Environmental sustainability is more than a responsibility. It’s a powerful opportunity to create value in how we do business, how we serve our customers and how we engage employees. As a company that relies on the earth’s resources, we strive to strike a balance in growing efficiently while reducing the environmental impact of our actions. We are continuing to discover the best means to achieve this balance.
Our Committment to Wind: The Renewable Energy Project
It would be difficult to miss the five 20-kilowatt wind turbines standing beside the Menasha Packaging office and corporate headquarters in Neenah, Wis. They generate enough energy to power the office’s computers for more than 100 employees.
The turbines are not typical wind-farm towers; they are designed for urban use, mounted on 100-foot towers with blades spanning 15 feet. The turbine project plays a key role in Menasha’s commitment to incrementally shift energy consumption to cleaner technologies.
Other Environmental Improvements
Menasha Corporation Receives Green Master Award Fifth Straight Year in 2015
Menasha Corporation has received the Green Master Award for our actions related to energy, climate change, water, waste management, transportation, supply chain, community and educational outreach, workforce and governance. The recognition is awarded to the top 20% of companies in Wisconsin that are part of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters Program.
Green Tier Program
Menasha Packaging is a part of the Wisconsin DNR Green Tier Program, an environmental management system that is ISO 14001 equivalent. Every environmental touch point, process, goal and activity is documented for the measures we want to effect. Three Wisconsin-based packaging plants participate in the program.
ORBIS Named One of Food Logistics' 2015 Top Green Providers
Each year, Food Logistics, an industry trade publication, names the top green suppliers who provide the food industry with innovative ways to promote sustainability in their operations. In 2015, ORBIS was named one of Food Logistics’ “Top Green Providers” for the second year in a row.
Cool Choices Make Measurable Impact on Environment
Through our award-winning, companywide sustainability "Cool Choices" challenge, almost 600 employees in 2014 made thousands of responsible, voluntary choices that created positive impacts across our company and our employees' homes.
Calculator Compares Impacts of Packaging Redesign
Customers can evaluate the environmental impact of new packaging designs with an Environmental Sustainability Calculator from Menasha Packaging, comparing up to three different packaging designs and each one’s savings and environmental data in an easy-to-understand format.
Recycling Products for Home, Business and Communities
Our ORBIS division manufactures and markets high quality waste diversion and recycling products in the U.S., Canada and beyond. In fact, we have the largest line of “blue bins” for curbside recycling on the market.
We’ve created the Green Bin and Green Bin+ to lead in the production of carts for organic waste recycling and collection. And, our Earth Machine Backyard Compost Bin offers homeowners an effortless approach to keeping household waste from going to landfills. The ORBIS line also includes products that help people collect and divert rainwater. This reduces the amount of water entering storm sewers and helps conserve municipal water supplies.
91% Recycling Rate
Corrugated—like that used in Menasha Packaging products—is the single most recycled packaging material: 91% of corrugated produced in 2012 was recovered for recycling, and almost all of that material was recycled into new products. (Source: Corrugated Packaging Alliance)
A new vacuum system installed on an industrial press in ORBIS’ Silao, Mexico, plant, has successfully addressed reoccurring waste due to damaged foam pads caused by sharp pieces of scrap.
Leadership Program Pilots Energy Management
Menasha Packaging’s Hartford, Wis., facility joined a select number of the state’s largest industrial energy users in Focus on Energy’s SEM (Strategic Energy Management) Leaders Program. The initiative works to improve energy performance by integrating energy considerations into an organization’s decision-making. When the SEM process is complete, the Hartford facility will have a leading-edge continuous improvement program in place to optimize energy use and contribute to the plant’s cost competitiveness.
Many companies “do” environmental stewardship. At Menasha Corporation and our companies, we receive awards for it. Learn more >