Pink Doing Green

12-13-2011 8:02 AM

Dr. Beth Lange, Chief Scientific Officer for Mary KayToday’s guest blogger is Dr. Beth Lange, Chief Scientific Officer.  Dr. Lange leads Mary Kay’s Research & Development division and due to her passion for nature also champions our corporate environmental sustainability efforts.

Happy Holidays!  I love this time of year.  It is a joyous time to spend with family & friends celebrating.  I want to share with you some of the things we are celebrating at Mary Kay, and one of them is Pink Doing Green.  2011 was a stellar year for our Pink Doing Green programs. 

We started off the year with the Mary Kay Global Month of Service, leading up to the celebration of International Women’s Day.  Around the world, Mary Kay employees, customers and Independent Beauty Consultants donated their time and energy to make our world a better place.  Together we planted butterfly gardens, cleaned parks and picked up litter along roadways.  In April, we had a blast celebrating Earth Day with our local communities.  We shared our Pink Doing Green message with several thousand Dallas-area students and residents.  And our Western US Distribution Branch spent the day planting trees in their community.In July we challenged our Independent Sales Force to help us with our recycling efforts and bring their used product caps and cases to Seminar.  These are the plastic flip-top caps and color refill cases that are not recyclable in every community.  The Sales Force responded to the challenge with a bang!  We recycled over 52,000 caps and cases from this single event!  Those are 52,000 caps and cases that will not go to a landfill!

And speaking of not putting anything in a landfill, we hit an enormous milestone in our goal to be zero-landfill at our Global Manufacturing Facility.  At Mary Kay, we want to make your products in an environmentally responsible way.  With zero-landfill, our goal is not to send any manufacturing waste to a landfill.  Have you ever seen a crowd cheering a garbage truck?  At Mary Kay we did just that when we hit this milestone.  This garbage truck was special.  It was not going to a landfill, but to a facility that would turn our trash into energy!  Mary Kay employees lined the street with green pom-poms and noisemakers and cheered their hearts out.

I hope you had a fabulous 2011.  I look forward to sharing more exciting news about Pink Doing Green in 2012!