Amway India, one of the largest FMCG direct selling companies in the country, has become ‘Pre- and Post-Consumer Plastic Waste Neutral’ after having managed 100% post-consumer plastic waste based on its Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) collection 2 and recycled 100% pre-consumer plastic waste generated at the Amway manufacturing facility.
The company has collected and recycled 800 metric tons of post-consumer plastic waste 3, which is equivalent to managing over 50 million units of plastic product waste comprising bottles, tubes, caps, jars, and sachets of different sizes. Additionally, it has recycled and reused 100% hazardous products and plastic waste at its manufacturing plant to achieve pre-plastic waste neutrality.
Driving its business through the lens of overall environmental and societal impact, the company has embedded some discernible steps to meet its sustainability ambitions, thereby reinforcing its vision of helping people live better, healthier lives.
Commenting on the achievement, Adip Roy, Associate Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Amway India said, “At Amway, our commitment to a healthy planet reflects in our products, processes, and philosophies. Sustainability is not just about compliance but is an intrinsic part of Amway’s culture. Achieving pre- and post-consumer plastic waste neutrality is one of our key milestones. As we move forward, we will continue to explore ways to reduce plastic waste pollution and in line with what we are envisaging by making our product bottles from recycled plastics. We are committed and determined to become a more sustainable company, bringing a positive change in the world, and enabling future generations to thrive.”
As a responsible corporate, Amway India was one of the first brand owners in the country to have registered with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for Plastic Waste Management.
Further, at Amway India, a cross-functional team primarily from the manufacturing and planning & procurement departments have together made remarkable efforts to further minimize the impact of the business on the planet, aiming for long-term sustainable growth of the organization. Some of the key sustainability initiatives include the usage of renewable energy at the plant, soil and water conservation, and sustainable farming practices. Further, through consistent sustainability efforts, the company – by way of paper reduction, supply chain optimization, and usage of solar power – was able to reduce carbon emissions by close to 10.50 lakh KGCO2e, equivalent to saving 47000 trees year-on-year.
Building its sustainability story in the sourcing of ingredients for Nutrilite with a rich legacy of over 80 years, the brand Nutrilite from Amway has championed the seed-to-supplement approach to supplementation. The company has been sourcing its ingredients from plants grown on its own certified farms and partner farms, thereby offering quality nutrition products worldwide.
In line with its commitment to sustainability, Amway has been practicing ecological sustainability standards in farming, such as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), landscape conserved with diversity, and choosing the right geographical location for cultivation and collection of herbs.
Furthermore, traceability is another integral part that helps in creating a transparent supply chain, advancing sustainability purposes, aiding documentation, and tracking the product path right from raw material to finished goods, ensuring the safety and quality of the product.
Green Initiatives in and around Amway India’s Manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu.
Amway India’s manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu is recognized with the prestigious LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council as being one of the most environment-friendly and sustainable facilities in the country.
With a commitment to environmental conservation, the company has taken some conscious steps inside its manufacturing site including some the key initiatives such as
- 63% of energy consumption is from renewable sources of wind and solar power
- It houses one of the biggest roof-top solar plants in Tamil Nadu, spanning around 100,000 sqft, and is a Zero -water discharge site
- Rainwater harvesting with storage of 5000KLs of water
- Advanced water recycling process and reuse of wastewater for landscaping purposes
As a part of its social responsibility, Amway India has initiated a water conservation project around its manufacturing plant in Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu. The project aimed at raising groundwater levels helps mitigate water scarcity for agriculture and drinking purposes. The water conservation project has improved the groundwater level in 7 villages, benefiting more than 10,000 people, including farmers.