Pampers and Gillette owner achieves zero waste at 45 sites

The global firm behind household brands like shaving firm Gillette and nappy maker Pampers has achieved zero waste at 45 of its sites around the world. Procter & Gamble announced […]

By Vicky Ellis

The global firm behind household brands like shaving firm Gillette and nappy maker Pampers has achieved zero waste at 45 of its sites around the world.

Procter & Gamble announced yesterday that it no longer sends manufacturing waste to landfill at these sites, instead either recycling, reusing or converting the waste into energy.

In the UK, waste created to make Gillette shaving foam is composted then turned into turf for commercial use, while in Mexico waste from the Charmin bathroom tissue plant is now turned into “low-cost roof tiles” used to build homes in the local community.

Across the pond, leftover scraps from making nappies and wipes at the US Pampers site are converted into upholstery filling.

The brand house’s boss said the firm wants to achieve zero manufacturing waste to landfill at all of its sites around the world.

Bob McDonald, P&G President, CEO and Chairman of the Board said: “We have a vision for the future, where plants are powered by renewable energy, products are made from recycled and renewable materials and resources are conserved, with no manufacturing or consumer waste going to landfill. Changing the way we see waste as a company has brought us one step closer to this goal at 45 sites worldwide, where all of our waste is recycled, repurposed or converted into energy.”

P&G also said it has cut its absolute waste by 68% over the past five years as well as reducing its emissions and energy and water use.