Monday, April 21, 2008

Baxter International Plans Variety of Eco-Friendly Activities for Earth Day

DEERFIELD, Ill. — On Tuesday, April 22, Baxter International Inc. will join businesses and communities across the United States in celebration of Earth Day. Several Baxter facilities nationwide will sponsor events that promote earth-friendly activities and sustainable living while encouraging employees to learn more about the many ways to help support Baxter’s commitment to creating a more sustainable world. Examples of these events and activities include:

Unused/Unwanted Medication Collection: In conjunction with the Earth Day Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a local environmental service group will collect unused and unwanted non-controlled medications from Baxter employees at company facilities in Illinois. Proper destruction of these medications may help protect water quality.

Shopping Bag Giveaway: Several facilities will distribute free reusable grocery bags made from recycled materials to promote waste reduction.

Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Collection: Collection of old, used or worn-out rubber soled athletic shoes will continue at Baxter facilities in Illinois and Irvine, Calif. through April 22. Donated shoes will be recycled by Nike, Inc. and rubber soles will be ground to create building material for area playgrounds, sport courts and playing fields.

Earth Friendly Commuting: Baxter's facility in Bloomington, Ind. will launch a carpool database to promote earth friendly commuting. The site will allow the nearly 1,000 employees at the facility to develop carpool groups with coworkers who share similar schedules and commutes.

Local Beach Cleanup: Baxter employees in Irvine, Calif. will join the Surfrider Foundation and the Ocean Institute in a local beach cleanup project in Dana Point.

Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, assists health care professionals and their patients with the treatment of complex medical conditions, including hemophilia, immune disorders, cancer, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma and other conditions. The company applies its expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives.

Baxter's mix of events and promotions underscore the importance corporations becoming more eco-friendly. The unused/unwanted medication collection drive is of particular interest, and it's something other businesses might want to do as well.

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