Unilever to stop using oil and gas to make cleaning products by 2030

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The consumer products company said Wednesday that by the end of the decade, household products like Omo, Sunlight, Cif and Domestos will be made only from renewable or recycled carbon.

This means replacing petrochemicals with materials from plants and marine algae, as well as materials recovered from plastic waste and CO2 captured during production processes.

“As an industry, we need to break our dependence on fossil fuels, including as a raw material for our products,” said Peter ter Kulve, president of the conglomerate’s home care division. “We have to stop pumping carbon under the ground when there is enough carbon on and above the ground – if we can learn to use it on a large scale.

To help achieve this goal, Unilever is working with a South Indian company on technology that will allow captured CO2 to be used as a feedstock in the production of soda ash, a key ingredient in laundry detergents currently made with of fossil energy. fuels.

It is also partnering with a biotechnology company in Slovakia to develop a renewable and biodegradable ingredient for use in dishwashing liquid. The ingredient is already used in Sunlight dishwashing liquid sold by Unilever in Chile and Vietnam.

Unilever (UL) says its products are used by 2.5 billion people every day in 190 countries around the world. According to the company, seven out of ten households in the world own at least one product of its 400 brands.

The company pledged earlier this year to achieve net zero emissions from its products by 2039, more than a decade ahead of the deadline set in the Paris Climate Agreement. He also pledged to make his 70,000 products biodegradable over the next 10 years and to use less plastic packaging.

Unilever has been recognized by CDP, which operates a global carbon emissions disclosure system, as a leader in environmental transparency and performance. It is one of the few companies to receive the highest rating from the non-profit organization for climate change, forests and water security.

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