As a company, SELEE ensures its own sustainability through a variety of manufacturing initiatives, on-going employee education and incentive programs, and several community out-reach programs designed to improve the environment where we work and live. We are proud to claim that everyone at SELEE is fully involved in promoting, implementing, and living our corporate commitment to sustainability.
SELEE's Green Team
The Green Team is comprised of employees who are interested in learning more about waste reduction and sustainability. The team meets once a month to discuss ongoing projects, progress toward goals, and new ideas. We also meet once a month to do an onsite stream clean.
The Green Team goes on “field trip” tours of other manufactures that are working toward zero waste, as well as recycling and compost facilities. The tours take place on average once every quarter.
SELEE's First Annual Garden Planting Day
NC Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Visit July 2016
NC Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Donald van der Vaart visited SELEE in June 2016 for a tour and to learn about what SELEE does to protect the environment. His visit was reported in the Hendersonville Times-News.
SELEE Named 2018 “Green Business of the Year”
SELEE was honored to be recognized as Western North Carolina’s 2019 Green Business of the Year by the environmental non-profit, MountainTrue. MountainTrue commended SELEE’s commitment to recycling practices in the manufacturing process and work culture, as well as participation in the Adopt-A-Stream program and service within the community to support sustainability programs.
The Green Team adopted the stream on our property in early 2017 as part of Mountain True’s Adopt-A-Stream program. Adopt-A-Stream is a community based monitoring program where volunteers identify and restore stream health and water quality. SELEE is committed to protecting our water quality and ecosystems.
Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI)
SELEE became a partner with NCDEQ’s ESI program in December 2016.
“DEQ's Environmental Stewardship Initiative is designed to promote and encourage superior environmental performance by North Carolina's regulated community. This program seeks to reduce the impact on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits. Partners must demonstrate a commitment to maintain compliance, and either commit to establishing an environmental management system or set long-term measurable environmental performance goals.”
Goal of Zero Waste to landfill by 2025!
Recycling & Compost
In 2016 SELEE implemented several reuse and recycling programs that keep waste out of the landfill. In 2018 we officially “tipped the scale” and we now recycle/compost more solid waste than we landfill. Since we began this initiative, we have decreased our landfill impact by over 40% and have aggressive goals for continuing to innovate new ideas to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Water Bottle Filling Stations
To help reduce our environmental impact, we have installed water bottle filling stations on the manufacturing floor. In addition, all SELEE employees are given reusable water bottles. Since installation in October 2016, we have saved over 17,000 bottles from the waste stream by using refillable bottles.
We recycle our used gloves through Kimberly Clark’s Right Cycle program. The program was implemented in September 2016 and we have already saved over 3,000 pounds from landfills