Unilever aims to eliminate fossil fuels in cleaning products by 2030

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Unilever is set to transform the sustainability of global cleaning and laundry brands, including its portfolio in the Philippines.

The multinational consumer goods company announced it will replace 100 percent of the carbon derived from fossil fuels in its cleaning and laundry product formulations with renewable or recycled carbon by 2030.

This ambitious initiative is a core component of Unilever's €1 billion (P56.8 billion) 'Clean Future' investment, a ground-breaking innovation program designed by the company's Home Care division to fundamentally change the creation, manufacturing, and packaging of some of the world's best-known cleaning and laundry products.

"Clean Future is our vision to radically overhaul our business. As an industry, we must break our dependence on fossil fuels, including as a raw material for our products," said Peter ter Kulve, Unilever's President of Home Care.

Through the Clean Future program, Unilever will finance biotechnology research, carbon dioxide and waste utilization, and low carbon chemistry which are crucial in the transition away from fossil fuel derived chemicals.

The Clean Future investment will also be used to create biodegradable and water-efficient product formulations, to halve the use of virgin plastic by 2025, and support the development of brand communications.

The Clean Future initiative is a critical step towards Unilever's pledge of net zero emissions from its products by 2039, which the company announced in June 2020.

Central to Clean Future is Unilever's 'Carbon Rainbow', a novel approach to diversify the carbon used in its product formulations. Non-renewable fossil sources of carbon (identified in the Carbon Rainbow as black carbon) will be replaced using captured CO2 (purple carbon), plants and biological sources (green carbon), marine sources such as algae (blue carbon), and carbon recovered from waste materials (grey carbon).

Making Sustainable Living Accessible to Filipinos

As the 2030 Clean Future ambition takes shape, Unilever Philippines has joined the call of other companies for a global recovery plan that is grounded in bold climate action amid the unprecedented demand for cleaning products due to the pandemic.

"We listen to our consumers and continue to invest in strong partnerships and superior science; and our goal has always been to deliver products that are effective, affordable, and good for the planet," shared Unilever Philippines Chairman and CEO Benjie Yap.

Some of Unilever's products in the Philippines are now involved in making a sustainable living commonplace to Filipinos.

Surf operates a flagship sachet collection program across the country with Misis Walastik, while Domex backs a partnership with the Department of Education for safe toilets in schools with #TogetherWeAreUnstoppable. Breeze, Domex, Comfort, Sunlight, and Surf have also started to roll out new bottle packaging made of 100 percent recycled material.

"Our push for a Clean Future also drives the need for superior science in delivering effective and sustainable products. We do this to deliver products that give superior consumer experience and at the same time drives climate action as a consumer choice," said Marlo Mangilin, R&D PH Site Leader.

If you have an idea for an innovation, solution or opportunity to partner with Unilever to accelerate its Clean Future program, get in touch through the company's Sustainability Partnerships and Open Innovation Submission Portal.

More information about Unilever's Carbon Rainbow approach, Clean Future, and the projects that it is funding is available on the company's Clean Future website.