Going Green Goes a Long Way | 100% Recycling Power from Mondelez Philippines

We’ve all heard it before. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Long before social media began to display cute images of recycled items, we’ve been taught since elementary that things we thought have served their purpose can find new life. Apart from just being a fun hobby, recycling can also help you earn a little extra. It’s not just individuals who are doing it either, even companies like Mondelez Philippines.

Deliciousness that goes a long way. Take the example of the Samahan ng Kababaihan of San Dionisio in Parañaque. They are a women’s collective formed through the foundation Save the Children. Led by Ate Vilma Cruz, the collective makes and sells jewelry from recycled paper and beads, and bags from old tarpaulins.

If you have leftover tall glass bottles, you can also do what artist and all-around creative person Rosan Reodica of the hashtag #practicingmisis did. Paint them, bedazzle them and use them to store flowers, as decorations, or what have you.

Give things new life by recycling them!

“Oh but I’m not a creative person and I’m not good with my hands,” some would say. Not a problem. Recycling can be second nature to you as switching off lights when not in use. You don’t need to know how to make a lamp out of old plastic spoons (yes it can be done!) You can just save unused plastic spoons from takeout containers and use them the next time you have a party. Saves you money and helps prevent more trash going to dump sites. Don’t forget to segregate used plastic spoons into the “Recyclable” trash bin!

Consciousness that goes a long way. The plain fact is that once our trash leaves our homes, they tend to be forgotten. In fact, according to National Geographic, 55% of wastes in the USA get buried in landfills and only 33% get recycled (www. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com. 2015). Do we really want to leave that much trash for future generations?

If you think you don’t have a stake in this, think again. If you have a child or grandchild, or plan to still be around in the next 35 years, it’s time to do your part. Mondelez Philippines, the Company formerly named Kraft Foods has been at work to reduce the amount of waste it produces in its plant in Sucat, Parañaque since 2008. Through its sustainability program called “Go Green,” the Company has been taking steps to ensure that while it continues to produce favorite brands like Eden Cheese and Cheez Whiz, it does so while reducing its impact on the environment.

Now, Mondelez Philippines is proud to share that 100% of its packaging and waste products used in its Sucat plant are being used for other purposes or recycled. Anyone who’s ever cooked at home or started a small baking business knows that this activity creates waste in terms of packaging of ingredients or even leftover food waste like peelings from fruits and vegetables. The same principle applies to Mondelez Philippines but instead of putting these wastes directly into the trash bin, the Company is able to recycle and reuse 100% of them.

Mondelez Philippines believes in recycling and reducing their use of precious resources like water and energy. In their Sucat, Parañaque Plant a Biomass Boiler is being used which produces steam through the use of coconut and rice husks as “fuel.”

The little things go a long way. For its used packaging materials like carton boxes and glass bottles, these are sent to manufacturers who recycle them to create new boxes and glass bottles. For food waste, these are given as feeds to animals. Other residual waste or foil packs are sent to a partner organization that uses these as co-fuel to power and heat up cement kilns.

“We also help recycle coconut and rice husks with the use of a Biomass Boiler,” adds Mondelez Philippines’ Country Head Ashish Pisharodi. “These formerly unused agricultural wastes are used to heat a Biomass Boiler that in turn provides steam to our manufacturing plant so we can make delicious cheese and bread spreads. It’s our little way of doing good for the environment that also helps us provide better service to Filipino consumers.”

Recycling is an everyday occurrence at Mondelez Philippines with water being recycled to bring life to plants and for bathroom use. More than that, the water is also used for material washing and environmental cleaning and for facilities. In fact, 99% of the water the Company uses is being recycled again, greatly reducing the amount of fresh water being used. If a Company with 450 people in it can do it, so can you in your own home. Take up recycling too!

That money you save from recycling can go a long way to buy a snack or even a meal. Be energized by the power of recycling and giving things new life like what Mondelez Philippines does. So you too can help preserve the life of our one and only home, Earth.

For more information on Mondelez Philippines’ Go Green program, visit http://ph.mondelezinternational.com. You may also contact the Samahan ng Kababaihan of San Dionisio through Vilma Cruz at 0948-203-8467. Their address is at 6183 Petunia St., Tramo, San Dionisio, Parañaque City.