Why Sustainability

  • Better for the environment.

  • Improve our bottom line.

  • We will benefit from healthier and safer working conditions.

  • Can be positioned as a competitive advantage.

Sue's Quilting Company Goals

Pollution Prevention Resource Conservation Zero Waste to Landfill

Waste Reduction / Minimization Zero Discharge Reduce Carbon Footprint, Zero Emissions



Lean Manufacturing Alternative Energy Responsible Consumption Waste Management

Reuse and Recycling Advocacy Innovation

Pollution Prevention (P2)

Pollution can occur in the air, water, or soil. Pollution prevention, sometimes referred to as P2, refers to reducing or eliminating waste at the source. Goals such as waste reduction and reducing carbon footprint ultimately support a much broader objective of pollution prevention.



  1. Modify your production processes to emit less waste or emissions

  2. Use non-toxic or less-toxic substances

  3. Implement conservation techniques (use less energy and water at your facility)

  4. Reuse materials, such as production scrap or shop towels, rather than putting them into the waste stream

  5. Reduce packaging


Resource Conservation

Resource conservation refers to the practice of using resources such as water, energy, and raw materials efficiently and ethically.



  1. Install low-flow faucets and water efficient toilets

  2. Reduce landscape water use

  3. Engage employees to be more conscientious

  4. Install automatic light shut off

  5. Use energy efficient light bulbs

  6. Reduce scrap material during production


Real World Examples: 

  1. Bosh: According to the Bosh website, they have a goal to reduce waste and water consumption by 2% every year

  2. Graphics Packaging: Graphics Packaging has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the use of non-renewable energy, reduce water effluent at mills, and increase recovery of paper and paperboard by 2020.


Zero Waste to Landfill

Having a zero waste to landfill goal means you plan to eliminate all discharge to landfill. It means you are not shipping any wastes for treatment at a landfill.

While zero waste and zero waste the landfill are often used interchangeably, zero waste to landfill is a component of zero waste.  When a facility acquires the zero waste to landfill (ZWTL) status, it means that absolutely no manufacturing waste from the facility goes to landfill sites.

Some issues with a zero to landfill goal is that a company could incinerate their waste and still claim zero landfill.  Unfortunately, Waste to Energy (WTE) can produce large amounts of ash that must still be landfilled.

Real World Examples

  1. New York City: OneNYC 2050 is a strategy to secure the city’s future against the challenges of today and tomorrow. With bold actions to confront our climate crisis, achieve equity, and strengthen our democracy, their goal is to build a strong and fair city.  Many cities and even states also have zero waste goals, such as Minneapolis,Washington DCWashingtonSan FranciscoSan DiegoDallas, and Austin

  2. Nestle: According to their sustainability site, Nestle has a goal to reach 100% Zero Waste by 2030.


Waste Minimization / Waste Reduction

Waste reduction is the method used to achieve zero waste.

According to the EPA, waste minimization refers to the use of source reduction and/or environmentally sound recycling methods prior to energy recovery, treatment, or disposal of wastes.

If zero waste is too ambitious of a goal, you can start with a goal of waste reduction or waste minimization.


  1. Switch to a laundering service for your shop towelsmops, gloves, oil absorbents, and filter bags.


Real World Example

  1. Amcor: In January 2018, Amcor announced a commitment to develop all packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025. They also pledged to significantly increase their use of recycled materials and drive more recycling of packaging around the world.


Thousands of manufacturers achieve waste reduction with reuse laundering programs for towelsmops, gloves, and oil absorbents.

Zero Discharge

Zero discharge means to eliminate discharge pollutants from a point source (such as a building or processing plant) to local waterways.

Zero discharge can refer to a plant eliminating all pollutants (for example, Gold Inc. has zero discharge from their processing plant) or a specific pollutant (for example, Bronze Inc. has zero copper discharge into receiving water from their operations).

Part of zero discharge includes being a good water steward. According to the Water Council, good water stewards understand their own water use, watershed context and shared risk in terms of water governance, water balance, water quality, and important water-related areas.



  1. Recycle industrial wastewater by treating any reusable water or other material from wastewater and transferring any potential pollutants to a solid phase (sludge).

  2. Reduce the amount of water needed during production


Real World Example

  1. Levi Strauss: To help preserve fresh water supplies for drinking and other necessary uses, Levi Strauss & Co. developed a standard to encourage the preservation of fresh water through water recycling.


Zero Emissions

Reducing your carbon footprint is to reduce your carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming.



  1. Reduce waste (this is one way you can reduce your carbon footprint)

  2. Buy energy efficient items with the ENERGY STAR® logo or items that are EPEAT registered for the office.

  3. Consider using EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM), which was designed to help solid waste planners organize and track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

  4. Invest in renewable energy

  5. Purchase flexible fuel fleet vehicles, or low emissions vehicles


Real World Examples

  1. GM: According to their 2017 sustainability report, GM has an unwavering commitment to an all-electric, zero-emissions future, regardless of any modifications to future fuel economy standards. They are investing in multiple technologies that offer increasing levels of vehicle electrification. They have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

  2. Komatsu Mining: As part of their Environmental Sustainability Program, they are continuously reviewing all of our facilities’ operations to reduce our global carbon footprint.

  3. Ball Corp: Ball Corp’s goal is to cut the carbon footprint of their beverage cans by 25 percent


Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is a systematic method for waste minimization within a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity. These wastes refer to defects, excess processing, overproduction, waiting, inventory, moving, motion, and non-utilized talent.

A reduction in excess processing and defects, in particular, can have a substantial impact on environmental sustainability.


Real world example

  1. Viking Plastics: In 2011, Viking Plastics embarked on a journey of continuous improvement and culture transformation, following the “2-Second Lean” model. They educated all of their employees — in all job descriptions — on the “eight wastes” targeted for elimination by lean manufacturing organizations.


Alternative / Renewable Energy

Alternative energy refers to all non-fossil-fuel-based energy sources and processes. Examples include solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, wave power, nuclear, hydropower.


Real world example:

  1. Toyota: According to their sustainability website, Toyota is evaluating applications of solar, geothermal and stationary hydrogen fuel cells, as well as the purchase of green power either directly from a utility company or through renewable energy credits. They are also experimenting with other types of renewable and alternative energy, such as geothermal systems and landfill gas.


Responsible Consumption

Responsible consumption means using our resources and energy efficiently.  Responsibility lies in the hands of everyone – manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and consumers.


  1. Encourage carpooling or riding a bike to work

  2. Utilize rerouting and logistics to minimize fuel consumption

  3. Use less packaging in your product


Responsible Waste Management

Responsible waste management falls into the hands of every person, and company, that generates waste.  It means that waste is properly segregated and handled accordingly.  According to the EPA’s waste management hierarchy, source reduction and reuse are the preferred methods, followed by recycling, energy recovery, and finally, treatment and disposal.



  1. Designate colored recycling bins for different wastes and make them accessible to all employees

  2. Evaluate all waste, and find a way to move it up the waste hierarchy.


Reuse & Recycling

Recycling means turning an item into raw materials which can be used again, usually for a completely new product. Reuse, in contrast, refers to using an object as it is without breaking it down.

Reuse is preferred over recycling because recycling consumes more energy.



  1. Switch to launderable, reusable oil absorbents.

  2. Using a towel rental service instead of one-time-use wipes



Advocacy is the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. Advocacy can be a powerful way for companies to effect real change in environmental sustainability.


  1. Educate peers about corporate sustainability

  2. Educate consumers about responsible consumption

  3. Lobby for new policies or regulations

  4. Donate to non-profit organizations that support sustainability



Innovation can accelerate and even revolutionize environmental sustainability initiatives.  It can come in the form of product or process innovation and is a key part of achieving sustainability goals.


  1. Upgrade to new equipment that results in fewer defective parts (and, therefore, less waste)

  2. Modify product packaging so that it can be easily recycled.


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111 East High Street

Jefferson City, MO 65101

(573) 896-5661


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131 West High Street

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Jefferson City, MO 65101


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