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 percent of our unused soap from our waste stream," says 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. 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 says. "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."