COPPELL, Texas, April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eleven hours a day, six days a week, Mannatech, Incorporated, (Nasdaq: MTEX) locally packs and ships its nutritional supplements and skin care products to consumers throughout the United States and Canada. Mannatech uses more than 20 tons of packaging monthly sending products throughout North America, where a majority of the company's 575,000 independent Associates and Members live.
Mannatech began using recycled corrugated boxes in November 2007. Annually, this move will save an estimated 4,000 trees, 980,000 gallons of fresh water, 735,000 kilowatt hours of energy and 610 cubic yards of landfill space -- resources that would have been used to make non-recycled boxing.
"As a company that values Earth's natural resources, Mannatech is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 'going green.' More importantly, our employees are delighted to do what they can to help conserve resources," said company Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Terry O'Day. "We are continually looking for ways to conserve energy and reduce waste, and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with our local community to keep our environment beautiful."
In addition to using recycled boxing, Mannatech also has replaced its non-biodegradable plastic packing cushions with paper packing materials made from post-consumer fiber. The company recycles most of the paper and plastic waste generated by its 70,000-square-foot distribution center. Last year, Mannatech replaced the metal halide lighting in the distribution center with 110 lamp fixtures that burn with new fluorescent technology that uses half the wattage and lasts one-and-a-half times longer.
The company has taken other green initiatives. In addition to replacing all lighting in its corporate headquarters with the same fluorescent technology, Mannatech recycles all burned-out light bulbs and ballasts as well as about 40 tons of paper annually. The company has installed new systems to regulate lighting and heating and air conditioning -- the two largest consumptions of energy in commercial industry. These changes have helped Mannatech curb energy costs by 9 percent, reducing its average daily electricity consumption by nearly 100 kilowatt hours.
Mannatech has also joined the greater community in other conservation and beautification projects, including working with the "Don't Mess With Texas" Adopt a Highway program and the "Keep Coppell Beautiful" Adopt a Location program. Most recently, the company sponsored the Clean Coppell EarthFest event on Saturday, April 5. The city of Dallas, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is holding EarthFest 2008 on Friday, April 18, to educate the public about the environment.
Mannatech, Incorporated, is a global wellness solutions provider of innovative, high-quality, proprietary nutritional supplements, topical and skin care products, and weight management products sold through independent associates and members located in the United States and the international markets of Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Denmark, and Germany.
Please Note: This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by use of phrases or terminology such as "intend" or other similar words or the negative of such terminology. Similarly, descriptions of Mannatech's objectives, strategies, plans, goals or targets contained herein are also considered forward-looking statements. Mannatech believes this release should be read in conjunction with all of its filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and cautions its readers that these forward-looking statements are subject to certain events, risks, uncertainties, and other factors. Some of these factors include, among others, Mannatech's inability to attract and retain associates and members, increases in competition, litigation, regulatory changes, and its planned growth into new international markets. Although Mannatech believes that the expectations, statements, and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cautions readers to always consider all of the risk factors and any other cautionary statements carefully in evaluating each forward-looking statement in this release, as well as those set forth in its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and other filings filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including its current reports on Form 8-K. All of the forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this release.
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