Sustainability in Consumer Products

3M thinks, works, and acts in ways to help the world be more sustainable, and the Consumer Business team is no different. We are committed to using 3M science to improve lives by building sustainability into our manufacturing operations, products, and packaging. We are proud that our Cynthiana, Kentucky plant, maker of Post-it® Notes and Scotch® Packaging Tapes, has maintained zero waste to landfill status since Q4 2016, and that our Hutchinson, Minnesota plant, which makes Scotch® Magic™ Tape, Scotch® Painter’s Tape, and Filtrete™ Air Filters achieved zero landfill status in 2020. In addition to waste reduction efforts, several of our facilities have made notable reductions in water or energy use.

More importantly, our commitment to Sustainability does not end with our manufacturing operations. The 3M Consumer Business team is also working to make our packaging more sustainable. This entails everything from reducing the amount of packaging, using packaging materials that can easily be recycled, and using packaging materials made from recycled content.

We are also building Sustainability Value Commitments into the products we sell to consumers, demonstrating how that product drives impact for the greater good. Examples of Sustainability Value Commitments for new products include reusability, recyclability, energy/waste/water savings, responsible sourcing, and/or recycled or renewable raw materials. This commitment also includes products with a core purpose of helping to solve an environmental or social challenge, such as improving air quality or improving worker safety.

Sustainability. One more way 3M stands apart.


  • 3M Consumer Business Sustainability Video

    3M has delivered significant reductions in waste, water, energy, and GHG emissions in our own operations, and we are partnering with our suppliers to ensure our values transcend into our supply chain. In the Consumer Business, 3M is working to make our products, manufacturing operations, and packaging more sustainable. Learn more about 3M Consumer Business Sustainability efforts by watching these short videos.


Sustainability Stories: Office Products

  • Extreme grip on recycled boxes.

    Scotch® Box Lock™ Packaging Tape is made to stick securely to ALL box types, including 100% recycled cardboard boxes, and it is manufactured with a solvent-free adhesive in a zero-waste-to-landfill facility.

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  • Add some color to your world.

    Post-it® Brand is committed to developing fresh, bright color palettes that reflect today’s tastes, while also keeping an eye on sustainability.

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  • Refresh and renew.

    Post-it® Flex Write Surface gives you the power to instantly transform work surfaces into a whiteboard. Even better, you can use both permanent & dry erase markers and clean with just water. No harsh chemicals needed!

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  • Outside the box thinking.

    After doing research with consumers about the rigors of shipping, 3M has come up with a simpler solution to ship packages that saves up to 50% on time, supplies, and space compared to cardboard boxes.

Sustainability Stories: Office Products


Sustainability Stories: Home Improvement Products

  • Filtrete™ Brand gets smarter about efficiency.

    Filtrete™ Smart Air Purifiers can automatically adjust the fan speed based on air quality, so your device only runs at higher fan speeds when needed, saving energy.

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  • Farewell solvents. Hello reduced emissions.

    To improve adhesion to modern paint chemistries, 3M reformulated Scotch-Mount™ Indoor Double-Sided Mounting Tape, which reduced solvent emissions during the manufacturing process.

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  • Preparing is preventing.

    Solvent free coatings used in ScotchBlue™ Original Painter’s Tape #2090 help reduce factory emissions.

  • Furnace filtration with less waste.

    Filtrete™ Basic and Clean Living Air Filters are going metal free, which translates to less pounds of waste to the landfill.

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Sustainability Stories: Home Improvement Products


Sustainability Stories: Home Care Products

  • Leaner meaner greener cleaner.

    Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean Non-Scratch Scrubbers have an eco-friendly way to get your dishes clean without sacrificing durability or efficacy.

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  • Clean and disinfect in one step!

    Promote a healthier home environment with Scotch-Brite™ One Step Disinfectant & Cleaner.

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  • Scotch-Brite® Sponges go “green.”

    Going from zero to 100% recycled scrubbing fibers didn’t happen overnight for Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges.

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  • Reinventing warmth with recycled plastic.

    3M scientists develop innovative ways to make the 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation warmer, more versatile and more sustainable than existing 3M™ Thinsulate™ products.

Sustainability Stories: Home Care Products


Sustainability Stories: Consumer Health Care Products

Sustainability Stories: Consumer Health Care Products


Packaging & Manufacturing Sustainability Stories

  • Recycle me.

    The 3M Consumer Business Group is working to make its packaging recyclable. The first step is eliminating polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from our packages.**

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  • Tonawanda water conservation.

    3M Tonawanda, the world’s largest sponge-making location, reduced their water usage by 25% with an innovative change to their manufacturing process.

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  • 3M Hutchinson achieves zero landfill

    The 3M Hutchinson, Minnesota plant achieved zero landfill status in 2020 after working to find outlets for numerous waste streams.

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  • Less is more.

    3M packaging reduction project helps eliminate excess weight and shipping materials on 24 Command™ Brand Damage-Free Hanging products.

Packaging & Manufacturing Sustainability Stories


Social Sustainability Stories

Social Sustainability Stories


  • How2Recycle® logo
    • 3M became a member of the How2Recycle program in June, 2018. This program was designed by GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition to provide consumers with clear instructions for recycling packaging materials.
    • Today, over 225 brands and retailers have joined the effort to educate consumers on packaging recyclability by providing clear on-package instructions. This membership supports 3M’s efforts to improve the Sustainability of our products and packaging.
    • Within the 3M Consumer Business, we continue to expand the use of How2Recycle labels onto more packages every year.