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 55% compared to 2008 baseline. Reduction in fresh water abstraction coupled with initiatives such as increase in rain water harvesting, recycling and reusing grey water for non-contact manufacturing operations such as cooling towers and boiler makeup, contributed substantially to the reduction of water use in our manufacturing process.
Reducing waste from our manufacturing
Total waste generated from the factories reduced by 54% in 2017 as compared to 2008. We maintained the status of ‘zero non-hazardous waste to landfill’ from all factories and offices. All of the factory generated non-hazardous waste was recycled in environment friendly ways.
Innovations in packaging led to reduction in the use of plastic in 2017. We substituted commodity polymers with performance based polymers, optimised the packaging designs and changed the packaging formats of our products to consume less plastic. As a result, we reduced waste generated due to polymer by 1,700 tonnes in 2017
In addition to this, we also saved 1300 tonnes of paper across categories and 95 tonnes of glass in Foods category through material usage optimisation.
We are working in partnership with industry, governments and NGOs to increase recycling and recovery rates in our packaging. We are using r-PET (80% recycled PET) in our blister packs for personal care brands like Pepsodent toothbrush and Fair & Lovely. This ensures there is an application for newly available r-PET resin in market thereby establishing circular economy thinking.
We provide consumers with refill packs in our home and personal care portfolio to make it convenient for consumers to reuse the primary pack. In order to reduce packaging waste footprint with mind-set of extending the lifecycle of packaging for intended use (with appropriate material selection), we have deployed reuse of secondary packaging systems for bringing packaging material from our suppliers to factories. In 2017, we launched Surf Excel Matic Liquid in refill packaging pouch format for our consumers.
Reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging
The USLP commits to ensure 100% of our plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Globally we have reduced one-third of our plastic packaging since 2010. In India we are taking the below initiatives in this direction:
- Energy from Waste: In partnership with specialist agency IL&FS, we are conducting a pilot on energy recovery from waste. We have recovered nearly 13,000 tonnes till end of 2017.
- Waste collection and segregation at source: In partnership with NGOs, we are in process of conducting five pilot projects in the domain of waste collection and segregation. Till end of 2017, 380 tonnes of plastic waste has been collected, segregated and co-processed.
Reduce office waste
In 2017, all our offices achieved the status of Zero Waste to Landfill status for non-hazardous waste. We achieved this by installation of organic compost for food waste and by sending all solid waste including waste papers, carton boxes, metal, plastic, glass and electronic waste to authorised recyclers.