Unilever will spend 1 billion euros over 10 years to reduce the volume of fossil fuels used in the production of household chemicals. The initiative will not only affect the company’s own production, which owns more than 400 brands, including Cif, Domestos, Glorix, Coral, Omo, and Persil.
Part of the sum will go to help supply chain partners implement new technologies that enable them to do without oil.
Unilever said it will replace petrochemicals with ingredients derived from plants and algae. At the moment, the chemicals used in Unilever cleaning and laundry products account for 46% of the company’s carbon footprint. Replacing them with more sustainable ingredients will reduce this figure by up to 20%.
The company’s announcement marks the first phase of its Clean Future initiative, which promises to achieve zero emissions from its products by 2039.
People want more affordable, sustainable products that are as good as the ones they buy now.
Peter Kulwe, Head of Household Chemicals, Unilever
In total, Unilever’s entire supply chain generates 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year, of which partners account for 30%. Unilever is the first corporation in the household chemicals sector to invest such a large amount to reduce its carbon footprint.