Reduction in water use and waste
Reducing water use in manufacturing
Water usage (cubic meter per tonne of production) in our manufacturing operations has reduced by 48% compared to 2008 baseline.
We have been able to reduce our water usage by regular metering, monitoring and controlling of utilities consumption at all our manufacturing sites. Some of the other initiatives include better runtime strategies for lesser usage of cleaning water; identifying dry areas in shop-floor; recovery and reuse of process condensate water; and using Effluent Treatment Plant(ETP) treated water instead of fresh water for ETP chemical slurry preparation.
Reducing waste from our manufacturing
In 2015, there was over 92% reduction in disposed waste generated (kg per tonne of production) and 30% reduction in total waste generated (disposed waste and recycled waste) compared to 2008 baseline.
This was achieved through captive usage of organic process waste as biogenic fuel in boilers in a few of our factories; waste segregation at source; and reduction in generation of manufacturing wastes though site driven initiatives. In 2015, all our manufacturing facilities retained zero non-hazardous waste to landfill status, a target accomplished in 2014.
In 2015, we implemented innovative ways of reducing the resources used for our packaging. We focused on using lighter, stronger and better materials that have a lower environmental impact. This led to over 10,000 tonnes of paper and board waste reduction and over 840 tonnes of polymer waste reduction.
We are working in partnership with industry, governments and NGOs to increase recycling and recovery rates in our packaging. We have started using r-PET (80% recycled PET) in our blister packs for personal care brands like Pepsodent toothbrush and Fair & Lovely.
We provide consumers with refill packs in our home and personal care portfolio to make it convenient for consumers to reuse the primary pack.
Reduce office waste
In 2015, we implemented several waste reduction initiatives in our offices. We used organic composter to compost food waste from canteens and dry leaves from campus. We also engaged with government-authorised recyclers to recycle paper waste and other solid waste. Other initiatives include installing jet hand dryer in washroom to reduce paper waste and installing z-towel (pull folded towels) in place of paper towel.