Injection molder Cascade Engineering Inc. is continuing its annual report on its "triple bottom line," noting its efforts in promoting environmental and social progress as well as economics. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm recently released details for 2010, which are available as a pdf file here. Cascade notes its continued reduction in waste going to landfills, its use of post-consumer recycled content and investments in solar as well as wind power. The company's welfare-to-work program averaged a 97.13 percent retention rate, while Cascade's pink trash carts -- which support breast cancer awareness programs -- are now available in 35 states. The report also notes new efforts for 2010. Cascade -- aided by donations from Dow Chemical Co. and other groups -- worked with the U.S. Navy to send 1,000 large scale water filters to Haiti following the earthquake there. "The U.S. Navy's Project Handclasp provided the logistics to get the filters transported to Haiti and through customs. Another willing partner, Pure Water For The World, was waiting on the ground in Haiti to begin installations while our local neighbor, Amway, provided chlorinators and de-chlorinators to make the filters work immediately," the report notes. "Since the original filters were installed, we have continued to receive emails, pictures and stories about how the filters have impacted lives. In one orphanage, many children used to be seriously ill from the water, but thanks to the filter they are no longer at risk due to unsafe drinking water. Our filter was even profiled on a CNN broadcast. The Navy has also shared with us that it is the, 'No. 1 requested item on all of the ships,' because of its effectiveness and the positive impact it has on people's lives." CK Technologies also joined an outreach program working with the Toledo Correctional Institution inmates while Cascade also participated in two different youth job mentoring programs.
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