Company helps clients in Canada go green; save 467,296 gallons of water
& 1,135 trees in 2007
BURLINGTON, ON, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Sodexo's change to recycled paper napkins
in its more than 400 foodservice operations has resulted in savings of nearly
a half of a million gallons of fresh water and more than a thousand trees,
according to calculations from the Recycled Products Cooperative.
The new program - implemented in 2007 - has also saved 267,000 kilowatts
of energy, 25,368 gallons of oil and kept 4,005 pounds of pollutants from
clouding Canadian skies. Some 200 cubic yards of paper were diverted from
landfill space. In addition, Sodexo has implemented Tork(R) Xpressnap(R)
napkin program in all its client sites, which creates additional environmental
savings. The program has resulted in a 25 to 50% reduction in the actual
number of paper napkins used thanks to new dispensers that dispense a single
napkin at a time. Tork Xpressnap napkins are made from 100% recycled fiber and
are EcoLogoCM certified.
"These recycled products and dispensers that reduce waste are simple,
easy and effective ways that Sodexo is helping our clients to be more 'green'
and save money at the same time," said Jon Kristjanson, Vice President
Corporate Services and Communications for Sodexo. "It is one example of the
little things we each can do everyday to help fight global warming."
The cooperative calculates that each ton of 100% post-consumer recycled
paper that displaces a ton of virgin fiber paper saves 7,000 gallons of water,
4,100 kw hours of electricity and prevents 60 pounds of pollutants from
entering the atmosphere. In addition, use of recycled products helps protect
wildlife habitat, diverts useful items from landfills (which saves both space
and money), and helps preserve the earth's natural beauty.
Sodexo has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, World
Index, and STOXX Sustainability Index for three consecutive years. This year,
Dow Jones also recognized the company as a supersector worldwide leader on
sustainability. The company's corporate citizenship priorities include
fighting hunger and malnutrition, improving the quality of life of those
served, promoting health & wellness, conducting ethical business, and
promoting sustainability. Sodexo's food and environmental platform in North
America focuses on sourcing and providing locally grown foods, improving
nutrition, promoting local economies, energy conservation and carbon
reduction, reducing the use of toxic chemicals, integrated waste management
and minimizing packaging.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexo.com) is a leading integrated food and facilities
management services company in the Canada, the US and Mexico, with
$7.3 billion in annual revenue and 125,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than
ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and
retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government and remote sites.
Sodexo Canada is headquartered in Burlington, ON., is a member of Sodexo
Group, and funds the Sodexo Foundation an independent charitable organization
that, since its founding in 2001, has donated more than 350,000 free meals to
at risk youth in Canada.
For further information:
For further information: Jon Kristjanson, Tel: (905) 632-8592 Ext. 250,