In keeping with our Pink Doing GreenSM philosophy, knowing that our actions today impact future generations, Mary Kay is always looking for ways to be more sustainable and green.
Mary Kay's global manufacturing facility in Dallas is leading the way in waste reduction. By following environmentally responsible practices and implementing an extensive recycling program, this facility has achieved status as a zero-landfill site and water consumption has decreased by more than 20 percent.
Our efforts don't stop there. Mary Kay distribution centers both in the United States and China ship orders using packing materials made from renewable corn and potato starch (biopeanuts), which are 100 percent biodegradable. We're working to reduce our carbon footprint, with four facilities powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Through a concerted global water reduction challenge, Mary Kay has helped save 28 million gallons of water around the world in just one year.
Mary Kay is one of the first companies to implement extensive recycling programs that now include product-line packaging, paper, plastic, corrugated cardboard, ink cartridges, old cell phones and aluminum. And many Mary Kay product inserts are printed on paper with a minimum of 20 percent recycled content.
The Mary Kay® Botanical EffectsTM skin care line was developed with the environment in mind. Product tubes are made from 50 percent post-consumer resin, using lightweight caps, and the cartons are made with 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials.
At our global headquarters in the United States, Mary Kay encourages the independent sales force to return their recyclable color refill cases and flip-top caps – and for every 10 received, we plant one tree with support from the U.S. Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation®. And in China, Mary Kay encourages Independent Beauty Consultants, employees and consumers to use meticulously crafted, environmentally friendly bags. Proceeds from this program have helped the region plant more than 100,000 trees.
At Mary Kay, the beauty business is about more than cosmetics and skin care. Our partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation® have helped with reforestation efforts in Montana's Bitterroot National Forest, Colorado's Pike National Forest and Bastrop State Park in Texas. Worldwide, the Company has committed to planting one million trees. Mary Kay employees around the world have participated in tree-planting initiatives as representatives of the Company's commitment to Pink Doing GreenSM.