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Manufacturing

  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Program
  • Reducing our Carbon Footprint
  • Environmental Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Emergency Response

People, practices, philosophy and passion are all part of sustainable manufacturing at Tupperware Brands. Through our comprehensive policies and high standards, we protect the health and safety of our associates, act as good stewards to the environment, and produce quality sustainable products.
Sustainability extends to Tupperware Brands’our pollution prevention and resource conservation initiatives. Strict, state-of-the-art environmental standards are in place at our manufacturing plants worldwide. Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are utilized as a method of managing processes and procedures that allow us to analyze, control and reduce the environmental impact of activities, products and services.

Whether we seek alternative chemicals and manufacturing techniques or install energy-efficient lighting and wastewater treatment systems, we continue to work diligently to reduce our global environmental impact. We also take pride in protecting the well-being of our associates at our manufacturing plants across the globe. We are committed to assuring that Associates go home to their families injury-free at the end of each work day.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Program

The “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” (3R) resource conservation and pollution prevention program is an important part of sustainability in our manufacturing plants. Reducing the consumption of fuel, plastics, paper, cardboard, and wood products through the 3R program preserves natural resources while providing financial savings for the company.

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Since its inception, ourOur 3R program has consistently improved resource efficiency in our manufacturing plants. The total mass of material reduced, reused and recycled track the materials conserved through process and waste handling changes implemented in each given year. The results are also reflected in theThis resulted in a financial savings that offsets spending on the plants’ environmental and safety efforts. The mass of materials conserved and the resulting financial savings were lower in 2012 compared to previous years due to improved efficiencies. As resource efficiency improves, we challenge ourselves to identify new and innovative opportunities for material reduction and reuse as part of our worldwide environmental standards. Efficiency gained from previously implemented process and waste handling changes will also continue to contribute to increasing resource efficiency.

Our consistent year-to-year success is achieved through various means, such as identifying new opportunities for material reuse and reduction, increasing the segregation of recyclable materials from the waste stream, and following uniform environmental standards worldwide.

Recycled packaging materials are also used at our manufacturing plants. Almost all of our plants use paper and corrugated cardboards with recycled content. Returned Tupperware® plastic products are also recycled and utilized for non-food purposes

In 2012, our manufacturing operations withdrew approximately 526,738 m3 of water (compared to 519,000 m3 of water in 2011). Water sources are primarily municipal or private water suppliesutility providers, utilities, on-site wells and rainwater collection. Wastewater treatment systems have also been installed around the world, since good, clean water is an important commodity to be conserved and maintained.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Since our first greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory was completed for 2008, we have focused our carbon management efforts on identifying opportunities and taking actions to reduce our carbon footprint.

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The annual Tupperware Brands GHG inventory was developed Calculated using the internationally accepted GHG Protocol., As shown in the figure, mmost of the GHG emissions originated from “Scope 2” (indirect sources such as electricity use), with some “Scope 1” (direct emissions from fuels used in our facilities and fleet).

As manufacturing plants account for over 80% of our GHG emissions, we have especially focused on reducing direct and indirect emissions from our plant facilities. With the implementation of energy efficiency programs, the aggregate electricity and fuel consumptions at our manufacturing plants have been decreasing year after year. As a result, while the GHG emissions were higher in 2012 compared to its preceding year, we have been able to consistently reduceour GHG emissions today (expressed in terms of CO2 emissions) are lower compared to 2008 despite production increases. The higher GHG emission in 2012 is attributed to changes in fuel mix used to generate the electricity at one of our larger manufacturing plants, according to information reported by its utility provider. from Tupperware Brands’ global operations. Calculated using the internationally accepted GHG Protocol, most of the GHG emissions originated from “Scope 2” indirect sources such as electricity use, with some “Scope 1” direct emissions from fuels used in our facilities and fleet. Much of the reduction was due to the increase of renewable energy sources in our electricity mix globally. In addition, reduction in energy consumption through process redesign, equipment conversion and retrofitting, and changes in energy consumption practices also contributed to the lower carbon footprint.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Tupperware Brands Facilities

Nevertheless, none of our operations are energy intensive, so our CO2 emissions are relatively low. Therefore, through our resource conservation efforts, we have also focused on avoiding the indirect GHG emissions embedded in the resources we consumein our supply chain. By conserving materials through our 3R program, we avoided emissions associated with the manufacturing and transportation of our raw materials, packaging materials and other resources. Using standard lifecycle analysis (LCA) methodology, the estimated emission avoided annually from the 3R program offsets the majority of the greenhouse gas emissions from Tupperware Brands. through our resource conservation efforts.
Through our 3R program, we have avoided emissions in our supply chain from reduced use of raw materials and virgin products, increase in forest carbon sequestration and avoided landfills. GHG avoided from 3R activities is, in fact, greater than the total GHG emissions from Tupperware Brands’ operations.

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Environmental Management

Our manufacturing facilities use a process of continual improvement to implement sustainable practices that ensure a safe and eco-friendly company. We meet our health, safety and environmental goals and objectives through the following tools:

  • Worldwide standardized policies & procedures
  • Conducting internal regulatory audits and inspections
  • Training
  • Tracking resources
  • Eliminating hazards, and
  • Conserving energy

In addition, our Belgium Tupperware plant is certified to the ISO14001 international standard on environmental management system. Total environmental expenditures for Tupperware Brands in 2012 were $1.3 million (compared to $1.4 million in 2011), with over 70% (compared to 60% in 2011) of the expenditures directed towards pollution prevention and environmental management.

We are constantly vigilant regarding our processes and use of raw materials and continually seek alternative chemicals and manufacturing techniques to reduce global impact. Tupperware® products manufacturing plants have minimal chemicals in their manufacturing processes, while the Beauty facilities, by their very nature, process more substances. While our air emissions are minimal, we began tracking air emissions in 2010 as part of our internal Total Quality Report process. The Total Quality Report process now includes more detailed tracking of each facility’s environmental performance and resource conservation program. All significant spills and environmental issues must be reported to the company’s Environmental & Safety Engineering Department and must also be included in the annual TQR submitted by each facility.

Regular internal audits and inspections ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. To date, there are no significant spills, monetary fines, non-monetary sanctions, governmental sanctions or environmental cases brought against the company. This attests to the success of our environmental management programs.

Health and Safety

Our commitment to the health and safety of our associates continues to be one of the core values of the company. This commitment can be seen in the recordable and lost time injury rates that are a fraction of the U.S. manufacturing industry’s benchmarks. Recordable and lost time injury rates for each type of our manufacturing operations are also well below their respective industry average.

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Health and safety trainings are conducted at our manufacturing plants based on training needs identified in our worldwide environmental, health and safety policies and procedures. At unionized facilities, health and safety trainings are also conducted as part of our union contracts. A formal safety committee in each manufacturing plant is comprised of 50% management and 50% worker representation. The size of the committee varies according to plant size.

We also conduct annual Health Fairs at our manufacturing plants. At these events, we offer blood pressure screenings, blood tests, mammograms, nutritional facts and preventative health guidelines for our associates. Audiograms and hearing tests are also provided for our associates. Tupperware Brands is constantly on the lookout for additional programs to enhance our Global Health Initiative.

Emergency Response

All of our facilities have comprehensive Business Continuity Plans to address disruptions caused by fire, severe weather, medical incidents and chemical spills. The plans include detailed actions to be taken by the trained plant emergency response teams.

Several of our larger plants have medical staff, including medical doctors or nurses on site. In addition, our plants provide blood borne pathogen awareness training to our associates. Each department within a plant has personnel trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.

We also maintain a company-wide pandemic policy that addresses the needs of associates and their families, should an illness require preventive measures. We have considered how such events may impact our Sales Force, and have determined the best way to support them.