Sustainability

Doug Parkinson
Vice President of Operations
We believe we must change the way we see our world. The change must start everywhere and by everyone.

That’s why Zotos has implemented one of the largest private industrial sustainability programs in the nation.


WIND PROJECT
Over the past several years, Zotos International, Inc., has invested in the installation and operation of wind turbines as an alternative source of electricity to help power the Geneva, NY plant. Wind power is one of the fastest growing forms of new electricity generation in the US. Zotos has invested in this technology to reduce our reliance on fossil-fueled energy, and increase our use of clean, renewable energy. In 2011, two 364-foot wind turbines were installed in Geneva, securing a spot on the 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Top 20 On-Site Generation list. By implementing this project, Zotos also earned recognition by the American Wind Energy Association as one of the 2011 top on-site wind projects currently being undertaken by a manufacturing company in the United States.

In 2014, the wind turbines at Zotos produced 2.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean electricity. This means that our turbines generated enough electricity to power about 355 households. And we plan to keep increasing turbine production in the future.


WASTE REDUCTION
Zotos is striving to reduce its environmental footprint in other areas as well. Plans are in place to reduce water usage, waste water generation and waste generation by 10%. This will be accomplished by implementing improved inventory control, production management and cleaning procedures.

EVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PACKAGING
At Zotos, we are at the forefront of materials production. In 2011, we launched new packaging created from a hybrid bio-plastic resin, making us one of the first beauty companies to use this new and innovative material. The new packaging is a composite of post-consumer recycled plastic and thermoplastic starch derived from plants. Unlike other bio-plastics, this plastic reduces potential contamination in recycling streams. As a result, Zotos is reducing its packaging related greenhouse gas emissions by more than 75%. We also manufacture bottles with up to 70% post-consumer recycled plastic, and cartons that use 100% recycled paperboard. We print information on the inside of our cartons to eliminate paper inserts. Zotos is committed to finding new ways to shine bright, clean, and beautiful…now and for the next 100 years.