Unilever Achieves 100% Zero Waste to Landfill at All 26 Facilities in North
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. -- April 17, 2013
Unilever United States and Canada today announced that all 26 of its
manufacturing and non-manufacturing headquarter facilities are now zero waste
to landfill (ZLF). Other countries in which Unilever has achieved this
milestone include the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Germany and
Reducing waste sent for disposal is a critical component of Unilever’s
Sustainable Living Plan. Established in 2010, the Plan aims to halve
Unilever’s environmental footprint of the making and use of its products by
2020. As part of this ambitious plan, Unilever is striving to be at or below
2008 levels of total waste from manufacturing facilities by 2015 (five years
earlier than originally announced), despite producing significantly higher
At present, more than half of Unilever’s 252 global factories are ZLF. The key
driver for this achievement of ZLF in both North America manufacturing and
non-manufacturing headquarter facilities is the elimination of waste. Where
reduction of waste is not sufficient, the company’s facilities reuse, recycle,
or recover waste to reach zero waste to landfill.
For example, at the Owensboro, Kentucky facility, which produces pasta sauce
under the Ragu and Bertolli brands, paper and plastic are sent for recycling,
which is eventually converted into tissues and composite lumber, respectively.
The Clearwater, Florida plant, which makes frozen ice cream novelties under
the Klondike, Breyers, Popsicle, and Good Humor brands, has a “reuse program”
that includes reusing cookie liners as trash bags throughout the facility,
donating office furniture to Habitat for Humanity, donating used shoes to
Pinellas Hope Charity, and selling five-gallon plastic buckets to local
stores. The Englewood Cliffs, NJ, headquarter facility implemented waste
centralization to increase office recycling.
Unilever is implementing best practices from all over the world, actively
using its global supply chain network, to create more environmentally
responsible factories. By using the “design once and deploy everywhere”
philosophy, the company is driving a sustainable model that is good for the
environment and saves costs.
“By eliminating waste, our employees are demonstrating our sustainable
business model in action,” said Kees Kruythoff, President, Unilever North
America. “This achievement is an important milestone for Unilever as we
continue to fulfil our vision of significantly reducing our environmental
impact while doubling our business.”
About Unilever North America
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal
Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7
out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily
basis. In the United States and Canada the portfolio includes brand icons such
as: Axe, Becel, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair
Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products,
Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!,
Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s,
Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Ragu, Simple, Slim-Fast, Soft & Beautiful, St.
Ives, Suave, tcb, TIGI, TRESemmé, Vaseline, and Wish-Bone. All of the
preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever
Group of Companies.
Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our
overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and
disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to
helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and
well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020,
and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three
big goals are more than 50 time-based targets. See more on the Unilever
Sustainable Living Plan at http://www.unileverusa.com/sustainable-living/ or
Unilever employs more than 12,000 people across North America – generating
over $10 billion in sales in 2012. For more information visit
www.unileverusa.com or www.unilever.ca.
Unilever Media Relations
Jeff Graubard, 201-894-7760
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