Bridgestone Releases Earth Day 2013 Consumer Recycling and Sustainability Survey Findings

  Bridgestone Releases Earth Day 2013 Consumer Recycling and Sustainability
                               Survey Findings

In honor of Earth Month, Bridgestone presents survey and infographic results
to reveal consumer attitudes toward sustainable behaviors in 20 US markets

PR Newswire

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 22, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Bridgestone Americas and
Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) today released the findings of the
companies' Earth Day 2013 Consumer Recycling and Sustainability Survey,
revealing U.S. consumer attitudes toward recycling and sustainable behaviors
in 20 cities. The findings and infographic were released as part of a
four-week schedule of announcements from Bridgestone Americas in celebration
of Earth Month.


The survey found that the majority of consumers are holding companies and
corporations accountable for the environmental sustainability of their
products and processes. Individuals are cognizant of "being green" as they
shop, as 92 percent indicated a manufacturer's operational sustainability or a
product's sustainable attributes have some impact on their purchasing
decisions. According to surveyed consumers, the top three ways companies can
show they are environmentally responsible are:

  oCreating a product design that minimizes energy and water usage
  oMinimizing generated waste
  oMinimizing carbon emissions tied to waste

"At Bridgestone, we are always looking for opportunities to reduce our
environmental footprint in any number of ways, from reducing the waste we
generate through our manufacturing processes, to ensuring that for every tire
we sell at one of our more than 2,200 company-owned retail stores, one is sent
to another valuable use," said John Sheerin, environmental director, BSRO.
"This survey shows that more and more, consumers expect these types of
behaviors from companies, and that we as corporate citizens share
responsibility for the life cycle of our products from manufacturing to

According to the survey results, Seattle, Wash., and Minneapolis, Minn., were
home to the most recyclers, with 97 percent recycling either curbside or at a
recycling center. Riverside, Calif., residents were the most serious recyclers
with 63 percent committed to recycling everything they can, even if they have
to take it to a recycling center themselves.

On the whole, recycling is on the rise, as 52 percent of consumers recycle
more now than they did two years ago. Overall findings about U.S. consumer
recycling habits indicate that 86 percent of those surveyed recycle, with more
than one-third of respondents identifying themselves as serious recyclers (36
percent), recycling everything they possibly can even if it means going to a
recycling center. Half say they recycle as long as curbside service is
provided. Three quarters of respondents have a curbside service provided by
their city or county.

In addition to recycling habits, the survey measured consumers' opinions about
ease of recycling a number of items, including motor oil, consumer
electronics, tires, mattresses and household/office waste. Sixty percent of
consumers surveyed found it difficult to recycle mattresses, which were seen
as the most challenging item. Large appliances followed, with 51 percent
scoring refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves and microwaves as "difficult"
or "very difficult" to recycle. Thirty-seven percent regarded tires as
difficult to recycle.

To find out more about Bridgestone's sustainability initiatives, including our
Spent Tire Program, visit:

To view the other announcements from Bridgestone in honor of Earth Day, visit:

For more information and additional local survey data, contact: 877-201-2373

Survey methodology: 4,044 consumers were surveyed online across 20 U.S.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S.
subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber
company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide
range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs
of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial
vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural,
forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading
operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing
materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies
also operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service
centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated
to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it
calls home.

About Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC:
Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) is headquartered in Bloomingdale,
Ill., and operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service
providers in the world — more than 2,200 tire and vehicle service centers
across the United States — including Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires
Plus™, ExpertTire™ and Wheel Works store locations. Credit First National
Association and Firestone Complete Fleet Care™ operations are also part of
BSRO. BSRO is a member of the Bridgestone Americas family of companies.

SOURCE Bridgestone Americas

Contact: Media Center, 877-201-2373
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