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Baxter Facilities Celebrate Earth Day

Published 04-21-08

Submitted by Baxter International Inc.

DEERFIELD, IL - April 21, 2008 "“ On Tuesday, April 22, Baxter International Inc. will join businesses and communities across the United States in celebration of Earth Day. Several Baxter facilities nationwide will sponsor events that promote earth-friendly activities and sustainable living while encouraging employees to learn more about the many ways to help support Baxter’s commitment to creating a more sustainable world.

Examples of these events and activities include:

  • Aveda Earth Month Participation: In recognition of Earth Month, sample bags modeled after Baxter's line of non-PVC, non-DEHP medical intravenous (IV) solution containers will be featured in window displays for the natural beauty products company, Aveda. Their theme, "Every Drop Matters," aims to raise awareness and help protect clean water and air resources around the world. The bags will be featured at the 128 Aveda Experience Centers nationwide through May 3.

  • Unused/Unwanted Medication Collection: In conjunction with the Earth Day Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a local environmental service group will collect unused and unwanted non-controlled medications from Baxter employees at company facilities in Illinois. Proper destruction of these medications may help protect water quality.

  • Shopping Bag Giveaway: Several facilities will distribute free reusable grocery bags made from recycled materials to promote waste reduction.

  • Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Collection: Collection of old, used or worn-out rubber soled athletic shoes will continue at Baxter facilities in Illinois and Irvine, Calif. through April 22. Donated shoes will be recycled by Nike, Inc. and rubber soles will be ground to create building material for area playgrounds, sport courts and playing fields.

  • Earth Friendly Commuting: Baxter's facility in Bloomington, Ind. will launch a carpool database to promote earth friendly commuting. The site will allow the nearly 1,000 employees at the facility to develop carpool groups with coworkers who share similar schedules and commutes.

  • Local Beach Cleanup: Baxter employees in Irvine, Calif. will join the Surfrider Foundation and the Ocean Institute in a local beach cleanup project in Dana Point.

    About Baxter

    Baxter's commitment to sustainability spans three decades. The company is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and has been recognized by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, by Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine as one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens in the United States and by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Baxter is a member of the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, the Business Environmental Leadership Council of the Pew Center on Global Climate Exchange, the Chicago Climate Exchange, the U.S. EPA's Climate Leaders, the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association and Hospitals for a Healthy Environment. Baxter endorses the Ceres principles and is an organizational stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative. To learn more about Baxter's sustainability initiatives, please visit www.baxter.com/sustainability.

    Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), through its subsidiaries, assists healthcare professionals and their patients with the treatment of complex medical conditions, including hemophilia, immune disorders, cancer, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma and other conditions. The company applies its expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives.

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    At Baxter, sustainability means creating lasting social, environmental and economic value by addressing the needs of the company’s wide-ranging stakeholder base. The company's sustainability efforts support Baxter's mission to apply innovative science in the development of products and therapies that save and sustain patients' lives.

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