McCormick Distilling Company is an industry leader in undertaking initiatives to preserve the environment by reducing waste and resource consumption in the production of alcoholic beverages.
On average, we recycle 170 tons of material annually from our day-to-day operations, including PET, glass, packaging components, metals, electronics, and paper. We have also established an on-site recycling center at our Weston Facility to assist employees with their home recycling efforts.
We have implemented a number of measures to reduce paper consumption, including document imaging, electronic invoicing, electronic order confirmation, deskside paper recycling bins, office paper that is 30% post-consumer waste, double-sided printing, outbound email tagged with a notification to consider the environment before printing, a multimedia conference room designed for teleconference communications and projector accessibility to minimize the need for paper handouts.
In 2007, the company purchased renewable energy certificates to offset electricity and natural gas consumption for three years at our Weston facility.
Employees purchasing supplies on behalf of the company have a mandate to purchase goods and services with a green state of mind. This has resulted in such changes as the use of LED bulbs, environmentally friendly cleaning products, “energy star” rated electronics, business cards made from 100% post-consumer waste, and the use of recyclable packaging materials and tasting cups.
McCormick worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation to launch FOREST 360, an effort to plant indigenous trees on 40 acres of the land around the distillery. It is estimated that one tree absorbs 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide in its lifetime, so the planting of these trees will help cut down on the carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. We have also invited their business partners to participate in this project, and to date over 225 trees have been planted through these efforts.