.”  But to further their efforts, the employees stocked up on two weeks of trash and went dumpster diving in addition.  Their findings will save them $25,000 a year and will get them all that much closer to their “goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2020.”

In order to get the message of zero waste across to all the employees, their hands-on activity of sorting through two weeks plus of trash made them realize that most their waste could be recycled if they had the right facilities.  The employees are using these green practices at work and at home to have a far less output and a greater impact.


About Lindsey Block

Lindsey Block spends her weekdays as part of the Elephant Journal crew and her weekends hiking or picnicking at the park with a book. She's been a vegetarian for most of her adult life and delights in cooking up a new recipe (even though she really just wants to make tacos). She currently lives in Southern California.


3 Responses to “Burt’s Bees. Zero Waste. In 2020.”

  1. Heather says:

    I use Burt's beeswax moisturizing cream every morning after washing my face——it's the only moisturizer strong enough for my super dry skin in Boulder's uber dry climate. I was a daily user before they sold to Clorox and have remained so since the sale. I've kept my eyes peeled for any ingredient changes, and so far everything seems to be the same.

  2. ndsmith says:

    Wow. I remember sorting through trash bins at a previous job (food service–Vail Resorts) to find recyclables. It’s not pretty.

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