We have retrofitted zone-lighting to efficiently use lighting where needed. We continue to implement improvements to our facilities to reduce power consumption while complementing our lighting needs.
At our company, every new product launch involves many decisions that are influenced by sustainable choices.
In our day to day operations, and long-term planning, we are committed to reducing waste and the demand on the world's limited resources. We continue to advocate for recycling and reuse with our employees, customers and community.
We are committed to the use of renewable resources in our company's operations. We recently installed solar panels on our distribution center to complement the solar array on our historically renovated world headquarters.
Our company has undertaken initiatives to educate our employees, customers and community on the importance of sustainable thinking and practices.
We independently seek to design products, packaging, and labeling that maximize benefits on employees, customers and the environment.
Our company-wide water conservation practices are designed to reduce energy consumption and improve the quality of our environment.
In addition to partnering with local sustainability organizations, we are advocates for our community and have greatly contributed to the improvement and development of the neighborhood, city and region.
Sustainability and Environmental Awards and Recognitions.
Our Sustainability Efforts
The Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company is a 5th generation, privately held corporation founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1887. Since our inception, our culture and mission have been centered on the practice of "doing the right thing" for our employees, customers and planet. Each product is designed and developed with sustainable thinking to not only improve the quality of life of our customers, but to educate the community and others in our industry of sustainable practices that reduce carbon emissions and the use of natural resources.
Letter From the Family
The Faultless Starch Bon Ami Company has been a family company for five generations. We've always known that "Family" means not just the Beaham family, but the families of our employees, customers, and the consumers who have come to rely on our products.
Each generation knew that decisions were based first on the impact those decisions would have on people, and only then on the bottom line. It's still how we do business.
We are a community leader in cleaning up and revitalizing parts of Kansas City, where our offices are located. We helped city leadership develop a set of standards to reward sustainable actions of local businesses, and we've long celebrated and supported our own employees in their charitable activities.
When it comes to sustainable practices in the manufacture of products, the Faultless Starch Bon Ami Company has consistently made choices that are better for the environment and for people.
We started supporting environmental causes long before doing so was popular. Our support of the National Parks and Recreation Association, the Tall Grass Prairie Park, and EarthShare date back decades.
But being a Midwestern company, we don’t like to boast, so presenting a Sustainability Report is new for us. What you see here was put together with an eye on where our company has been, and where we are going. We're working together with our local community and the bigger world to make the planet a better place.
The Beaham Family
Neighborhood & Site
Recognizing that our employees are our most valuable asset, all Faultless facilities are designed or improved with a commitment to developing and maintaining a healthy workplace and workforce. Our corporate headquarters is located in a five story historic building we have renovated in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. Our campus includes a re-tooled manufacturing facility, a modern distribution center and other historic structures which incorporate the reuse of materials and renewable energy that reduces our "carbon footprint" and instills a sense of pride among our employees, knowing that their company is an advocate and leader of sustainable practices in their community, region and nation. Visit our Urban Campus Project page for more information
We have also contributed and participated in various developments, improvements and repairs in the Kansas City West Bottoms' levees, bridges and sewer systems, and purchased, repaired and/or restored buildings that are environmental hazards.
- EarthShare - 2006. Bon Ami sponsored Earth Share™.
- Kansas City Rivertrails - 2005. Faultless partners with Kansas City Rivertrails, to help mitigate auto congestion and improve air quality.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - 2004. Instead of moving to suburbs, Faultless acquires blighted industrial "Brownfield's" site and constructs a 108,000 sq ft warehouse; representing a $5,000,000 government/private commitment for asbestos and petroleum distillate abatement, and other cleanup; and $10,000,000 in capital improvements to Brownfield area.
- National Park Service - 1996. Faultless owner Gordon Beaham instrumental in helping to found in his home state: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, in Flint Hills, Kansas. The 10,894 acre preserve protects a significant example of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem.
- National Parks Conservation Association - 1985-2000. Gordon Beaham, Faultless owner, served on the Board of Directors of National Parks Conservation Association.
- We donate obsolete inventory of garden tools to local school garden programs and the Kansas Arboretum.
Some of our local partnerships, involvements and contributions include:
- KCIC Sustainability Awards Program - The purpose of the KCIC Sustainability Awards Program is to recognize and promote sustainable practices by businesses in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Entries are made in 12 categories divided between practices related to Energy and those related to the Environment.
- Central Industrial District Association - The CIDA is a not-for-profit organization designed to promote and advocate for public and private improvements for the welfare of business and industry in the Central Industrial District.
- WRAP (Waste Recycling Advocacy Partnership) - Provides recycling containers free of charge; and resources to help businesses with their recycling program.
- Friends of the River - Kansas City - This not-for-profit organization addresses a wide variety of interests on the Kansas City Riverfront including history and education; conservation; recreation and entertainment.
- KC Riverfront Heritage Trail
- Habitat for Humanity - KC Restore - We donate inventory of garden tools to Habitat for Humanity KC Restore.
- Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) By-Product Synergy
Employee Wellness Program
Most chronic diseases, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer are manageable. Having an employee wellness program in place creates a role for the company in helping employees make healthy choices. The program promotes healthier living choices that make a sustainable impact on costly lifestyle related diseases.
We have partnered up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City in introducing "The Healthier You" program. This is an incentive based program initiating health and wellness through a health risk assessment and educational classes that are all on site. We are showcasing how prevention, coupled with a supportive work environment, can improve employee health and productivity, lower healthcare costs and create a more positive environment.
Successfully, we have engaged our employees in a healthier lifestyle through educational lunch & learns, our on-site fitness room and our company fitness challenges. Last year we had a team challenge that over half the company took part in, The Zanesville Challenge. We have an ongoing walking program that is known as the "Faultless 500". This is implemented twice a year challenging any employee to complete 500 miles by walking and/or running. If the challenge is reached, the individual receives an embroidered "FAULTLESS 500" jacket. Faultless is also an annual supporter of The American Heart Walk benefitting The American Heart Association. This year, the employees raised over $500 dollars.
Within the next six months, we will initiate an employee roof-top garden. The goal of this unique space is to promote unity and health for employees working together to grow an edible garden.
Sustainability at the Manufacturing & Warehouse Facility
Our goal is to increase our operating efficiency and reuse materials while decreasing waste and energy usage. Focusing on that goal, we are continually updating our facility with sustainable features.
In 1998, we upgraded our aerosol manufacturing line which increased production efficiency and reduced raw material waste, including decreasing VOC emissions by 74%. After consolidating and moving our warehousing operations to our manufacturing plant location in 2005, we were able to eliminate truck transportation between the two operations with a new product conveyor system, further improving our efficiency. More recently, additional measures were taken to reduce the transportation footprint by utilizing SmartWay transportation providers and hand-stacking international shipments to customers.
We have also established a new energy management program that involves closely monitoring our energy usage and making changes where we can to increase efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint. We have upgraded our warehouse lighting to be more energy efficient, and we plan on upgrading the rest of our lighting in the manufacturing plant in the next year. Recently we added solar panels to our warehouse to capture renewable solar energy.
We began auditing our water usage, and found that by making changes to our process, we were able to decrease our water usage by more than 24% over the last five years. In addition, we have significantly reduced what we send to the landfill by minimizing production loss and recycling supply packaging and steel cans. And recently we have partnered with WRAP to recycle our corrugated packaging waste. We are continuing to investigate ways to improve our operations and be more sustainable.
Sustainable Features of Sewall Renovation
Kansas City's West Bottoms has been home to the Faultless Starch Bon Ami Company since the Company was founded in 1887. For many years, Faultless had used the 1903 Sewall Paint and Glass Building, adjacent to our original plant, as a production facility, laboratory and warehouse. After a 1998 general alarm fire in the West Bottom, Faultless rehabilitated the Sewall Building into our corporate Headquarters, combining historic rehabilitation with environmental sustainability. Many original windows were restored and supplemented with interior storm windows to insulate the tenants of the building from the noise of the railroads and the heat and cold transferred from the steel window muntins. Those windows that could not be repaired were replaced with new energy efficient windows that match the historic profile of the sashes. The exterior masonry was repointed and cleaned, and a new roof and insulating membrane installed with photovoltaic solar panels.
Throughout the building, distinctive elements of the heavy timber structure, cast iron connections, track-mounted fire doors and masonry walls were repaired and left exposed to celebrate the building’s historic qualities. An open, skylight-capped steel and timber stairway, featuring 138 hand-blown glass globes, was created to spatially connect and bring visual continuity to the building. Carving out the center stairwell opening provided leftover joists and girders of old growth heart pine timber which were milled and refashioned into unique office furniture and picture frames, as well as siding and stair treads for the center stairwell.
Weighty 4’ x 8’ dock plates from the former warehouse were cut down for use as thresholds for all of the doors. An old freight elevator shaft was filled in, but to remind current occupants of its first life, the spot was turned into an office with the old elevator gate as the door. Other features of the old paint factory and warehouse were retained as well such as its sliding fire doors and salvaged brick that was used for utility chases.
Education & Outreach
- United States Environmental Protection Agency - The official website of the EPA. Features news, updates and resources about environmental issues and human health.
- EnergyWorks KC - A monthly digital newsletter about energy conservation and efficiency. Managed by the City of Kansas City, MO.
- Earth911 - Information on how and where to recycle in your neighborhood.
- RecycleSpot.org - Recycling information for Greater Kansas City.
- Bridging The Gap - A list of green things that individuals can do to reduce household carbon emissions.
- Energy.gov - Tips on how to save energy.
- Ready.gov - Guidance on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- Prepare Metro KC - Emergency preparedness, by the Mid-America Regional Council.
- National Stormwater Calculator - A desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the U.S., by EPA. For anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property and using green infrastructure promoting the natural movement of water, instead of allowing it to wash down streets and down storm drains.
Using Fewer Resources
The Waste Hierarchy - What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Waste is a reality of life. Everybody poops. The question is whether we choose to look at waste as a resource or a cost center/liability. Though sometimes hard to see, everything (and every person) has value. Viewing waste as a resource rather than a liability gives waste value. The challenge is discovering the potential uses for waste in figuring out its highest level or value. The depicted waste hierarchy pyramid is an excellent way of prioritizing waste and explaining which level or state of waste produces the greatest value both economically and environmentally.
The first step in the waste analysis is determining what waste can be avoided all together. An example of Faultless’ practice in this regard is the number of plastic bottles that are no longer manufactured because of our decision to substitute plastic water bottles with purified tap water. By making this choice, Faultless keeps these would be bottles out of the landfill, or eliminates the need of having them recycled. Regardless of whether the bottles are sent to a landfill or recycling center, the energy and water used to manufacturer or recycle the plastic bottles, as well as the incidental fuel expenses and the carbon emissions associated with delivering the bottles for sale, and transporting them to the landfill or recycling center for disposal, are also avoided.
When trying to produce a product, non-use is sometimes not an option. In these instances, the next tier or choice on the waste pyramid is to reduce the waste produced. Besides reducing the amount of steel in our cans and plastic in our caps, Faultless reduces waste by constantly looking for ways to improve efficiencies in all aspects of its operations.
After reducing waste through the use of fewer materials, or the reuse of materials in our internal operations, another preferred state or level on the waste pyramid is the reuse (not recycling) of the material by third parties outside of Faultless. The boxes Faultless receives from its cap and valve vendors are excellent examples of this type of reuse. These boxes are sold to a third party for reuse as packaging. Faultless receives a rebate of approximately $200 per ton versus the $50 per ton for cardboard that is recycled. Additionally, because of its higher value the reused boxes are picked up at the purchaser’s expense, Faultless avoids any hauling or storage container fees. Just as important are the differences in the carbon emission reduction and energy/water requirements between the two processes.
Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment measures environmental sustainability using a Life Cycle Assessment that scientifically compares the potential cradle-to-grave environmental impact of two or more processes through water use, Green House Gas potential and energy consumption. In quantifying the environmental benefits of cardboard box reuse over traditional recycling, they determined that water consumption in the reuse process was 700 times less (322.5 gallons/ton compared to 230,000 gallons/ton in the recycling process). Additionally, energy consumed by reuse is more than ten times less than that of the overall recycling process which produces 45 times more Green House Gas emissions than reuse.
Though not as desirable or valuable from an economic or environmental standpoint, recycling is still a preferred state on the waste pyramid. Faultless is able to realize rebates on many of the materials it recycles such as steel, shrink/stretch wrap (plastic caps) and cardboard. Because they have value, vendors will pick up these materials. Besides avoiding tonnage fees and being an environmentally friendly method of handling waste, recycling creates ten times more jobs than disposing of solid waste in a landfill.
Recovery, or producing Energy from Waste, is less desirable than many processes on the Waste Hierarchy Pyramid but is still a much better alternative than disposal in a Landfill. Converting waste into energy is an alternative which lessens the need to mine natural resources such as coal, further reducing Green House Gas and Carbon emissions.
Seeking the highest use for waste maximizes its economic value and return on investment (rebates and avoidance of costs) and provides numerous environmental and incidental benefits that are far reaching. Though sometimes difficult to appreciate the extent of the ancillary benefits of our waste management practices, the impact to our lives and planet are real. The true worth of our decisions is more easily recognized when we understand the potential behind the choices we make. Doing away with plastic bottles helps the environment and saves money, but the ability to realize the unintended benefits such as increased water consumption and health resulting in a reduction of health care costs, can be just as important. Viewing waste as a resource and understanding the Waste Hierarchy Pyramid is great first step.
Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Our manufacturing facility is continually working on ways to increase its operating efficiency and reduce waste and energy usage. With the help of an outside energy firm, we identified ways to operate more efficiently, use less energy, and add renewable energy sources to our operations. Since 2010, we reduced our carbon footprint, decreasing our absolute greenhouse gas emissions by more than 21%.
We upgraded the lighting in our distribution center, changing out our warehouse lights with energy efficient lighting, retrofitted the lighting in our manufacturing facility to be more energy efficient, reducing that facility's energy usage. More recently, we replaced many of our outdoor and parking lights with energy efficient LED lights.
Green House Gas / Carbon Emissions have been significantly reduced through our Zero Waste to Landfill initiative, diverting more than 170 tons of waste from the landfills on an annual basis. Visit our Recycling & Reuse page for more infomation.
Our carbon footprint was also reduced by choosing suppliers that are located closer to our plant and warehouse.
Utilizing More Renewable Energy
We also reduced our energy usage and carbon footprint by incorporating Renewable Energy sources in our facilities.
Visit our Renewables page for more information on how we utilize renewable energy.
Our IT Department has recently implemented a virtualization strategy to improve the environmental efficiency of our data center infrastructure. This strategy has allowed us to grow our server infrastructure while reducing the number of physical servers in use. This reduction in physical server growth provides a savings in power consumption and a reduction in cooling requirements.
Browse our Research & Development page and the rest of this site for more information on our sustainable efforts throughout the years.
As part of our commitment to use fewer resources, we are continually reducing our water footprint through improvements to our manufacturing operations. The result is that we decreased our water usage (and the city's electrical usage to treat such waters), along with the electricity required to treat the water.
Visit our Water Conservation page for more information.
Cold Water Laundry Tip
Want to make your clothes last longer AND conserve energy when you do your laundry? Wash your clothes with cold water!
Cold water can make your clothes last longer. Heat can break down dyes in the clothes and cause shrinkage. Thus, by washing clothes in cold water, colors last longer and clothes retain their size and shape. Also, warm water needs to be heated and heat requires energy. Roughly 75 percent of the energy required to do a load of laundry goes into heating the water. Using cold water saves energy, putting less pressure on electricity grids. It can also save you some money. A recent estimate from Consumer Reports suggests that using a cold-water detergent and setting your machine to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (compared to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) can save you at least $60 annually in utilities. (Reference)
Recycling & Reuse
Increasing recycling. Minimizing packaging.
Reducing Landfill Waste
Continual improvement in waste reduction and prevention are key objectives of our company's operations. We have partnered with the EPA in their WasteWise Program since 1997, practicing environmental stewardship and reducing our carbon footprint. With improvements to our manufacturing processes, we have reduced what we send to the landfill by reducing production loss, and recycling supply packaging and off-spec materials. We have implemented a Zero Waste to Landfill initiative.
Faultless Starch Zero Waste to Landfill Program
What is Zero Waste?
Zero Waste is a process of changing our daily habits with the objective of keeping all waste out of the landfill by recycling, composting or converting the waste to usable energy.
Why Go to Zero Waste?
A few years ago it was determined that if everyone on earth behaved like a typical American, throwing away 4.6 pounds of trash every day, we would need 14 additional planets to supply the resources. That’s a lot of trash! Think what this means for our children and grandchildren. We need better habits for their sakes.
When companies such as Faultless begin to recycle, compost, and convert solid waste into energy, they can help make the planet a better place for future generations, by reducing carbon emissions and the drain on the world’s natural resources.By going Zero Landfill, companies can also save money. Besides hard savings in the form of rebates for recyclable materials, Zero Waste creates opportunities that inspire creative thinking and solutions.
What Faultless is Doing
Faultless has implemented a Zero Waste to Landfill Program, identifying all of the solid waste generated by our operations and categorizing the waste and how such waste will be collected and distributed. We are talking about everything here: soda cans and bottles; stretch/shrink wrap; caps and cans; straps from pallets; empty starch bags; leftover food from our lunchboxes or from company lunches; empty pens, plastic forks; plastic tags; office paper; printer cartridges. Everything.
Community collection bins have been placed in “green spots” throughout the Plant, Warehouse and Corporate Offices. These collection bins are colored coded for ease of recognition. Individual recycling bins are located at all work stations to allow materials to be separated out by employees before being deposited in the community collection bins. These community bins are then emptied into large collection containers that are picked up by our waste vendors. Faultless posts and distributes posters categorizing the types of waste along with diagrams identifying the location of the community collection bins or “green spots”, including a flow chart explaining the logistics of collection and disposal.
Recyclables - All individual and community recycling bins are blue in color. Recyclables include items such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans and all mixed paper. Separate purple containers for glass and silver containers for metals are located in the Company’s “Green Spots”. High volume materials, except cardboard which is collected for reuse, are compacted and sold.
Alternative Energy - Those items that are not reused or recyclable, or suitable for composting, are sent to Systech where they are converted into alternative fuel for energy. Those materials that cannot be converted into alternative energy include metal, glass, brick, high concentration of powders and food. The community bins for these alternative fuel materials are orange. There are separate desk recycling bins at employee work stations to keep alternative energy materials separate from recyclable materials to facilitate their transportation by each employee to the community collection bins.
Compostables - Compostable materials such as food waste (banana peels, apple cores, etc.) and paper towels are collected in green community bins and picked up by our vendor three times a week to avoid unpleasant smells or critters. These materials are deposited directly into the green community bins at the community “green spots”.
Where needed, there are red colored containers for combined materials that do not fit neatly into one of the categories. Faultless works with agencies such as Bridging The Gap and the Green Business Network to find homes for these misfits. To update its employees on the successes and challenges of the program, Faultless posts articles of the program on its intranet and in its breakrooms.
Along with ensuring that we recycle as much as possible from our own operations, we’re also working to drive recycling behaviors with consumers.
We are continually increasing our recycling efforts throughout our operations. In addition to recycling, we also use recycled materials in our products. We are a member of the CSPA Product Care® Program for product stewardship since its inception in 2001, and one of its core principles is utilizing sustainable materials and packaging. Our aerosol cans are made with 25% recycled steel. Using recycled materials in our aerosol packaging has decreased our annual carbon footprint significantly.
We are a leader within CSPA, proudly displaying the "STEEL" - "Please Recycle When Empty" logo on all of our cans. Recycling your aerosol cans is definitely easier than you think! Click here to find out how you can recycle your aerosol cans.
Recycle Your Aerosol Cans
Aerosol products ARE recyclable, just like any other empty steel container! Given the public’s concern about solid waste disposal, the aerosol industry teamed with the steel industry to promote the collection of empty aerosol cans in recycling programs nationwide. Thousands of communities now include aerosol product recycling in both household residential and curbside buy-back and drop-off programs.
The container that an aerosol product comes in is made either from steel (about 75% of all cans) or aluminum (about 25%). Post-consumer metal cans (food, beverage, paint and aerosol products) are in demand because they are made of steel or aluminum, both of which are valuable and can be recycled infinitely without the metal breaking-down or compromising the quality. In fact, today’s steel aerosol cans contain an average of 25 percent recycled content.
Check with your local recycling coordinator, local municipality or aluminum collection site for details in your area. Many recyclers and community recycling officials are simply not aware that the U.S. EPA recommends that all aerosol containers (including pesticide containers) be recycled once they are empty.
Aerosol products, like all other household and personal care product containers, should be disposed of properly. Recycling is the best way to dispose of an empty household aerosol container. The following guidelines may be useful for recycling aerosol containers:
- Use up the entire product purchased since aerosol containers are airtight and pressurized. If the aerosol container is not empty, contact your local recycling facility or visit Recycle Steel website for disposal options.
- Dispose of the empty container through normal household waste disposal according to label directions, or contact your local solid waste disposal office for instructions for specific products.
- Never dispose of an aerosol container in roadside dumps or open trash fires.
- If the contents of a can have been used up and it no longer sprays, it can usually be deposited to any recycler that's known to handle the cans, which are usually made of steel or aluminum. If there are still contents within the can, it should be properly processed by a household hazardous waste-processing facility. Even "empty" cans contain remnants and should never be punctured by anyone other than a certified recycler.
- Lids are usually made of plastic and separate from the steel or aluminum can and can be removed before recycling. Do not remove the spray nozzle from an aerosol can, as even when the inside contents have been spent, every container can pose a danger if punctured. Our cans' caps are made of recyclable plastic as well, making our entire packaging recyclable!
What You Can Do
You can help by encouraging your community to accept empty aerosol cans along with other metal containers. The Steel Recycling Institute can provide more information about recycling (1-800-876-7274) or visit www.recycle-steel.org.
Our IT Department recycles obsolete computer hardware. Once a piece of hardware has been determined to be obsolete, the IT Department stores the hardware until recycling can be arranged. Periodically, the Surplus Exchange, a West Bottoms recycling project, picks up the obsolete hardware and properly recycles the materials per current best practices. Additional information can be found at http://surplusexchange.org/newsite1/ .
Important and interesting facts about recycling paper:
- Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution.
- Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space and 46 gallons of oil.
- Recycled cardboard only takes 75 percent of the energy needed to make new cardboard and lessens the emission of sulfur dioxide that is produced when making pulp from wood trees.
Recycle Your Ride!
Transportation is a part of our everyday life. It's also a main component in our company as we ship our products locally and globally. If you own a vehicle, then you most likely have some tires, containers of used motor oil and other old and unused parts (or an old ride) in your garage! Luckily, there are plenty of automotive recycling options to make sure that these things are disposed of properly.
Check out the tips below from RecycleSpot.org to see how you can responsibly "Recycle your ride"!
Batteries, Tires, Motor Oil and Filters
Most full-service automotive centers will recycle used motor oil and automotive batteries for free, and tires for a small fee. Auto parts stores and quick lube places generally accept used motor oil and batteries as well. Some locations even recycle oil filters. Always call first to check that items are accepted.
Old vehicles that are beyond repair are ideal for salvaging. Many automotive salvage yards, used auto parts dealers and even some scrap metal dealers will take that old car off your hands. Generally they will pay a modest amount for your vehicle and provide free pick up.
There are many organizations that accept vehicles for donation. Generally they’ll take your car (running or not), provide free pickup, help with the title and paperwork, and help you get the highest possible tax deduction. Contact your favorite charity to see if it has a vehicle donation program.
For more information on recycling automotive materials, visit RecycleSpot.org. Under "I want to recycle" you can click "More Search Options" to filter by material, salvage or donation.
For more information on recycling, and to find out how you can recycle in your area, please visit the following websites:
Research & Development
At our company, every new product launch involves many decisions that are influenced by sustainable choices. From each unique product formula to its packaging components (bottle, trigger, valve, etc.) and its shipping components, careful consideration is taken to develop products that strike a cohesive balance between form, function, aesthetics, cost, environmental impact and sustainability.
Making sustainable choices plays an important role in any new product launch. These considerations include:
- Formula - We carefully consider the safety of each individual chemical component, and that the overall formulation conforms to the EPA standards and Green initiatives such as EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE).
- Container components (can, bottle, cap, box, etc.) - Proper sizing of the container reduces waste – and cost as well.
- Delivery system components (trigger, valve, etc.) - Proper dip tube sizes ensure complete dispensing of a product to avoid waste.
- Outer packaging shipping container components – Careful studies are implemented to ensure packages are not oversized and wasteful but also withstand the punishment endured during shipping.
- Recycling - We promote the collection of our product packaging in recycling programs nationwide, and instruct our consumers on proper product disposal and recycling.
- Environment - As awareness of our environment grows, we carefully develop products that do not harm the earth's ozone layer. Our products are designed to reduce waste through their long product shelf life and minimum spillage.
More sustainable developments within the past few years include:
2011. FSBA achieves a DfE recognition on Bon Ami Free and Clear Dish Soap.
2010. FSBA worked to launch 6 new liquid Bon Ami products involving greener chemistry. Guidelines set forth on CleanGredients were followed to choose more sustainable chemicals in these formulations.
- 2009. FSBA worked in a partnership to introduce LPG's Faultless by Nature line of cleaning products as a sustainable alternative for LPG’s more environmental conscious customers. These products are certified and proudly carry the DfE Design for the Environment logo.
- 2006. Trapp Fragrances replaces historic aerosol room spray with non-aerosol room spray.
Visit our Product Stewardship section to view product-specific sustainability efforts.
Conserving energy. Recycling. Doing more with less. You care about the environment, and so do we. Check out our latest environmentally-focused tips, articles and press releases below:
- Shop Green (May 25, 2013) - When I purchase an item for my family, I strive to buy items that are both eco-friendly and that can eventually be repurposed and recycled. When looking to make "greener" choices, I’ve learned it’s not just enough to consider the product itself...
- Crafts for Kids: Toy Creations (May 22, 2013) - In my house, we always seem to have an abundance of paper towel and toilet paper rolls! We constantly look for ways to repurpose material in our home, so I’ve come up with a few ideas to reuse these rolls as crafting material for my kids. Making homemade toys is a great way to reduce waste while inspiring your kids to use their imaginations!...
- Green up Your Camping Routine (May 20, 2013) - Camping and hiking are two of my family’s favorite spring and summertime activities. I love getting back to nature, exploring the woods, cooking over a fire, and ignoring my cell phone every once in a while! Camping is a great way to teach children to appreciate nature and the importance of eco-friendly planning during trips...
For over 125 years, we have shown a commitment to improve our manufacturing and operational processes to increase our energy efficiency and eliminate waste. Recent endeavors by the company in the manufacturing of our ironing aids and cleaning products exemplify a sustainable approach in the use of renewable resources. These innovations well exceed industry standards for sustainability and contribute to social and economic advancement on a global as well as local level.
Harnessing Solar Energy
We recently installed solar panels on our distribution center to complement the solar array on our historically renovated world headquarters. With the new solar panels, our solar energy capacity saves approximately 38,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year, reducing carbon emissions by over 30 metric tons per year.
Prior to the 2-piece steel packaging of our spray starch, spray starch was manufactured in 3-piece steel cans. We made a decision to be an industry leader and change our packaging to a 2-piece steel can thereby reducing the steel needed for the can by 30%. Though the design change to the packaging was risky, going against the well-established industry standard which had been in place for decades, competitors and others in the industry followed our example. This innovative practice not only reduced the use of a limited global resource of steel, it also reduced our carbon footprint associated with manufacturing and distributing our products and saved millions of gallons of water due to a change in the water treatment process attributable to the new can design.
Other examples of our commitment to the use of renewables in our manufacturing processes is our use of 100% post consumer recyclable plastic for the Bon Ami line of cleaning products, and the increased recycled material used in our powder cleanser packaging. These innovative steps of incorporating renewable in our products are leading examples for the industry, and benefit society globally.
Our commitment to the use of renewables is exemplified in the historic renovation of our Campus Headquarters which catalyzed the redevelopment and revitalization of the KCK Historic West Bottoms where Kansas City began. Our conversion of a decaying building into our world headquarters in Kansas City's Central Industrial District West Bottoms is a classic example of reuse. The building renovation incorporates brick, lumber and steel already found in the building and reduces energy consumption through its insulated roof and energy efficient windows. The renovation itself encourages economic development of an area which has suffered from blight for decades.
Visit Sustainable Features of Sewall Renovation for more information.
More Than Just a Roof
The roof of the Faultless Starch Distribution Center shelters more than reliable products trusted by millions around the planet. It represents the exceptional dedication of a company and community to the renaissance of an area where the dreams of a city began. Located in Kansas City's Historic West Bottoms, this roof is the first thing that vehicular and bike traffic see when entering the West Bottoms by way of the newly constructed Bruce Forrester Viaduct and River Front Heritage Trail. Visible from the bluffs on the west side of downtown, the solar panels are appreciated by all who overlook the bi-state region where neighborhoods and businesses have housed families and values through prosperous and challenging times. More than a symbol of the rebirth of an area, the Faultless roof with a solar array is a lesson and reminder that a "Green" photovoltaic roof is more than green technology. It is a “living roof” where bright, sustainable thinking and energy independence are nurtured. As these values grow, they will inspire a community and people to think beyond themselves and instill hope and pride in the generations that follow.
Our company-wide water conservation practices were designed to reduce energy consumption and improve the quality of our environment.
As part of our commitment to use fewer resources, we have reduced our water footprint by decreasing our water usage by more than 24% through improvements to our manufacturing operations over the past 5 years.
Concerted effort is made to ensure that our packages are not oversized and wasteful. Our 2-piece steel can has reduced the steel needed for the can by 30%. Though the design change to the packaging was risky due to the well-established 3-piece steel can standard which had been in place in the industry for decades, competitors and others in the industry followed our example. This innovative practice not only reduced the use of a limited global resource of steel, it also reduced our (and our competitors') carbon footprint associated with manufacturing and distributing our products and saved millions of gallons of water due to a change in the water treatment process attributable to the new can design.
We are committed to developing products that strike a cohesive balance between form, function, aesthetics, cost and environmental impact to create a sustainable product. By instituting water conservation measures in our manufacturing and corporate practices, we have been able to reduce the amount of water we use and the energy necessary to treat that water. In reformulating our products and packaging, we have significantly reduced carbon and green-house gas emissions associated with our products. Our recycling program lessens the impact on landfills while promoting sustainable thinking among our employees.
Consumer Laundry Products
- 2012. Increased use of recycled corrugated case boxes. In this past year, we've saved 1,700 trees and 91 metric tons greenhouse gas emissions.
- 2009. Lowered the level of propellant in our product to reduce VOC emissions.
- 2008. Reduced plastic in the 20-oz cap designs.
- 2008. Reduced plastic by moving to stacker caps on certain products.
- 2007. Reduced steel by switching from 3-piece to 2-piece aerosol can.
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- Down-gauged shrink wrap used on tray packs but maintained strength and durability.
- 2006. Down-gauged stretch film thickness, used to secure cases on pallets for distribution, while maintaining strength and durability.
- 2005. Eliminated plastic bag requirements for the valves we receive from our suppliers.
- 2005. Reduced overcap thickness for aerosol products.
- 2004. Reduced thickness of corrugated packaging and size of corrugated side flaps.
- 2003. Participate in supplier's returnable/recyclable plastic pallet program (Crown Cork & Seal).
- 2001. Participate in CSPA Product Care program & product symbol labeling program, to promote the protection of human health and the environment.
- 2000. Began pallet lease program-CHEP, focusing on pallet reuse.
- 1998. Upgraded our aerosol line, reducing our VOC emissions by 74%.
- 1998. Reduced the thickness of our product labels.
- 1998. Use of returnable totes and drums for a majority of our liquid raw materials.
- 1995. Reduced corrugation by eliminating second tray over the top of each tray; and going to one pallet cap for club stores.
- 1990's Continuing to transition to paperless communication, invoicing and payment.
- 1980's Prioritizing use of LTL carriers to reduce energy consumption.
Consumer Cleaning Products
Green chemistry is a design process that strives to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances. It's the best way to describe our company's approach to product design. We didn’t start out striving to be green. We just started out with simple ingredients and simple processes to give you products that work well without dangerous chemicals. Click here to read more about Bon Ami and the environment »
- 1995. Kleen King and Bon Ami packaging have post-compost material in the bottle and can.
- 1982. Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is 100% biodegradable. All bleaches have been eliminated from the product.
Commercial Laundry Products
The Commercial Laundry Products Group has focused sustainability efforts on our product line as well as the actions of our individual team members to lighten the overall environmental impact of the division. From new surfactant chemistry in our liquid products, to more enzyme use in our powders, to our EPA-approved Faultless By Nature line, we have reduced the impact on water treatment systems by reducing the number of rinses required in wash cycles, and made our products safer to handle. Our team members have made efforts to organize their routes to reduce miles driven, and continue to work with their customers on ordering patterns and recycling programs. Added together these steps have lightened our footprint, improved team morale, and helped our customers be better members of their communities.
Quality Control is continuously monitoring to assure that all formulas, raw materials and components maintain the specification that was set in the development of the product and thereby meeting the sustainability also set forth in the R&D process.
Our products do not contain any ingredient identified by the EPA to be a priority chemical that poses a risk to health or the environment. Should we become aware that any of our products contain a priority chemical, we will take action to remove that ingredient from our product.
We continuously look for opportunities to improve the manufacturing processes to make them more efficient:
- Formula – The raw materials selected in the R&D process, and the specifications for those materials, are maintained by the Q.C. process. Our Q.C. process assures that our products meet our specifications, giving special consideration to any new sources that use more sustainable processes. The location of raw production in relationship to our facility and any other alteration to the raw material that lead to the beneficial improvement of the process.
- Components (cans, caps, boxes, valves, etc.) – Q.C. always works with the suppliers of these components used in our products to assure they are the most sustainable design they can be.
Careful studies are implemented to ensure that our packages are not oversized and wasteful. Our 2-piece steel can has reduced the steel needed for the can by 30%. Though the design change to the packaging was risky due to the well-established industry standard of a 3-piece steel can which had been in place for decades, competitors and others in the industry followed our example. This innovative practice not only reduced the use of a limited global resource of steel, it also reduced our carbon footprint associated with manufacturing and distributing our products and saved millions of gallons of water due to a change in the water treatment process attributable to the new can design.
Awards & Recognition
We are proud to have received numerous Sustainability and Environmental awards and recognition throughout the years.
Oct 28, 2013 Faultless Starch / Bon Ami Co. receives an award for our recently installed solar panels during KCIC's Sustainability Awards.
Jun 13, 2013 Garden Weasel donates tools to Habitat Kansas City ReStore.
Mar 13, 2013 Hey Good Friends! Bon Ami had a great time at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim last weekend.