Hand sanitizer distributor GOJO partners with Ohio-based recycler g2 to recycle unused hand sanitizer, soap to be used in products including floor soap, industrial vehicle washes
September 20, 2011
– A symbiotic relationship established between GOJO Industries and g2 revolution is serving up sustainable waste management benefits and social contributions that are good for people and community.
GOJO and g2 revolution are collaborating to divert waste material from landfills, give second life to unused hand sanitizer and soap, and provide meaningful employment for people with handicaps.
"In our sustainable waste management efforts, our goal is to divert an additional 39% of our unused soap from our waste stream," said Sunshine Scherer, GOJO environmental manager. "It is an ambitious goal, but by working with g2 revolution and others, we believe we can accomplish the goal within a year."
Billy Watterson, president and recycling innovations officer at g2 revolution, described his company's sustainable waste management work with GOJO as a win-win-win proposition.
"We collect unused soap from resources such as GOJO and extract valuable materials that we reblend into new products such as our floor soap, and our industrial vehicle and floor washes," Waterson said. "We also purchase hand sanitizer that is unused to heat our buildings."
g2 revolution's primary processing operation is in Findlay, Ohio, where the recycler/reuser partners with Blanchard Valley Industries, a sheltered workshop for handicapped clients, for the labor to segregate the materials delivered for processing. This is consistent with the GOJO Sustainability Policy, which pledges to "express our commitment to social well-being by... partnering with organizations that advance sustainability, public health and education in the communities where we operate."
The work g2 revolution accomplishes is important in Scherer's sustainable waste management efforts.
"GOJO is committed to developing innovative ideas that have sustainable social, environmental, and economic benefits," Scherer said. "We are delighted to collaborate with g2 revolution to see that materials we formerly would have put into the waste stream are now given a second life with added value."
About GOJO GOJO Industries, Inc., inventors of PURELL(R) Instant Hand Sanitizer, distributes PURELL in consumer and away-from-home markets throughout the world. In addition, GOJO manufactures and distributes a full line of products under GOJO(R) and PROVON(R) brand names. GOJO has a 64-year history of leadership in improving well-being through hand hygiene and healthy skin. GOJO has products and programs to kill germs on hands and solve skin care-related problems in a variety of markets, including healthcare, foodservice, food processing, manufacturing, automotive, education, government and military. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australasia, Japan and Brazil.