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Purina Committed to Healthy Future for People and Pets
Purina's Flagstaff, Arizona, factory is one of several company locations sourcing a portion of its energy through on-site generated solar power. (PRNewsfoto/Nestle Purina PetCare)
ST. PETERS, MO, (PRNewswire), April 22, 2018 - Earth Day challenges individuals and organizations in the U.S. and around the world to think about what they can do to protect and improve the planet. Nestlé Purina is investing in innovative ways to reduce its environmental impact, helping to ensure a healthy future for pets and the people who love them - today and in the future.
Over the past decade, Purina has significantly reduced its environmental footprint in the U.S., particularly across manufacturing operations, by working to reduce water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste in support of Nestlé's 2020 sustainability commitments.
"Earth Day offers a time to pause, reflect and celebrate the progress we've made together while looking ahead to see what more we can do to preserve our planet for future generations of people and pets," said Gopi Sandhu, Nestlé Purina's Director of Engineering - Sustainable Operations. "At Purina we're committed to making high quality and safe food for our pets and protecting the environment. The decisions we make today about the ways we address climate change, care for water and minimize waste are critical. Sustainability is a journey, and we're focused on finding new ways to lessen our environmental impact each step of the way."
As of year-end 2017, 75 percent of Purina facilities achieved zero waste to landfill, and the company is on track to be fully zero waste to landfill by 2020. Since 2007, the company has also improved its water use efficiency by nearly 25 percent and greenhouse gas emissions emitted per ton of production by 6.8 percent.
Additionally, Purina is increasing use of renewable electricity across the business. Today, 32 percent of electricity used at Purina comes from renewable sources, and in 2017, the company purchased enough green power to offset four of its factories. The company's ambition is to procure 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources in support of its greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Recently Purina joined with other Nestlé companies to enter a partnership agreement with EDP Renewables to leverage wind power, representing a major step forward in this area. The power purchase agreement will provide approximately 80 percent of the electricity load for five Nestlé facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania, including two Purina factories.
In addition to making significant progress toward operational commitments, Purina incorporates environmentally friendly practices in other areas of the product life cycle, such as packaging. Purina has been working toward more sustainable packaging for more than a decade and recently joined with Nestlé in announcing an ambition for 100 percent of the company's packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2025.
Purina also collaborates with and supports farmers and organizations like The Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited through projects that promote water quality, wetland conservation and soil health to help improve the sustainability of agricultural lands where critical ingredients are sourced.
"From our climate to soil, we know that producing our products sustainably is going to be critical to continue to serve future generations, and it all starts with ingredients," said Diane Herndon, Senior Manager of Sustainability at Purina. "At Purina we believe that a healthy environment supports the growth of healthy ingredients for healthy pets, and by supporting conservation projects on agricultural lands where we source our high-quality ingredients, we are helping to keep farms fertile and productive for years to come."
Nvsted Offers New Opportunity for Startups in the St. Louis Region
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 22, 2018 - St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has joined with area business leaders and representatives of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership to announce the launch of Nvsted (pronounced "N-vested"), an innovative, new funding source that provides a way for small investors to help fund area start-ups.
The St. Louis-centric crowdfunding marketplace has received federal Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) approval and is now open to St. Louis-based businesses and investors from around the United States. Nvsted provides a unique platform connecting startups and business owners with like-minded investors.
"Nvsted will propel the growth of entrepreneurs, support the expansion of St. Louis area-based jobs, and strengthen the foundation of regional businesses," said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. "The timing is certainly right for introduction of this innovative tech tool for funding startups. Nvsted will contribute to the economic momentum underway in St. Louis County since 2015, a boom marked by more than $5 billion in corporate expansions and capital improvements, the creation of 5,700 jobs and the retention of over 30,000 more."
Crowdfunding and kick-starter platforms are a familiar concept in the St. Louis area and throughout the nation, as well as among local venture capital firms. Nvsted is the only regulation crowdfunding marketplace specific to the St. Louis region and the first in the nation organized by an economic development agency. It allows people to invest in companies for as little at $100. The online portal www.nvstedwithus.com seeks to connect the region's thriving community of startups to a wider range of capital, including investment opportunities for everyday investors who might be customers or other business and civic supporters. Businesses must be located in the St. Louis region, though investors may be from anywhere in the United States.
A technology platform with a hyper-local focus, Nvsted is an online marketplace for companies to reach investors for their fundraising needs. Designed to build and grow St. Louis companies, Nvsted is a viable complement and alternative to other methods of raising capital.
"The St. Louis business ecosystem continues to be exceptional for startups and business expansion," said Jamey Edgerton, CEO of Nvsted. "Recent approval by FINRA for Nvsted's launch further strengthens the St. Louis region's position as one of the top areas to start and grow a business. Nvsted is innovation that will strengthen St. Louis region's business environment Ð it's innovative, unique and supports our business community."
WellBeing Brewing Company is the first company to participate in this innovative new fundraising platform. The company seeks to raise between $125,000 to $200,000 for start-up of the firm, which is a brewer of non-alcoholic beer. To learn more about Nvsted, or to invest in a St. Louis company, please visit www.nvstedwithus.com.
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