Burt’s Bees Buys Wind Power Credits
|By Chris Welch in Green Products, Wind Power | February 13, 2008|
Burt’s Bees, makers of ‘Earth Friendly Natural Personal Care’ products has purchased wind credits to offset 100 percent of the company’s electricity use. The purchase was made from Renewable Choice Energy of Boulder, Colorado.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that this purchase helps avoid the same amount of CO2 emissions produced by nearly 563 passenger vehicles annually.
“Burtâ€™s Bees is committed to supporting the development of clean renewable wind energy and to continuously improving our companyâ€™s overall environmental footprint,â€ť said John Replogle, president and CEO of Burtâ€™s Bees. â€śIn addition to the energy and resource conservation efforts we currently have in place, this purchase of wind RECs is a step in the right direction as we do our part to move our country toward a more sustainable energy future.â€ť
Burt’s Bees is also asking their employees to join in on the offset program for their own home energy consumption:
Burtâ€™s Bees is encouraging its employees to join the company in supporting wind power by participating in Renewable Choice Energyâ€™s home wind power program, which enables consumers to purchase RECs offsetting their home energy use. When employees sign up for the wind power program, the company will pay 50 percent of the employeeâ€™s first year charges as part of its employee benefits package. As part of its commitment to Burtâ€™s Bees, Renewable Choice Energy held an on-site educational training for employees on renewable energy and the REC market.
I have been a Burt’s Bees customer for years, and when they were bought this past fall by Clorox I wondered where the brand would go and if they would remain grounded to their original values. Looks like they are still moving in the right direction.