Improvements by Year
Our transition to concentrated Clorox bleach saves resources across the life cycle of the product, from raw materials through manufacturing and shipping, to even when the consumer recycles the bottle. The savings add up to 225,000 megawatt hours of electricity, 196 million gallons of water, 16 million pounds of paper and 10 million pounds of plastic annually.
Brita packaging is redesigned to better showcase the pitcher, improve our presence on shelf and use fewer resources. Instead of a fully enclosed cardboard box, the new packaging features an open cardboard base that reduces the environmental footprint of the package by 50% and saves about $100,000 annually.
Fresh Step extreme lightweight litter is introduced to the U.S. market, offering an option that’s 30% lighter than traditional litter along with sustainability benefits derived from less material used and a smaller transportation footprint.
A new Kingsford charcoal briquet is introduced that is optimized for air flow, reducing materials by 7%. With a lighter-weight product, we can load more charcoal onto trucks, saving over 1 million transportation miles while providing our consumers with a faster-lighting briquet.
- For its facial towelettes, the Burt’s Bees brand replaces the hard plastic opening with an adhesive closure, eliminating approximately 108,000 pounds of hard plastic from production annually and keeping it out of waste streams. A redesigned cardboard display tray for the towelettes also uses 90,000 pounds less paperboard per year.
- In support of our goal to eliminate all PVC packaging, which we are on track to achieve globally by 2020, excluding acquisitions made during the goal period, we changed the material used for our Kingsford charcoal lighter fluid packaging to more environmentally friendly PET.
- By investing in our manufacturing process and equipment, we were able to reduce resin by 20 million pounds annually in Glad kitchen trash bags in 2017 and 2018, creating a new, patent-protected product that offers greater value to consumers.
- The Brita brand’s line of Stream pitchers – featuring Filter-As-You-Pour® technology, which allows users to fill the pitcher quickly and pour immediately – no longer requires a water reservoir, enabling us to use 30% less resin than our standard model with equal capacity.
A Hidden Valley Ranch brand packaging redesign reduces the amount of plastic needed for bottles by a projected 1.5 million pounds annually while also replacing the screw-on cap with a flip-cap lid that is easier to open and close.