Hudson Group is accustomed to working with the unique operating requirements and procedures of every airport in which we operate. For example, the majority of airports have very specific procedures for handling trash and recycling. As we do in all the airports in which we operate, we will meticulously abide by whatever procedures and requirements YVR stipulates for recycling.
Recognizing that environmental initiatives have become an important issue and concern with our airport partners, Hudson created its own Green Team. Hudson’s Green Team meets on a regular basis to keep our business eco-friendly and conscious with new initiatives. Hudson does not have a stated company-wide environmental management policy for all locations. However, we strongly encourage each of our locations to make judicious use of paper and shipping supplies, as this procedure simply makes sense from a cost standpoint. Our company also encourages the use of email over paper mail where practical and economically feasible. All of our operations and executive team members are equipped with Blackberrys to help make email easier. When new environmentally sound products are available, either that we can use in our store operations or products that we offer in our locations Hudson often incorporates them. Examples include:
Stores uses epi Oxo biodegradable plastic shopping bags. Using Totally Plastic Degradable Additives (TDPA), our shopping bags are environmentally friendly, reduce landfill volume and are recyclable. Also, the addition of TDPA does not affect the performance of recyclable plastics. They are also bags of proven performance and quality, just as sturdy as generic, non biodegradable products. Additionally, the receipts that Hudson stores use come in recyclable boxes and the tubes are recyclable too.
Also, many of the products we sell (and many of the containers they come in) are environmentally conscious, such as those from Dasani and Odwalla.
Dasani brand water, which we sell quite a bit of in our locations has begun a plant-based bottle, national marketing initiative beginning in April of 2011. Hudson takes part in this.
- Dasani ‘s plantbottle is made of 30% of plant based material and is 100% recyclable. It looks and feels like regular PET bottles.
- Made from sugarcane and molasses and sugar production by-products, it helps get the most out of agricultural practices.
- Holds carbonation.
- Maintains stability at high temperatures.
- High strength.
Odwalla is using breakthrough packaging technology to transition its single-serve packaging to 100% recyclable HDPE made from up to 100% plant-based materials. Odwalla’s PlantBottle™ packaging was launched across all single-serve sizes in March 2011.
100% plant-based material and 100% recyclable in curbside programs (#2 bottle same as current) that looks and feels exactly like traditional HDPE.
- Odwalla’s PlantBottle™ packaging is made with up to 100% of its material derived from sugarcane juice. The package helps reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, a non-renewable resource.
- The Brazilian sugarcane used in PlantBottle poses no threat to the rainforest or to food prices and 99.7% of sugarcane production is located at least 2000km from the Amazon Rainforest.
- The potential annual CO2 emission reduction from the use of plant-based material instead of petroleum to make our PlantBottle™ packaging is equal to a savings of almost 400,000 gallons of gas.