By Hana Medina
THESE DAYS, WET wipes are a go-to
cleaning solution for just about everything.
That’s why Costco and Nice-Pak (the world’s
largest wet-wipe producer, and a longtime
Costco supplier) are working to ensure that
wet wipes aren’t saving consumers time and
energy at the expense of the environment.
Together, the companies have developed the
Kirkland SignatureTM line of baby, household and facial wipes using plant-based
fibers and sustainable sourcing, manufacturing and packaging.
To Nice-Pak, eco-friendly is a synonym
for business friendly. “Thinking clean and
working green [Nice-Pak’s sustainability
code] is part of our total business model,”
explains Patricia Raggi, senior director of
customer marketing for Nice-Pak. “There
are certain efficiencies derived from taking
waste out of the system, which helps us
improve our business and create and deliver
products at competitive prices.”
Eco-friendly practices are foremost
when it comes to Nice-Pak’s products (see
diagram) and its day-to-day operations.
; Two of the three Nice-Pak manufacturing facilities (in Orangeburg, New York,
and Mooresville, Indiana) are zero-landfill
operations, a clean process that converts
waste into electricity. Each year, these efforts
prevent 6,600 tons of trash from entering
landfills. Their zero-landfill operations also
reduce their need for coal mining and combustion (traditionally used to generate electricity) and eliminate the equivalent of
4,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution each year.
; This past August, Nice-Pak began
installing more than 3,000 solar panels to
power its Orangeburg, New York, facilities.
; Most Nice-Pak satellite offices and
distribution and manufacturing centers
have converted to LED lighting, further
diminishing their power needs.
Costco and Nice-Pak continually search
for earth-friendly efficiencies. No matter
what needs cleaning, members can rest
assured knowing that Kirkland Signature
wipes can tackle their needs with minimal
environmental impact. C
Tencel can be blended with other
fibers to create fabrics of different
textures and strengths, while the
imprinted design, or embossing,
imparts additional cleaning benefits.
A member favorite is the embossed
scrubbing texture on the orange-scented household wipes. Kirkland
Signature wipes are extra thick,
which allows them to be strong and
absorbent, yet soft enough for use
in the facial and baby wipes.
The household wipes are
contained in an Eco-Pak, which
uses 83 percent less plastic
than leading brands’ canisters.
The compact packaging
number of truckloads required to
Kirkland Signature baby, facial
and household wipes are made
with Tencel®, a fiber derived from
eucalyptus pulp. The pulp is created
using a waste-reducing process
that recycles water. The trees
grown for Tencel are harvested
from forests certified by the
Forest Stewardship Council,
which preserves forests to protect
plant life and wildlife. While
eucalyptus is a fast-growing crop,
the pulp manufacturer raises
seedlings for land owners
in order to sustain
with a conscience
wet wipes get eco-friendly
The Costco Connection
Kirkland Signature baby, facial and household
wipes are available in all Costco locations.
The flip-top lids can be removed and
placed in the recycling bin, along
with the boxes packaging
all Kirkland Signature
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