Rubbermaid Recognized for Environmental Platform


Pictured from left to right: Bob Kibbe, Vice President Sales & Marketing for RCP; Kevin Affeldt, Director of National Accounts for RCP; Larry McIsaac, President of RCP; Steven Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group; Joe DeZarn, Director of Marketing Communications for RCP


DALLAS -- Approximately 160 of Rubbermaid Commercial Products senior managers and salespeople attended Rubbermaids 2006 National Sales Meeting at the Gaylord in Dallas, Texas. There, Stephen Ashkin, of The Ashkin Group, LLC, presented the company with an award recognizing Rubbermaids commitment to leadership in environmental stewardship.

Ashkin is widely recognized as the leading authority on green cleaning and on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Our industry is recognizing Rubbermaid Commercial Products for taking the high road: committing to a journey toward true sustainability, versus the easy route of developing a handful of recycled products, he says.

In accepting the award, Rubbermaid president Larry McIsaac acknowledged that, We are really at the beginning of our journey, but we are committed and will not lose sight of our responsibilities.  He further explained that, this is a critical issue for businesses, which, fortunately, is gaining traction and percolating to the top of nearly every decision-making tree. Imagine the exponential power, as more and more companies embrace principle of sustainability. And they will.

Rubbermaid has a rich array of opportunities to have a beneficial environmental impact: providing containers to support recycling programs; leading in the development and adoption of cleaning technologies and techniques, such as microfiber cleaning, that reduce the need for chemicals and reduce strain on cleaning staff; improving shipping efficiencies to reduce fuel consumption; helping the industry develop better streams of recycled content for manufacturing, thereby reducing reliance on virgin resins; and, educating employees about opportunities to raise the bar on ecological effectiveness. Rubbermaid has published a Green Mission Statement, and established a team of business leaders, charged with identifying and executing the projects to be undertaken to improve the companys environmental impact.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) is a division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc.  RCP continues to develop innovative products and system solutions in the categories of food service, cleaning, safety, material handling, waste and agriculture. Manufacturing and distribution are handled from five facilities, four in the U. S. and one in Mexico.  RCP is represented in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East through a network of sales offices and authorized distributors.

The Ashkin Group is an expert resource for manufacturers, facility managers, architects,  cleaning professionals, administrators and legislators alike.

Source: Rubbermaid Commercial Products

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