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JohnsonDiversey reports reduced environmental impact through packaging innovations

May 29, 2007

Racine, Wis. [May 29, 2007]– JohnsonDiversey Inc., a leading provider of professional cleaning and hygiene products and systems, has substantially reduced the environmental impact of its products through cost-effective, energy-saving initiatives. The company's environmental performance is detailed in the company's new Global Responsibility Report for 2006, which is available at www.johnsondiversey.com.

"Environmental stewardship is deeply embedded in our culture and how we serve our customers," said JohnsonDiversey Chairman S. Curtis Johnson. "Protecting the environment is the right thing to do, and it makes sound business sense."

In this year's report, JohnsonDiversey details how it has reduced the use of virgin plastic in packaging by 2,800 tons in the past five years, saving 188 million Megajoules per year of energy in the production of plastic. That amount of energy is equivalent to the annual electrical usage of 5,000 homes in the U.S.

This plastic reduction also translates into reducing CO2 equivalents by 2,600 tons, which is similar to removing 514 cars from the road or using 270,000 fewer gallons of gasoline.

The company reduced virgin plastic use by reengineering its packaging and by increasing post-consumer recycled content.

In addition to reducing the amount of virgin plastic in its packaging, JohnsonDiversey product safety scientists also developed a unique web-based calculator for evaluating the reduced environmental footprint and cost-saving benefits of its products, packaging and dispensing innovations.

The company used the calculator to demonstrate the cost savings and environmental benefits of using Envirobox, a bag-in-box (BIB) packaging, rather than five-gallon plastic pails. JohnsonDiversey calculated that Envirobox packaging saves 2.3 million cubic feet of plastic from U.S. landfills on an annual basis.

"Our customers want accountability in environmental claims," said JohnsonDiversey President and CEO Ed Lonergan. "They take their responsibility to the environment seriously and want to know how we can help them measure and reduce their environmental impact and build more sustainable businesses."

JohnsonDiversey defines sustainability as the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit, Mr. Lonergan said, noting that sustainability is built into all business planning and product development.

"We're placing great emphasis on our role in helping our customers make the world safer and healthier for people and the planet while also delivering real business value," Mr. Lonergan said.

Additional Achievements Highlighted in the Global Responsibility Report
  • JohnsonDiversey began construction of a large distribution center near its global headquarters in Sturtevant, Wis. The facility will be a high-performance green building designed and constructed to earn LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. At 550,000 square feet, the facility may become the largest LEED-certified warehouse in the U.S.
  • The company reduced workplace safety incidents in 2006 by 32 percent over the previous year.
  • The company earned GREENGUARD certification in 2006 for its Healthy High Performance Cleaning Program. The GREENGUARD Institute, an independent organization, certifies programs and products that improve indoor air quality. JohnsonDiversey is the first and only company in the cleaning industry to earn this certification.
  • JohnsonDiversey's TASKI Swingo XP automatic scrubber-drier for floors won an innovation award from the United Kingdom's Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers Association. The Swingo XP reduces water use by up to 50 percent and electrical use by up to 60 percent versus conventional machines.