Campbell and Water Sustainability

Campbell, THE tomato company, is a forward thinking company that is tackling sustainability. It is hard to imagine that Campbell was thinking about sustainability since 1930. Campbell was one of the first company to hire a full time environmental professional in 1950. The current wastewater strategy that Campbell is working with has its foundations dating back to the 30’s.

Campbell is focusing on 5 major subjects of sustainability. Water, Electricity, waste, agriculture, and package material. With the baseline of 2007 for these subjects, Campbell is trying to achieve a very rigorous goal for 2020 in each of the 5 categories. Two main focuses that Campbell is trying to achieve is in agriculture and packaging. Packaging is one major part of the company. In 2013, Campbell was able to reduce 20,662,000 pounds of packaging material compare to 2012. Since 2009, a total of 65,000,000 pounds of material were reduced.

Packaging reduction such as switching can soups to paper pouches, to microwavable materials, to plastic containers is not only helping packaging but also on energy through transport, storage space, water use, and waste recycling.

To go into specifics, the Napoleon Plant in Ohio for Campbell is a landmark of sustainability for the company. The changes that are made to the plant. It has the largest privately own of solar panel in the world. 26,000 solar panels. The technology used in the plants are also state of the art. Energy efficient warehouses, biogas plants, waste composting, methane capture for energy, reduced emission of boilers, water reduction projects, you name it and Napoleon probably has the technology.

Given the company is built on soup, water is the most valuable source. Last year, 6.3 Billions of gallons of water was used. 1/3 of the company’s plant has own water supply plants while 2/3 gets water from local municipals via contracts. Water risk opportunities is one part that the company is very interested in. Using various tools such as the Global Water Tool from WBCSD, the company is able to mark the company’s water stress today, 2025, and 2050. It is not just the quality and quantity of water that is coming into the plants that the company is interested in. The company is also interested in the water leaving the plants. 100% of all the facilities at Campbell has water treatment system of various levels before releasing the water back to the source or to the municipal.

Overland flow wastewater treatment that is designed in specific soils can help treat the water without energy. Using the ground and nature, the water is treated slowly but the results are the same; clean drinkable water. In Paris Texas, the overland flow wastewater treatment has a capacity of 8 MGD for Campbell

As mentioned above, any water reduction and water conservation technology that is currently available, Campbell has it in one of their plants.


About t5huang

Masters in Environmental Science at UPenn Candidate
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