All Natural 20 Mule Team® Borax
The Henkel Corporation is the name behind 20 Mule Team® Borax and some of America’s favorite brands. From Dial® soaps to Purex® laundry detergents, Right Guard® antiperspirants, göt2b® hair styling products, and Loctite® adhesives.
Sustainability at Henkel
At Henkel, sustainability has always been a core value. From our earliest days, we have worked to develop products that meet the needs of our customers—without compromising development opportunities for future generations.
Henkel has 5-year sustainability targets aimed at significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumptions, and waste disposal. We actively look for ways to innovate our products and supply chains and build sustainability partnerships. We work hard to support and educate local communities worldwide.
Sustainability at Rio Tinto Mining Group
Rio Tinto, a leading international mining group, has made a strategic commitment to sustainable development. In addition to being responsible parents and citizens of the planet, Rio Tinto believes that acting responsibly will result in long term business benefits.
Being kind to the environment, and operating responsibly lowers risks, reduce costs, and often creates new opportunities.
It is corporate policy at Rio Tinto that businesses, projects, operations, and products should contribute constructively to the development of sustainability.
20 Mule Team® Borax comes from California’s Mojave Desert
In 2002, Rio Tinto formed a partnership with Victor Valley College to enlist the Horticulture Department’s help to protect rare plants native to Califormia’s deserts including Larrea Tridentate, or Creosote Bush. In 2003 and 2004, 100 plants (propagated in a campus greenhouse) were successfully transplanted. In 2005, the transplant rate grew to 500 plants.
The Mojave Desert is also home to the Desert Tortoise, classified as “vulnerable” by The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ a leading catalogue of threatened species. Borax’s Desert Tortoise Protection program includes annual employee training to promote better understanding of the species. Pets are forbidden on site, and housekeeping practices are enforced to keep ravens and coyotes—the tortoises’ natural predators—off site. Rio Tinto erects barriers to keep tortoises from wandering into work areas, and they train personnel to check for tortoises before engaging in work activities that might harm them. Finally, Rio Tinto deeds prime tortoise habitat to the government as part of a land exchange program. In the last decade, Borax has purchased and transferred more than 10,000 acres of prime tortoise habitat to the federal and state governments at a cost of more than $5 million(US).