Every Day Should Be Earth Day

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Happy Earth Day from Melaleuca

At Melaleuca, we celebrate Earth Day and recognize that a clean environment is essential to living a healthy life. We are pleased with our heritage of developing health and wellness products using innovative business practices that are environmentally friendly.

Melaleuca makes it possible for hundreds of thousands of families to live clean by providing them with safer, more effective products powered by nature. Where many of our competitors use harsh chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine bleach and phosphates to formulate their household products, Melaleuca steers clear of such ingredients.

We believe that natural, biodegradable ingredients can provide the same or better cleaning effectiveness as those chemicals – without doing damage to the environment inside our homes and without doing any damage to our streams and oceans once we dispose of them. Our products are processed, packaged and delivered in environmentally conscientious ways, offering customers a safe and effective alternative to those store brands.

Melaleuca’s Commitment

Long before being green was a popular market position for consumer manufacturers, Melaleuca made environmental wellness an important part of its company culture.

  • No Harsh Chemicals – Instead of harsh chemicals like chlorine bleach, ammonia, phthalates, and formaldehyde, Melaleuca EcoSense® products are powered by naturally derived ingredients including essential oils.
  • Formulation – Melaleuca EcoSense products are formulated with natural, biodegradable ingredients that do not disrupt the ecosystem when they return to our waterways.
  • Concentrated Products – Using less plastic, less fuel, and less water means having to use fewer resources and creating less pollution.
  • Manufacturing – We use sustainably sourced and recycled materials in our catalogs, shipping materials, and product packaging. We also recycle every material we can, from cardboard boxes to plastic bottles.
  • Energy – Our distribution facility uses skylights and energy-efficient lighting to cut back on electricity. Our Idaho Falls facilities are powered by 97% hydro and wind energy.
  • Shipping – We save people the cost of driving to the grocery store by shipping products directly to them. Trucks leave our distribution center packed to full capacity in order to maximize fuel use.

As a result of Melaleuca’s environmental commitment for nearly 30 years, Melaleuca customers have helped save:

  • Waste: 166,100,000 pounds of plastic
  • Energy: 34,800,000 gallons of gasoline
  • Air: 37,000,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Water: 84,082,000 pounds of algae-choking waterways

 

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Four Simple Suggestions

It’s up to all of us to take care of this planet. If we all make just a few simple changes in our daily routines, the world will become cleaner and healthier for generations to come. These four suggestions will not only help create a healthier environment for you, but they have the potential to help preserve a healthy environment for generations to come.

  1. Avoid household products with harmful chemicals

Many popular household cleaners sold at grocery stores contain harmful chemicals that end up going down the drain. Those chemicals are not removed after passing through a water treatment facility, and they can end up in lakes and rivers.

One type of chemical that wreaks havoc on our waterways is phosphates, which change the chemistry of natural waters and encourage the growth of algae, triggering a process called eutrophication. This depletes water oxygen and suffocates fish and other aquatic life.

People can make a difference by avoiding household products that contain harmful chemicals and choosing products from companies that are committed to eco-friendly practices. Melaleuca products have always been formulated to contain no chlorine bleach, ammonia, formaldehyde, phosphates, phthalates, or harsh chemicals.

  1. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Recycle old newspapers, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and plastic containers to help reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills each year. Over 75% of waste is recyclable but only 25 percent gets recycled. Reducing the amount of garbage you throw away by reusing what you have or recycling it not only keeps it out of landfills, but it also helps decrease the resources used to manufacture new products and it can save you money as well.

  1. Skip a trip in your car.

42 percent of the population of the United States lives in counties with unhealthy air pollution levels. Skip a car trip once a week by taking mass transit, riding your bike, walking, or carpooling. It’s a smart, healthy way to reduce air pollution and fuel consumption.

  1. Adjust your thermostat

The electricity you depend on every day most likely comes from burning fossil fuel. It’s the burning of coal, oil, or natural gas that allows you to flip on a light, turn on the TV, or plug in a curling iron. All of that burning doesn’t come without a cost to the environment.

Did you know 45 percent of your home energy consumption comes from heating and cooling? Program or manually turn down your thermostat by two degrees in the winter and turn it up two degrees in the summer to cut back on energy costs.

Hot water also leads to consuming a lot of energy at home. To conserve, use EcoSense® laundry products with cold water. They’re formulated to clean and brighten clothes in all temperatures—including cold. Just these two minor changes alone could reduce the energy you consume by 15 percent. Plus, you could save up to $200 a year on your energy bill.