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Zero Heroes Worldwide (well, almost!)

Alfred eat, live and breathe sustainability. Our business manages the recycling of gypsum-based products into reusable products and materials. We are proud to be an efficient small company with a zero-waste policy. We are focusing today’s blog on the companies worldwide that share the same ethos. The top ten ‘Zero Heroes’.


1. Google: With offices worldwide, Google initially focused on their data centres and now have six centres that send zero waste to landfill. With a further 86% of their non-data waste across the rest of the offices either recycled or reused. https://sustainability.google/

Interesting Fact: Google employees recycle or reuse their office furniture to add to the cause!


2. Subaru: Three of Subaru’s plants, one in America and two in Japan, have reported zero waste for 12 years, with an overall goal of all plants operated by Subaru to become zero waste. That is currently a saving of $1-2 million annually. https://www.subaru.co.uk/subaru-and-the-environment/


3. New Belgium Brewing: Considerable research was carried out by this company to consider how they could recycle 100% of their waste. They currently recycle 99.9% by repurposing materials. https://www.newbelgium.com/sustainability/


4. Unilever: Up to 240 factories and 400 sites operate under zero waste and share their zero waste model with other corporations worldwide. https://www.unilever.co.uk/sustainable-living/


5. General Motors: Since 2016, GM has 152 zero waste facilities across the world. Employees recycle, re-use or convert waste energy to help achieve this. https://www.gm.com/

Interesting Fact: GM converts old battery covers into wildlife nesting boxes!


6. Microsoft: Owing to the sheer size of the corporation, Microsoft consider they have a duty to the world to be as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible. They now operate a 90% reduction of waste sent to landfill. Microsoft provide a working from home scheme for their employees and a carpool incentive to help their reduction of waste. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/corporate-responsibility/sustainability


7. Sierra Nevada: Operating with an impressive 99.8-100% diverted from landfill. They have achieved this by sending all their used brewery ingredients to local farms to be reused as farm feed and turning the rest of their waste into compost. https://sierranevada.com/about/sustainability/


8. Fetzer Vineyards: The business completely operates using renewable energy. Fetzer is also the first company in the world to receive a B Corporation status https://www.fetzer.com/

Interesting fact: Unilever has pledged that by 2025, all their packaging will be recyclable or reusable for consumers.


9. Toyota: Since 2015, Toyota have decreased their waste by 96% through reducing, reusing and recycling https://global.toyota/en/sustainability/


10. Proctor & Gamble: With locations worldwide, P&G has some interesting ways of recycling and repurposing waste. In Hungary, production scraps are sent to a local cement company to help produce bricks,. In China, waste is composted and used as soil in public parks and in India, manufacturing scraps are repurposed into wall partitions in the construction industry. https://www.pg.co.uk/environmental-sustainability/

And last, but not least,


11. Alfred: The UK’s largest hander of plasterboard and gypsum based waste, recycle 100% of materials collected to be reused as the same product or repurposed for use in the agricultural industry for soil, or the construction industry for cement.

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