ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Turning paper towel dispensers into auto parts and hot cups into compost are examples of how Georgia-Pacific breathes new life into its products to meet the sustainability expectations of customers and consumers.
The company's updated corporate sustainability website www.gp.com/sustainability shows that it doesn't take magic to have sustainable products and operations. Instead, it takes a complete approach based on understanding the social, environmental and economic impacts of the company's decisions and actions on the communities where it has operations, on the environment and the company's business, and through the entire life cycle of its products.
"Sustainability is part of what we do every day at Georgia-Pacific," says Bill Frerking, vice president and chief sustainability officer. "This site is a good way to let our employees, customers, communities and others know about our widespread sustainability activities."
The updated sustainability site reflects the extent of Georgia-Pacific's efforts to be sustainable in all aspects of its business. The site includes examples of how the company sources raw materials, gets its products from place to place in the most efficient way, and how products such as some corrugated boxes and gypsum wallboard can perform just as well (or even better) when made using fewer resources.
The site also shows how Georgia-Pacific employees are making personal sustainability choices by working safely and participating in the company's wellness program, Get Well Stay Well. The site also features the company's efforts to help build sustainable communities with support for education and sanitation facilities.
"We know that there's no finish line when it comes to sustainability," says Frerking. "There are always things we can do better. But we should also acknowledge our accomplishments as we strive to provide products and services that customers and consumers prefer over the alternatives and supply them as efficiently as we can. Operating sustainably is important to Georgia-Pacific's future success."
Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs nearly 40,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe. Georgia-Pacific creates long-term value by using resources efficiently to provide innovative products and solutions that meet the needs of customers and society, while operating in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible and economically sound. The familiar consumer tissue brands of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras® and Vanity Fair®. Dixie Consumer Products LLC, a Georgia-Pacific company, manufactures the Dixie® brand of tabletop products. Georgia-Pacific has long been among the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers, with brands such as Plytanium® plywood, DryPly® water repellent plywood, Ply-Bead® panels and Wood I Beam™ joists offered by Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC and DensArmor Plus® interior panels, DensGlass® Sheathing and ToughRock® drywall offered by Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC. For more information, visit www.gp.com, www.facebook.com/georgiapacific or www.twitter.com/georgiapacific.