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Schmidt Baking Company | 601 South Caroline Street Baltimore, MD 21231

Sustainability

Sustainability

Schmidt Baking is committed to be a leader in the industry for sustainability, aligned with a strategic approach to ethics, environment, and economics.  We take seriously our responsibility to protect our environment. This commitment to social responsibility is part of our long-term vision of sustainability through good stewardship of the environment today.

Our use of resources is guided by four major principles:

Principle #1: Proactively manage solid waste by reducing, reusing, and recycling to conserve our natural resources. 

Principle #2: Encourage environmental values and practices by our employees, vendors, and suppliers both at home and in the workplace.

Principle #3: Ensure accountability to laws, rules, regulations, internal policies and procedures through annual self audit reports reviewed by the corporate office and ownership.

Principle #4: Proactive involvement with local, state, and federal environmental authorities as well as industry specific associations to assure our compliance as well as helping develop standards for environmental compliance within our industry.

We believe these efforts will continue to increase efficiency, enhance value, and protect the environment by working together with our employees, business partners, suppliers, and customers.

Accountability

We have annual environmental audits in each operation performed by our corporate engineering department. We use this information to ensure we are in compliance in all areas of environmental concern. Our goal is to be an industry leader in the area of sustainability, minimizing our footprint on the environment.  

Our Impact

We save a monthly average of 100 tons of paper.

This translates to:

1 acre of forest land 

Water supply for an average home for 7 years

10,860 barrels of oil

Energy to supply 40 homes for 1 year

Approximate space of 15 dump trucks

or an Annual Equivalent of:

1,700 Trees Saved

700,000 Gallons of Water Saved

38,000 Gallons of Oil Saved

400,400 Kilowatts of Energy Saved

300 Cubic Yards of Landfill Saved

 

Overall, we have reduced our water consumption by 40% from 2011-2014, and in 2014 alone recycled 254,920 pounds of cardboard, white paper, plastics, and metal.

 

Recycling Facts

  • The Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Washington, D.C. calculates that recycling creates 36 jobs per 10,000 tons of material recycled compared to 6 jobs for every 10,000 tons sent to disposal / landfill facilities.
  • One 60 watt bulb uses 480 watts of energy in an 8 hour day.
  • The average residence uses 107,000 gallons of water per year.
  • 2 barrels of oil will create enough fuel to run the average car for 1260 miles – or the distance between Baltimore, MD and Key West, FL. We saved enough oil to make 2715 round trips to Key West.
  • It takes 75,000 trees to print the Sunday Edition of the New York Times.
  • Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin timber.
  • 1/3 of the waste stream that ends up in a landfill each year is paper.
  • Every year Americans dispose of enough office and writing paper to build a wall, 12 feet high from New York to Los Angeles.
  • Paper can not be recycled indefinitely, but it can be recycled five times before the fibers weaken to the point of being non-usable.

 

Supported Associations

CHARITIES WE SUPPORT
Sarah’s Hope
Beans and Bread
St. Vincent du Paul
Empty Bowls
Ronald McDonald House
Alzheimer’s Association
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Helping Up Missions
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