P&G's 2014 sustainability report highlights plastic packaging

P&G recently released its 16th annual sustainability report, which detailed projects and goals that are reducing the environmental footprint of the company. The report highlights P&G reaching its waste reduction goal six years early and its pulp certification goal a year early, and growing to 70 as the number of global facilities now delivering zero manufacturing waste to landfill.

[Ed. note: For more on P&G zero waste goal, check out PlasticsToday's P&G talks zero manufacturing waste]. 

"Our teams are driven to make a significant, positive and lasting impact on the communities we serve through our operations, product designs and innovative partnerships, and this year's report showcases the results of that dedication," said Martin Riant, P&G executive sponsor of sustainability and group president of global baby and feminine & family care. "Our work to drive zero manufacturing waste to landfill across our manufacturing facilities has exceeded expectations with nearly 50 percent of our sites achieving this goal since 2010."

Some of the report highlights include the following:

  • Waste, exceeding its waste reduction goal by achieving only 0.4 percent of input materials being disposed of as manufacturing waste to landfill across all its facilities; the goal called for less than 0.5 percent by 2020.
  • CO2, reducing total emissions by 14 percent, and installing two co-generation energy systems that will considerably reduce CO2 emissions, including 120,000 less metric tons per year at its largest global plant in Mehoopany, PA.
  • Packaging, delivering innovations including Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle that includes a 2.5x compaction formula with 45 percent less packaging and 64 percent less water per bottle, along with a unique single-dosing cap that ensures people don't use too much.
  • Product Formulation, committing to another round of compaction in its liquid laundry detergents by 2018 in NA, with 25 percent less water, less CO2 and less plastic.

The report also highlights four new 2020 sustainability goals P&G launched in October:

  • Reduce water usage at manufacturing facilities by 20 percent per unit of production
  • Provide 1 billion people access to water-efficient products
  • Double the use of recycled resin in plastic packaging
  • Ensure 90 percent of product packaging is recyclable or that programs are in place to create the ability to recycle it

"Our teams, in collaboration with some leading external partners, have delivered high-impact innovations and projects, helping us exceed goals in two key areas of the business, and closing in on others. We recognize that there is more to be done and are committed to focusing on areas where we can make the biggest positive impact," Martin said.

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