Kimberly-Clark Professional Honors Industry Leaders for Sustainability Achievements in PPE Recycling Program

In a remarkable display of commitment to sustainability and responsible waste management, Kimberly-Clark Professional has proudly announced the recipients of the 2023 Greenovation Awards. These prestigious accolades recognize the exceptional efforts of companies that actively participated in the KC Professional RightCycle program, a groundbreaking initiative enabling the recycling of single-use personal protective equipment (PPE).

Last year, the award-winning companies, including Boston Scientific, Catalent, Cook Medical, and many more industry leaders, collectively diverted an astounding 220 tons of discarded PPE from landfills through their engagement with the RightCycle program. This outstanding achievement underscores their unwavering dedication to sustainability and their vital role in reducing the environmental impact of their operations.

The RightCycle program, launched in 2011, has proven to be a game-changer, helping over 1,000 KC Professional customers divert more than 2,250 tons of PPE waste from landfills. This milestone is a testament to the significant positive impact achieved over the years, fostering a circular economy and conserving valuable resources.

Kimberly-Clark Professional’s customers have demonstrated exceptional leadership in sustainability, not only through their participation in the RightCycle program but also through various other initiatives aimed at reducing their environmental footprint. The company commends these organizations for their proactive approach to waste management and environmental preservation.

Ashley Davis, the global sustainability manager at KC Professional, expressed admiration for the award recipients’ remarkable accomplishments. Davis praised their commitment to making a difference and their outstanding contributions to waste management and environmental stewardship. Their dedication sets an inspiring example for the industry and demonstrates the transformative power of responsible recycling initiatives.

Through the RightCycle program, the collected PPE materials are sent to regional recycling partners, who process and convert them into plastic pellets. These pellets serve as raw materials for manufacturing a wide range of consumer products, including lawn furniture, benches, and bicycle racks. By transforming discarded PPE into useful items, the program promotes a circular economy, reducing waste and conserving valuable resources.

Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Greenovation Awards celebrate the pivotal role that businesses play in creating a sustainable future. The recognized companies serve as beacons of inspiration for the industry, showcasing the incredible impact that can be achieved through responsible waste management and recycling initiatives. As more organizations prioritize sustainability, their collective efforts contribute to a cleaner environment and a more sustainable world.

With the 2023 Greenovation Awards, Kimberly-Clark Professional recognizes and applauds the tireless efforts of these industry leaders, urging others to follow in their footsteps. Together, we can build a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come.


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