Protecting Our Environment at ScottsMiracle-Gro
Connecting with nature is our business, caring for it is in our values.
Any time you use a ScottsMiracle-Gro product, you’re connecting with the earth. We take that seriously, and understand the responsibility to protect our environment begins with us. Nature is our business, and we’re always working to make sure our products leave as little impact on it as possible.
Improving Our Waterways
To improve water quality across the U.S., we've made changes to Scotts product formulas, improved application devices, and formed alliances with environmental partners. Here are a few other things we do to help protect our waterways.
- In 2013, we became the first company to remove phosphorus from our lawn maintenance products, in an effort to help decrease harmful algae blooms in waterways.
- We work with local legislators and key environmental groups to launch locally relevant products like Scotts® Turf Builder® Long Island Lawn Food.
- We all play a role in protecting water on Long Island.
- In Florida, our fertilizers contain 65 percent slow-release nitrogen (most counties require 50 percent). When nitrogen is gradually released, lawns stay consistently strong and can serve as a barrier to runoff during heavy rains.
- Our patented Edgeguard® technology helps fertilizer stay on the lawn instead of entering waterways through runoff.
- We’re here to help you care for your lawn sustainably. Our how-to guides on our website and app offer tips on watering your lawn responsibly, and other useful information for protecting your lawn and our environment.
Fostering Environmental Innovation
As a company, ScottsMiracle-Gro is committed to fostering innovation and improving our global environment across all of our brands. From production to packaging to the disposal of our products, we continue to refine our methods and are committed to reaching 145 million Americans through environmental partnerships by 2025.
- We are the nation's largest recycler of green waste. Each year, we redirect 5 billion pounds out of landfills and into high-value compost.
- With our environmental partners, we’ve helped tackle nutrient pollution by protecting or restoring more than 4 million square feet of U.S. wetland and shoreline habitat.
- The majority of our fiber-based packaging is responsibly sourced by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or Forest Stewardship Council.
- In 2020, we diverted more than 23,000 tons of waste from landfills. We continue to find opportunities to reduce it further, using our centralized waste management system. We’re also piloting a project using new recycling methods to tackle plastic bag waste.
- The amount of plastic material used in our packaging will be reduced by 3 percent and we’ll triple the amount of recycled content in our packaging by 2025.
- We’re converting 20 percent of our sales fleet to hybrid vehicles by 2025.