Happy Earth Day!

04-22-2013 11:00 AM

Today is a wonderful day to celebrate nature and reflect on how we can make our lives a little greener.  For me, every day is Earth Day through Pink Doing Green efforts.  Our Pink Doing Green programs work to infuse environmental sustainability throughout Mary Kay. 

At Mary Kay, it all starts with high quality, safe ingredients.  These ingredients are then transformed into the Mary Kay products we all love.  Many of our products are manufactured at our zero-landfill Global Manufacturing Site in Dallas, TX.  By definition, zero landfill means that we can only send a maximum of 10% of our waste to a landfill.  And most months, we send zero percent to the landfill!  We do this by trying to reduce waste generated in the first place and by recycling everything we can.  In fact last year, our Global Manufacturing Site recycled over 6 million pounds of paper, plastic, metal, cardboard, etc. and 29 tons of alcohol.  After manufacture, products are packaged and sent to a distribution center.  Did you know that even our US and Canadian Distribution Centers are zero-landfill?

Next, a Mary Kay Independent Sales Force member receives her product in a recyclable cardboard box filled with biopeanuts to cushion the ride.  Biopeanuts are a compostable, biodegradable alternative to standard Styrofoam packing peanuts.  Our biopeanuts are made of renewable corn and potato starch – and easily dissolve in water. Once you receive your Mary Kay product, it is your turn to be green and gorgeous with our refillable color compacts and Botanical Effects skin care line. 

Lastly, I encourage you to help us complete the cycle by recycling your packaging.  Our cartons can be recycled through most municipal recycling programs.  In addition, Mary Kay Inc. will plant one tree in the United States, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service, for every 10 flip-top caps and/or color refill cases sent back to us.  For details, click here.

 

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