13 Green (and Pink) Facts about Earth Day

04-21-2014 9:03 PM

There are some things we love around Mary Kay. The number 13. The color pink. Really good mascara. The planet earth. And, we love to celebrate everything we love. On, April 22, we will join the world in celebrating Earth Day 2014. More than any other time of the year, it’s a time to go green – with a dash of pink of course. Here are 13 interesting and fun facts about Earth Day and Mary Kay.

1. Earth Day is the world’s largest civic observance, with more than 1 billion participants worldwide.

2. The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970. One of the names considered for Earth Day was the National Environmental Teach-In. (You can see why they went with Earth Day!)

3. More than 20 million Americans took part in the first Earth Day in 1970.

4. Earth Day went global in 1990, putting environmental issues in the spotlight in 141 countries. 200 million people took part in Earth Day 1990.

5. In 1989 Mary Kay started a comprehensive corporate recycling program, one of the first corporations to do so.

6. In 1990 we introduced green packaging, including refillable compacts. Today, our products are shipped using biodegradable peanuts and environmental sustainability is a critical element in our manufacturing and supply chain process.

7. In 1991 Mary Kay won Environmental Excellence Award from EPA Region 6.

8. In 1993 Mary Kay received the first Fashion and Environment Award from UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme.

9. Earth Day 2000 focused on global warming and clean energy. It used ancient (talking drums) and modern technology (the Internet) to reach global citizens. 5,000 environmental groups in 184 countries took part in Earth Day 2000; the global audience was estimated in the hundreds of millions.

10. April 22 is also International Mother Earth Day, an observance established by the United Nations in 2009.

11. Paper is the item most discarded; Americans use about 600 pounds of paper per year per person.

12. In 2011 Mary Kay Global Manufacturing in Dallas achieved zero-landfill status, meaning that we can only send a maximum of 10% of our waste to a landfill. We are overachievers though. Most months we send absolutely ZERO to the landfill.

13. Mary Kay Ash said, “I feel very strongly that we must do everything in our power to save our planet, or our grandchildren will not have a place to live. Let me emphasize that Mary Kay Cosmetics is an environmental leader because we strongly feel it is the right thing to do.”

Mary-Kay-Dr.-Beth-LangeToday’s blog post is from Dr. Beth Lange. To learn more about Mary Kay’s sustainability efforts, visit the Pink Doing Green section on marykay.com.