PureCircle announces ambitious 2020 sustainability goals





Posted by Jack Mans, Plant Operations Editor — Packaging Digest, 6/12/2013 9:23:32 AM

PureCircle, a leading producer and marketer of high puC - daily - PureCircle_logo.jpegrity stevia products, announced today that it has expanded its Sustainability program and set an ambitious 2020 goal to reduce carbon, water, waste and energy use across its supply chain from farm to sweetener.

These goals mark a significant commitment to making a positive impact on the food and beverage industry’s environmental footprint and helping to tackle the global obesity challenge. PureCircle’s efforts will enable a cumulative reduction of the food & beverage industries’:

       • Carbon emissions by one million metric tons by 2020
       • Water consumption by two trillion liters by 2020
       • Calories in global diets by 13 trillion by 2020


When setting these ambitious commitments, PureCircle drew from the industry leading work it has undertaken to measure its carbon and water footprint. PureCircle was the first in the stevia industry to measure and publish results of the carbon and water footprint from farm to sweetener.


In Fiscal 2012, it completed its second carbon footprint, which together with the 2011 study formed the basis for the 2020 goals. These goals show that PureCircle stevia has a significantly lower environmental footprint than other natural mainstream sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), beet and cane sugar) based on publically available benchmarks.


Building on the progress the company has already made to reduce its carbon emissions and water use, the 2020 goals layout PureCircle’s commitments to have zero untreated waste to landfill and support 100,000 farmers by 2020. PureCircle‘s own vertically integrated supply chain, allows for innovation and traceability from farm to final stevia ingredient.


Ajay Chandran, Global Marketing and Sustainability Director said: “It is PureCircle’s vision to lead the global expansion of stevia as the next mass volume natural sweetener that is grown, processed and delivered in a way that respects people and the planet. Our 2020 goals, published today, demonstrate this vision in action. Our customers and consumers can be assured of our long-term commitment to further embedding sustainability principles and practices across our integrated supply chain, which will result in improved products with a reduced impact.


“As the world’s largest stevia producer and supplier, we recognize the unique role we can play in helping the food and beverage industry to reduce its impact on the environment and tackle the global obesity challenge, with our goals articulating the significant role we can play in this respect.”

The 2020 goals serve as an important next step in PureCircle’s sustainability journey, following the company’s publication of its Sustainability Commitment in 2011 and first Carbon and Water Footprint in 2012.


To learn more about PureCircle’s 2020 Sustainability Goals, visit: http://purecircle.com/company/corporate-social-responsibility/our-2020-sustainability-goals





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Food chain start from a low carbon economy 1

Food chain start from a low carbon economy 1

Abnormal weather, global warming, global warming world time and again warned that far do not say a single China, Yunnan, Guizhou, since the beginning of the great drought to Yushu in Qinghai Province earthquake, once again let people know that the Earth is in danger, low-carbon emission reduction has become the world to change the status quo the most recent efforts.
The short term, low-carbon emissions so that Chinese companies are generally involved a “low-carbon shock”, “carbon tariff” for the survival of the enterprise introduced onto the market at the cusp, if carbon emissions is national policy of the future, business will face a new transition. The long term, low-carbon economy companies put a higher demand, it is the driving force for sustainable development of enterprises, but also enterprises in the fierce market competition can win a key factor. Therefore, the implementation of low-carbon economy, enterprises, is a strategic choice.

So, how food companies to low-carbon shift? The radius of view, the low-carbon time has come for serious food consumption of resources enterprises, survival is the transformation of low-carbon path. Therefore, from raw material procurement, production technology, quality and safety, packaging and a series of processes, the company is destined to go a new line of energy saving, reduce operating costs, start from the industrial chain, which is a natural food trend in the implementation of low-carbon economy.
Low-carbon era, the food industry crises and opportunities

Everything has a “double-edged sword,” low-carbon economy is no exception. It as a kind of low power consumption, low pollution, low-emission-based economic model is conducive to sustainable economic development, but on the other hand, it requires great efforts from the corporate structure, product upgrading and technological innovation links reborn, on China’s current business, it is an unprecedented challenge.
From the perspective of micro-enterprises, strict low-carbon economy is bound to implement the reduction, it needs a fundamental transformation, in fact, many Chinese enterprises are doing now can not afford such a transformation, especially for SMEs, No money, no technology, they face barriers to competition, therefore, low-carbon economy will be implemented in the industrial chain improvement and adaptation.

In developed countries, many companies have developed emission reduction targets, to take measures to try to reduce carbon dioxide emissions of products, but the market also appeared to encourage the trend of low-carbon production. Such as Wal-Mart, which were required in the procurement chain, the product carbon labeling, which the purchase of which the low carbon content. This approach will impact the whole industry chain, and did not take a low-carbon means of production would undermine the competitiveness of enterprises.
In the beverage industry, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other beverage giants Wal-Mart and other retailers have begun to jointly explore a green from production to consumption chain, and create a green economy operating environment.

Liming Li that the food industry is inseparable from the overall layout of the development of low-carbon economy, simply to stress from the original manufacture, assembly and other areas of localization extends to marketing, and service value chain system on the localization of software and hardware upgrades and enhance production supply chain management, has to seize favorable opportunities to further help enterprises to form new industry pattern.
“New Standard” market as a strategic transformation to a low carbon
The layout is like playing chess, chess game started, the two sides to seize the main points, arranged battle, ready to enter the battle site, which requires enterprises to global awareness.

Currently, the layout of a low carbon economy in the world launched its impact on China is “carbon tariff” introduced, emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases will be credited to the cost of business through our extensive, high-energy-intensive modes of production will difficult to maintain, so businesses will need more consideration to the use of raw materials through the carbon savings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to “squeeze” profits.
To ease the “low-carbon shock” impact, some power companies may be a strong value chain through integrated approach to ensure the stability of earnings.

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How To Travel Responsibly

How To Travel Responsibly

Responsible travel is a broad term but in essence, travelling responsibly means treating people in other countries with the same respect you would expect from others in your own community or country. The responsible traveller is interested in preserving cultures, communities, local way of life, wildlife, habitats and the environment as a whole in every region he or she travels to.

So how can someone interested in responsible travel help to minimise their travel footprint and help sustain local communities and environments? There are a number of steps an individual can take in this ever changing world where mass tourism has had such a destructive effect on the environment. One of the biggest concerns at present is carbon dioxide emissions and green house gases in general. By reducing the number of flights or taking alternative transport wherever possible, carbon emissions from planes can be reduced which will benefit your own community as well as others as there are no country boundaries where pollution is concerned.

Even before arriving at your destination, it is always advisable to research the area to gain a greater understanding of the local culture and customs through the internet, books, email or by phoning. Try to find hotels, businesses and schemes which are eco friendly. Also, by learning a few words of the local language or by using a phrase book, it will be easier to immerse yourself in the local culture and have a deeper experience than travelling with hordes of people from your own country.

Once you arrive at your destination, keep an open mind and try to experience the local culture without making comparisons with life back at home. Use local resources with care such as water and electricity which are in short supply in many regions of the world. Simple steps like switching off the tap while brushing your teeth or taking a shower instead of a bath can help save water. Switching off lights, mobile phone chargers, televisions and a whole host of modern electronic equipment can save electricity.

Respect the local culture and always obey the local laws even if you disagree with some of them. Follow dress codes to avoid offence and avoid the temptation to drink and drive just because you are on holiday. Never accept packages from strangers or recent acquaintances especially if you about to travel through an airport. Obeying local laws and customs on drinking and taking drugs is especially important as many travellers are tempted to drink heavily while on holiday causing havoc in the local community.

Many people want to support the local community by purchasing local produce and products and while this is beneficial in most cases, it’s essential to avoid purchasing animal skins or products produced from the slaughter of endangered species such as tigers, leopards, jaguars, elephants, rhinos, hippos, reptiles, birds and many other animals. The same applies to protected plant species. Many countries now have severe penalties for anyone importing illegal plants or animals. Whenever possible, buy locally grown produce and crafts from local family businesses or fair trade companies.

To minimise pollution and to have a better experience of the local community, walk or ride a bicycle whenever possible. Support the local infrastructure by using local buses and taxis. Use trains or boats instead of planes for longer journeys to minimise carbon emissions.

Finally, volunteering is a great way to give something back to the environment and help local communities through various educational and non-profit schemes. The benefits are not all one way as many volunteers gain new skills, achieve a better understanding of themselves, gain added confidence through social interaction and gain a greater sense of self-worth through helping others.

By travelling responsibly, you are more likely to have a richer more immersive experience with the knowledge that you have minimised your impact on the environment and in some cases, helped to improve some areas. With more communities and environments being threatened with pollution and extinction, to travel responsibly is not only essential but it may help to form part of the solution in preserving environments and wildlife for future generations.

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Be Lazy And Help The Planet

Be Lazy And Help The Planet

We don’t mean sitting back and not taking action. However, being lazy in some respects can help reduce emissions and help the planet. Going green doesn’t have to be a chore.

Five ways to be lazy and help the planet:

Let the laundry pile up – and leave the dishes for awhile. By waiting until clothes are truly dirty (not just worn) and until you have a full load, you can reduce the emissions required to run your washer. Same goes for dishes – dishwashers can actually be quite energy and water efficient if they are run on a full load.

Get your food delivered – Instead of making a trip to the grocery store, consider getting a seasonal box of organic locally grown produce delivered to your door. According to a University of Exeter study, on average, lower carbon emissions result from delivering a vegetable box than making a trip to a local farm shop. Considering that most food at your local supermarket is processed and packaged from regions around the world, you’re reducing some serious food miles. Check the Green Pages green directory for your local delivery service.

Work your neighbours and friends – For other groceries and essentials, consider switching off with a neighbour to make the weekly trip. Rather than two vehicles heading for the same destination every week, you can let your neighbour do some of the heavy lifting while you kick back and have a beer. With other trips, instead of driving, see if you can bum a ride from a friend. (Of course, you’ll have to return the favour every once in awhile!)

Shop online – Gift shopping too big a chore? Ditch the shops and jump online. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, reports that “desktop shoppers” are estimated to reduce substantial emissions by reducing the number of trips made in cars. “Trucks make multiple deliveries per trip, so that impact is reduced,” notes ORNL environmental scientist Jesse Miller. Also, while private parcel services add runs based on deliveries, the post makes the same number of runs regardless of package deliveries, so there is no net gain with them.

Leave grass clippings on the lawn – they contain great nutrients that are beneficial for your lawn and save landfill space. Cut back on artificial fertilisers and considering mowing less often to help reduce emissions.

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Increasing Productivity With Green Fleet Vehicle Tracking

Increasing Productivity With Green Fleet Vehicle Tracking

Today’s challenge to both reduce carbon emissions and implement duty of care must now also run in tandem with the bigger picture of endeavouring to control daily running costs and cutting mobile workforce inefficiencies.

Still recovering from recession, yet facing tough ecomonic obstacles ahead, SMEs and larger fleet operations, alike, strive to maximise workforce productivity and evaluate cost effectiveness in the practical, daily business of attempting to complete more deliveries and increasing work schedules to offset escalating fuel prices, amongst other rising expenditures.

The so-called ‘green fleet’ realtime vehicle tracking technology, has both the capability to deliver all the necessary applications to comply with energy efficiency requirements and provide dynamic business streamlining, yet often fails to be recognised as probably one of the most highly valuable investment assets that a fleet operation can undertake.

A combination of short term planning measured against timetabled return on investment, together with a perception of judging systems training against actual implementation, can hold back company progress. Failure to recognise that running a ‘green fleet’ produces real measurable value by the deployment of a vehicle tracking solution, which tightens up location, time scheduling and constantly monitored control over mobile resource productivity. Unfortunately, this results in constantly having to struggle against industry competition and with reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, unaided.

The introduction of a vehicle tracker can have at first, implications for retaining workforce trust. However, if a productivity incentive and reward package is also introduced with the understanding that daily driving manoeuvres and behaviour count towards  larger percentage saving, both SME and larger transportation enterprises can benefit, from driving cab to boardroom.

In the years ahead, fleet operators will need to keep up with the emerging technology solutions to help limit fuel consumption, reduce emissions and sustain their own necessary growth. However, today, the reduction of fuel use can simply be achieved by reducing the total daily mileage!

A fleet gps tracking system can set a strict boundary for vehicle usage, report on number of miles driven, individual journeys, and any abnormal journey patterns. Defining and recording a vehicle’s working territory according to entering and exiting and the duration of time within the specified area is set up by the application of a ‘geofencing’ programme.

Behind the wheel behaviour has a significant impact on CO2 emissions with estimates claiming that harsh braking, idling, revving in gear, speeding and time spent in cruise control can account for nearly third of fuel consumption and ultimately, means poor miles per gallon performance. Fuel consumption can be cut by an average  of between 7-10 percent using commercial vehicle tracking software, which can set customisable thresholds as well as monitoring fleet performance.

Realtime reporting can update driving performance e.g. speeding, idling or braking to fleet managers every 20 seconds, who can immediately react. GPS tracking can also use  interactive maps, which can be viewed online allowing a change of routes  according to traffic conditions or the altering of  schedules, thereby reducing both wasted fuel, energy emission and cut running costs by up to a fifth.

Increasingly recognised as a key duty of care issue that applies to all fleet operators, whatever their service industry, green fleet vehicle tracking not only complies with the urgency of emission reduction but simultaneously, dramatically enhances backroom and front end field planning and productivity.

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Carbon Footprint: How Creating a Sustainable Business Makes You Money

Carbon Footprint: How Creating a Sustainable Business Makes You Money

You don’t have to wait for “Cap and Trade” to pass the US Congress to embrace carbon neutrality. Carbon Credits are a responsible and cost effective way to not only help produce non-oil energy projects, but reduce your corporate costs, engage your employees and gain a Green Marketing advantage over your competitors.

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse are the first part, and below I’m going to give you 5 ways to do it. But if you can’t, don’t want to, or would rather just write a check then understand Carbon Credits.

Offset Your Carbon Footprint with Carbon Credits

While Reducing, Reusing and Recycling is key in preventing climate change, offsetting your carbon emissions is the next great step in the preservation of our environment for generations to come. The Carbon Calculator Math is below, or you could use a Carbon Footprint Calculator at (www.ecoaidnow.com/Calculators.aspx

To offset your carbon emissions simply means to neutralize your part in the polluting of our environment. In technical terms, a carbon offset is a certificate representing the reduction of one metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions.

Certified Projects are developed such as a reforestation project that reduces carbon dioxide emissions, every ton of emissions reduced will result in the creation of one certified carbon offset.   

Since carbon dioxide emissions are the principal cause of climate change, purchasing carbon offsets is key to promoting a greener environment.

When you offset your personal carbon emissions, you are doing your much-needed part in helping to put an end to global warming and climate change. In addition to making the world a better place, you just might also score a few popularity points with your friends and family.   

Here’s 4 ways to save money while reducing your carbon footprint.

(1) Recycle Toner and Ink Jet Cartridges.  These things, which always run out at the most inopportune time, cost way too much and, contrary to what the big companies than manufacture them proclaim with their “send it in recycling programs” – end up in the landfill, usually in the poorest areas of the world.  The technology and quality of recycled toner and ink jet cartridges in many cases surpasses the original equipment manufacturers…and you get to support a local business like yours when you patronize them.   And don’t forget to set your printers to “draft” mode when you’re not printing for official communications…it’ll save you money and toner/ink.

(2) Use Less and Buy Recycled Paper.  Back in the early 90’s when email was gaining popularity we all proclaimed that it was the beginning of the paperless office.  But the paper companies weren’t scared.  Paper sales went through the roof because now we had more information to print out, copy and share with each other.   Now there are a variety of document sharing services, including free ones like Google Docs, while allow immediate sharing of and collaboration of documents without having to print out 5 copies for the group to mark up.  It saves money, time and is much more efficient.

Furthermore, as the quality of recycled content paper has gone up to photo quality level and the cost has gone down to below the cost of “new” paper, it clearly makes no sense not to include the procurement of recycled printer and copier paper in your corporate sustainability plan.

(3)    Go Paperless with your invoices. PayPal and Google Checkout both have electronic invoicing capabilities for those of you who process payments via credit card, and for many companies, their PayPal and Google Checkout accounts are tied directly to their corporate checking accounts for seemless, and transaction fee free payment processing.  They both offer a variety of export formats and integrate with popular accounting packages like QuickBooks and Microsoft Accounting.  

No more 3 copy carbon based invoices, no gas guzzling postmen delivering the mail and no more licking envelopes!

(4)     Recycle Everything. Soda cans, newspapers, used equipment, furniture and materials (if you’re manufacturing things) all carry a price.  Aluminum cans trade for around $ .80 a pound (32 12 ounce cans = 1 pound) – so figure you can sell them to a local recycler for a bit better than half of that.  Doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you have an office full of Red Bull crazed employees or “Diet Coke Fiends” it can actually add up relatively quickly.   

List your used equipment on Craigslist or Google for a local company that will pick up and “recycle” your used equipment – or better yet, donate it to a local charity and take the tax deduction.  Goodwill and the Salvation Army will send out a truck to pick up larger items and most likely make weekly or monthly trips through your area.

The Challenge is not so much Global Climate Change, but more of a personal one. Do we want to live in a clean world or a dirty one!  Do we want to be subject to wars over fossil fuels?  Are we, as individuals, stewards of business, operators of government, and elected officials, willing to take action to right the environmental wrongs we might create?  The global becomes personal.

Buying Carbon Offsets is one way to deploy our resources towards a better Future. The best first step is to always think about the very real consequences of your actions.  Protecting our air and water isn’t something that can be taken care of by someone else, we have to do it for ourselves.

To take an active role in neutralizing your carbon emissions today use our individual carbon calculator (www.ecoaidnow.com/Calculators.aspx).

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    Green Bride Guide Launches Green Wedding Gift Shop & Registry with Carbon Neutral Shipping

    Green Bride Guide Launches Green Wedding Gift Shop & Registry with Carbon Neutral Shipping

    (1888PressRelease) Specializing in sustainable wedding gifts, this new registry offers hundreds of eco-friendly and affordable products screened by the green wedding industry’s most credible resource.

    New Haven, CT – Green Bride Guide, the most comprehensive and credible resource for engaged couples seeking eco-friendly wedding ideas, products and services, announced this week the launch of its new green wedding gift shop and registry service. From non-toxic cookware and recycled wine glasses to earth-friendly fine china and organic cotton textiles, the shop features hundreds of eco-friendly home goods. It is also the first store to offer free carbon-neutral shipping with every purchase.

    According to the “What’s on Brides’ Minds” 2009 survey by David’s Bridal, almost half of all brides (48%) are committed to going green this year, and this includes registering for eco-friendly products.

    “Guests spend billion a year on wedding gifts,” said Kate L. Harrison, Founder and CEO of the Green Bride Guide. “Our new website offers couples the opportunity to use their wedding registry to support environmentally-conscious businesses. We offer hundreds of pre-screened environmentally responsible and affordable choices couples can feel good about adding to their wish list, without sacrificing style or quality,”

    The Green Bride Guide registry provides detailed information about each product, including how it is made, where it is made, and what materials were used in its production.

    The easy-to-use search functionality allows shoppers to sort by:

    •    Country of origin-buyers can choose to support fairly paid artisans from around the globe
    •    State, if the products are Made in the USA -couples can register for gifts that are made closer to home, which decreases the carbon emissions produced during transport
    •    Eco-strategy information – guests can opt to see only handmade or ethically sourced products
    •    Certifications-shoppers can search quickly for goods produced under specific labels, like USDA Organic

    “The idea is to provide shoppers with as much information as possible so they can make informed decisions about the products they are buying,” said Harrison. “Every product is hand-picked by our team and carefully screened to avoid ‘greenwashing,’ the practice of passing off non-green products as eco-friendly.”

    Free Carbon-Neutral Shipping

    The Green Bride Guide’s online gift shop is the first green wedding registry to offer free carbon-neutral shipping. When a package is shipped, the transportation process generates CO2 and other greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming. To neutralize this effect, the Green Bride Guide calculates the impact of each shipment and purchases carbon offsets from its partner, Brighter Planet.

    Each offset supports community-based alternative energy projects in the United States that remove CO2 from the air, and reduce the country’s dependence on “dirty” carbon-emitting sources. Customers automatically receive free carbon-neutral shipping with any purchase through the Green Bride Guide gift shop and registry.

    About the Green Bride Guide

    The Green Bride Guide, founded by Kate L. Harrison, is the most comprehensive and credible resource for engaged couples seeking eco-friendly wedding ideas, products and services. The site is a companion to Harrison’s book, The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth Friendly Wedding on Any Budget and, in addition to the new green wedding registry and gift shop, it offers pictures and stories from real green weddings, decor ideas, educational resources, an approved green wedding vendor directory, planning tools, and advice from industry experts. Kate L. Harrison has a background in environmental law and conservation. She recently developed the country’s first Green Wedding Professional Certification Course.




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    Recycling for Families

    Recycling for Families

    Article from: My Family UK

    Many things we throw away without a second thought can be recycled. As well as being broken down and recycled as new products, objects can often find a second use within the home, or be donated to charity.

    Why recycle?

    Waste that ends up in landfill sites takes up a lot of space and much of it stays in the ground for millions of years without decomposing Recycling reduces the need to use energy and natural resources to make new materials It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions produced by landfill sites and in the process of manufacturing new materials

    How should I recycle?

    Home collection – nine out of ten of homes in the UK now have kerbside collection schemes Taking waste to recycling centres and recycling banks – type in your postcode at www.recyclenow.com to find out where your nearest one is

    What can I recycle?

    1) Glass

    New glass can be made containing up to 90 per cent recycled glass and it is possible to recycle glass over and over again without affecting the quality. Using recycled glass helps the raw materials of glass to melt at lower temperatures saving even more energy.

    Can recycle – glass bottles, jars and other containers Can’t recycle – window glass, lightbulbs, electrical appliances Rinse out, remove lids and separate different colours of glass

    2) Aluminium and Steel

    Containers made from aluminium and steel can be recycled indefinitely. Recycling is cost effective, reduces carbon emissions and saves energy – recycling aluminium uses only 5 per cent of the energy required to produce new aluminium. Most local authorities will separate cans for you, but if you want to tell which is which, hold a magnet up to the can. If it sticks, it’s steel.

    Can recycle – drink cans, food cans, biscuit tins and other containers Rinse out – unless told to do so, you don’t need to remove the labels

    3) Paper and cardboard

    By recycling paper we save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent deforestation. Paper is also one of the quickest and easiest materials to recycle – it can take just seven days for paper to go through the recycling process to become newsprint.

    Can recycle – office paper, cardboard boxes, yellow pages, greetings cards Check first – shredded paper, wrapping paper, drinks cartons envelopes Can’t recycle – books, so take them to a charity shop instead

    4) Plastic

    Because plastic is made from oil, recycling is extremely important to conserve this finite resource and to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However plastics are made from different polymers meaning they are not all easy and cost-effective to recycle. Check with your local recycling scheme to see what kinds of plastic they will take.

    Can be recycled – plastic bottles Can’t usually be recycled – lids, yoghurt pots, plastic containers, flower pots Rinse out and remove lids

    Further Information

    For further information, and for more great ways to have fun with your family, log on to www.myfamilyuk.com. With a huge collection of articles covering everything from child safety to rainy day activities, you’ll find all the help, guidance and entertainment you need to be a great parent. Go to My Family UK now!

    My Family UK is a brand new website that is turning the online focus back onto families. We’re dedicated to supporting you and your family live the life you choose to the full, with games, tips, offers and articles on all aspects of parenting. If your family means the world to you, check out www.myfamilyuk.com.

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