The Kraft Group focuses its efforts on practicing the principles of sustainability in all of its businesses on a daily basis because good business and sustainability can go hand-in-hand.
In its paper, packaging and manufacturing operations, the Kraft Group’s sustainability initiatives have become a model of environmental responsibility for the industry. The company constructed the world’s first paper mill capable of producing linerboard from 100 percent post-consumer waste fiber and 100 percent post-consumer waste water. The company also developed the award-winning Closing the Loop program, which collects the company’s customers’ baled old corrugated cases and transforms it into high-performance linerboard made from 100 percent post-consumer fiber and recycled water.
In its sports and entertainment operations, the Kraft Group is focused on minimizing the environmental impact of Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place, as evidenced throughout its conception, construction and day-to-day operation. The design focused on long-term sustainability, energy efficiency and ecosystem management. The stadium’s on-site wastewater reuse system saves millions of gallons of water annually. Patriot Place was built with minimal additional environmental impact to the Gillette Stadium site. Today, 60 percent of Patriot Place’s electricity is provided by a megawatt (MW) solar installation with an annual output of 1.1 million kilowatt hours, or the equivalent of powering an average household for almost 100 years.
Further delivering on the practice of good sustainability, the Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place projects daylighted the Neponset River and created a 32-acre wetland and wooded area behind Bass Pro Shops featuring a half-mile walking trail and the only functioning cranberry bog remaining in Foxborough.