The state of Oklahoma just got a bit more sustainable! A recent certification was granted to Milo's Tea Company, which now boasts of Platinum T.R.U.E. Zero Waste Certification at its Tulsa, OK, facility.
"Our goal is to create a Zero Waste culture company-wide and across all sites, with a 99 percent diversion rate by 2023 and beyond," commented Carl Evans, the company's Vice President of Operations, as he laid out a map for how Milo's Tea Company plans to accomplish its goals.
Opened in 2020, the facility is Milo's second to achieve Platinum Zero Waste certification. According to a press release, the Oklahoma facility received special recognition in the areas of "Zero Waste Purchasing" with the development of production lines made exclusively of refurbished and repurposed equipment; "Closing the Loop" for partnering with topsoil supplier GEM Dirt to compost used tea leaves; and "Innovation" for implementing new waste reduction activities with over 90 percent effectiveness rates.
Milo's reportedly plans to enhance composting initiatives by including food scraps, as well as seek out new ways to divert waste from landfills. To date, the company has diverted 70 million pounds of waste from landfills by composting 180 tons of tea leaf waste weekly, recycling 99 percent of waste during manufacturing and producing, and packing product in 69 percent post-consumer recycled materials and 99 percent recyclable materials.
Congratulations to Milo's Tea Company on this exciting milestone!