P&G makes bold, sustainable changes in manufacturing and packaging processes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - Leading consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines underscores its commitment to a sustainable future, starting with its Cabuyao plant which sends zero manufacturing waste to landfills and uses 100% renewable electricity.

This initiative intends to make responsible consumption possible across impact areas of waste, climate, and water. It also ultimately contributes towards the company's sustainability goals dubbed Ambitions 2030, where P&G aims to continue delighting consumers while enabling positive impact for the environment by focusing on their brands, supply chain, employees, and partnerships.

The P&G Cabuyao plant has been certified as zero manufacturing waste to landfill since 2016. It recycles over 300 metric tons of plastic waste every year, an amount almost equivalent to the length of the Philippine coastline. All their manufacturing plastic waste is recovered and processed for upcycling. Meanwhile, biodegradable waste is composted and used as fertilizers.

Beyond making their plant zero manufacturing waste to landfill, P&G contributes to reducing post-consumer waste and enabling responsible consumer habits by providing consumers with more sustainable packaging alternatives and product innovations from its well-loved brands.

"Our goal is to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2030 globally. We do this through our packaging design choices, brand innovations, and partnerships for society," said Raffy Fajardo, P&G Philippines President and General Manager.

On top of this, the company is committed to cut the use of virgin plastic in their packaging by 50% globally and creating circularity and smart packaging solutions so none of its packaging find their way into nature.

One of its latest packaging changes is with their Safeguard multi-packs, which are now using 100% recycled paper carton material from the previous virgin plastic overwrap packaging. The change saves 8,500 kilometers worth of plastic waste every year, equivalent to one thousand times the length of the world-famous Boracay shoreline. P&G's new Herbal Essences bio: renew collection also now uses post-consumer recycled materials for its bottle packaging.

Further, the company has helped recover 3.2 million pieces of sachets and upcycled them into over 1,000 public school chairs in partnership with World Vision Philippines.

In the area of climate impact, part of P&G's Ambitions 2030 goals is to achieve carbon neutrality for the decade. They will cut Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 50% at P&G sites globally by buying 100% renewable electricity and increasing energy efficiency. The P&G Cabuyao plant is already using renewable electricity coming from sources such as solar and wind. Further, the company is supporting natural climate solutions that help conserve, protect and restore forests with global partners such as Conservation International.

P&G is also on track to achieving its global water goals to increase water efficiency at its sites and source at least 5 Billion Liters from circular sources. The P&G Cabuyao plant tracks overall water consumption and recycles wastewater inside the plant. It also enables its consumers to use water more efficiently with its brand innovations such as those from laundry brands Tide and Ariel.

To achieve all these goals, P&G has built a culture of sustainability among all its employees, from new hires to senior management and leadership teams. All are empowered to integrate sustainable solutions in their work every day. "Sustainability is built into our business strategy and not seen as separate work. It is not a question of a good product or the environment, it is the producing the best products and protecting the environment," said Peter Orji, P&G Philippines Cabuyao Plant Manager.

The P&G Cabuyao plant produces essential health and hygiene products spanning laundry, home care, personal care and cleansing, baby and feminine care, among others. Recently, it has also re-purposed its operations to produce medical-grade face masks which P&G has donated to healthcare front liners and COVID hotspots and vulnerable families through the Department of Health, Philippine Red Cross, and other non-profit organizations. The plant is one of the most complex and advanced P&G sites in Asia and holds the highest quality standards to ensure superior quality and safety for consumers.

To know more about P&G's sustainability goals, visit https://ph.pg.com/environmental-sustainability/.