Happy Toyota

Toyota has just released its annual sustainability report – a tome that delves into everything from the company's air-conditioning habits and the environmental impact of its individual models to the health of its employees. Needless to say, there are plenty of revelations stacked into the report, but one of the most surprising is that Toyota employees are now less likely to smoke and be obese than they were four years ago. According to Automotive News, only 36 percent of the company's workers are likely to smoke occasionally compared to 42 percent in 2006. Likewise, the number of overweight employees fell from 28.5 percent to 24.7 percent this year.

In addition, the company revealed that its using recycled snow to cool its Hakkaido facility during the summer, helping to drop the factory's ambient temperature by 14 degrees. Apparently the workers aren't sweating out that weight...

Toyota also revealed that while the Prius produces fewer emissions once it's on the road, the manufacturing process for the hybrid yields greater than average nonmethane hydrocarbons and particulate matter compared to the rest of the company's fleet. Head over to AN for a full recap of the report.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req'd | Image: David McNew/Getty]