One of the top ten energy consumers in McHenry County, Illinois, Sage Products, is a manufacturer and distributor of disposable healthcare products. The company is also leading an initiative to reduce CO2 emissions and electricity consumption. By purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates for 50 percent of the company’s energy needs, Sage Products is working to reduce their carbon footprint and maintain company-wide sustainability.
The company’s investment of 2,963 megawatt hours of renewable energy this year is a reduction of a minimum 3,248,011 pounds of carbon dioxide. The company has also begun manufacturing and selling a wider variety of more environmentally friendly products, such as barrier cream clothes that use 90 percent less packaging.
"Everyone at Sage is focused on our commitment to environmentally responsible business practices,” said Sage President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Brown. “All of our associates are encouraged and empowered to find ways to reduce wastefulness across the entire company. No ideas are too small, and we are not afraid to invest in opportunities that help on a large scale, such as renewable energy."
Sage’s efforts will be equivalent to reducing the emissions from 165,135 gallons of consumed gas, 19.4 tanker trucks of gasoline, annual emissions from 289 vehicles or annual electricity use of 184 homes.