The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources acknowledged PI as a member of their Green Tier Program where qualified businesses make binding commitments to superior environmental performance. Smart recycling and energy strategies also set a strong example for other businesses to follow by bringing business and environmental goals together. Located next to Black Earth Creek, a Class I trout stream, PI's Cross Plains facility has implemented rain gardens, a rock weeper dam, runoff filters and grassed swales to remove pollutants from stormwater. Also implemented was a stringent pellet loss program to prevent spills of the small plastic pellets that serve as raw material, and 99% of scrap plastic is either reused or sold.
Due to the heat generated by compressors and vacuum pumps in the thermoforming process, Plastic Ingenuity has engineered a system to capture the heat from this process and utilize it to heat the warehouse during the winter months, thus reducing natural gas usage and capturing a potentially wasted heat source.
PI Installed 50 200-watt photovoltaic solar panels on the Cross Plains, WI roof top, which produce about 13,262 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Producing that amount of energy from non-renewable sources would dump 29,176 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
The company has nine locations.
- Cross Plains, WI- Corporate Headquarters and Manufacturing Plant
- Mazomanie, WI- Manufacturing Plant
- Oxford, NC- Manufacturing Plant
- Little Rock, AR- Manufacturing Plant
- Monterey, Mexico- Manufacturing Plant
- Keller, TX- Sales Office and Warehouse
- Seattle, WA- Sales Office
- New York, NY- Sales Office
- San Diego, CA- Warehouse
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