Sheboygan-based Rockline Industries, one of the world’s largest private-label manufacturers of consumer wet wipes and coffee filters, has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent and solid waste in its wipe operations by 39 percent.
These results were released in Rockline’s 2014 Annual Environmental Sustainability Report, the company’s sixth annual report since it launched its environmental sustainability program in 2008. The report documents its successes, challenges and progress in the areas of energy, greenhouse gas emissions, wastewater, solid waste, landfill and emissions from outbound transportation.
By reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent, Rockline surpassed its goal of a 15 percent reduction by the end of fiscal year 2015. The company says it decreased its emissions by continuing to replace its forklifts with battery-electric models and by expanding the geothermal heating and cooling system in its 1.2 million-square-foot production facility in Booneville, Ark.
Rockline’s 39 percent reduction of solid waste in its wipe operations exceeded its five-year goal of 20 percent. This reduction is attributed to a focus on measuring, reducing and eliminating waste from all steps in the manufacturing process.
“As in our previous reports, we have provided a transparent view of the company’s progress toward our sustainability targets. Transparency drives us internally and allows our stakeholders to understand our achievements and challenges,” said Randy Rudolph, president of Rockline Industries. “At Rockline, sustainability is truly a never-ending journey of continuous improvement.”
The full report can be viewed at www.rocklineind.com/environmental-sustainability.