Sustainably Sourced Renewable Materials

Working to reduce environmental impact

P&G is partnering with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to focus on sustainable sourcing of materials for P&G products and packaging, including renewable forest products and palm oil. As we move to using more renewable materials, particularly materials such as pulp and palm oil, we need to ensure that production does not lead to loss of natural ecosystems, with associated loss of biodiversity, or create other environmental or social issue. Over the last few years, we have partnered with WWF to ensure we understand and address the challenges of sustainably sourcing renewable materials, and they have helped us set a number of goals on this topic. As a member of the Consumer Goods Forum, P&G joined other member companies in a pledge to mobilize resources within their respective businesses to help achieve Zero Net Deforestation by 2020.

Our Goals

  • Ensure traceability of palm oil and palm kernel oil to our supplier mills by December 31, 2015 and to plantations by 2020 to ensure zero deforestation in our palm oil supply chain, with a commitment to working with small farmers.
  • Have 100% of the virgin wood fiber used in our tissue/towel and absorbent hygiene products be third-party certified by 2015 and have 40 percent of the virgin wood fiber used in our tissue/towel products be Forest Stewardship Council® certified.
  • Have 100% of our paper packaging contain either recycled or third-party-certified virgin content by 2020.

Our goals also call for us to develop the capability by 2020 to replace to petroleum-derived raw materials with renewable materials as cost and scale permit. Working with external partners, we have developed several innovative solutions in recent years. Our focus now is in solutions that can we can scale to positively impact our global consumers.

Pantene Nature Fusion

The Pantene brand has continued to increase its use of renewable materials by further expanding its Nature Fusion bio-resin bottle—constructed of up to 45% plant-based materials, excluding the cap. Having first launched the bio-resin bottle in Western Europe and the United States in 2011, Pantene recently launched it in Russia, Turkey, and Poland. Pantene expanded its bottle with bio-resin to the Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan in 2012.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide

By partnering with a molded fiber supplier, we developed a breakthrough package for Gillette Fusion ProGlide. This resulted in a 57% reduction in plastic, 20% reduction in gross weight and a 100% removal of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). The design uses material made from bamboo, sugarcane, and bulrush.

Plant PET Technology Collaborative

P&G is a proud member of the Plant PET Technology Collaborative (PTC). Established in April 2012, the Collaborative is a strategic working group focused on the research and development of plastic polymers made entirely from plant-sourced materials. The five-member Collaborative consisting of The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, H.J. Heinz Company, NIKE, Inc., and P&G was created with the intent of increasing sustainable production of plant-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This lightweight and durable plastic is used by all PTC companies in a variety of products and packaging—representing a significant opportunity to reduce environmental impacts by developing PET that is derived from renewable materials.