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Innovating to lead

Long-term positive impact calls for creative ideas, commitment and partnership.

Head & Shoulders Recyclable Shampoo Bottle

In partnership with recycling experts, TerraCycle and SUEZ, Head & Shoulders produced the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made with 25% recycled beach plastic. The bottle launched in France this past summer and is a first major step in establishing a unique supply chain that involves the support of thousands of volunteers and hundreds of NGOs collecting plastic waste found on beaches. To further expand our positive packaging impact, by the end of 2018, more than a half a billion Hair Care bottles in Europe will include up to 25% PCR plastic. Check out the video of the campaign or to see how bottles are made, watch this.

Recycling is a vital part of who we are as a company, and in fact, P&G has been using recycled plastic in products and packaging since the late 1980s. To date, our usage has predominantly been in polyethylene (PE) and polyester (PET) PCR. For polypropylene (PP), one of our top three resins used, the limited supply of high quality PCR was motivation for us to innovate. One of our lead scientists, Dr. John Layman, developed a purification technology to improve the quality of recycled polypropylene.

PureCycle Technologies (PCT)

P&G licensed the technology to PureCycle Technologies (PCT), a portfolio company of Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise Partnership that commercializes disruptive technologies. PCT hosted a ribbon-cutting for a new plant in Hanging Rock, Ohio that will produce recycled PP plastic with ‘virgin-like’ quality. While this is a P&G-developed technology, the recycled PP produced will be widely available for purchase across the entire plastics industry.

• 2017 was a milestone year for P&G’s Renewable Energy program with large-scale projects coming on-line - the Tyler Bluff wind farm in Texas and the onsite Albany Biomass combined heat and power facility in Georgia.

• January was the first full month of production from the Tyler Bluff wind farm. The project is an example of the importance of partnerships in bringing additional renewable energy generation to market. P&G partnered with EDF Renewable Energy and Southern Company on a project that brought an additional 52 wind turbines and more than 125 megawatts of electricity to the grid. P&G purchases 80% of the project’s output which is enough to power 100% of our Fabric and Home Care plants in the US and Canada. Consumers in these regions are now able to purchase products such as Tide, Gain, Downy, Dawn, Cascade, Febreze, and Mr. Clean that are “produced with 100% wind electricity.” The wind project demonstrates P&G’s commitment to improving consumer’s lives by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions when they choose our products.

• In July, P&G and Constellation announced the completion of a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant located at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities. This highly efficient approach provides P&G with 100 percent of the steam energy needed to manufacture Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue at this plant.

• Constellation owns and operates the facility, which supplies steam to P&G’s Albany, Georgia paper manufacturing plant and generates electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power and their customers. Additionally, steam from the facility will be used to power an 8.5-megawatt steam-to-electricity generator at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, helping the base increase its energy security and making them the first Net Zero Navy base in the United States.

• The plant’s fuel supply will come from locally abundant biomass that would otherwise have been left to decay, burned, or potentially sent to landfill, including discarded tree tops, limbs, branches and scrap wood from local forestry operations, crop residuals, such as pecan shells and peanut hulls, and mill waste, such as sawdust. For more about the process, check out this video.

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We developed a program to help improve the livelihood of smallholders while verifying production practices meet our palm oil sourcing criteria. We are partnering with two non-profit organizations, Wild Asia and Proforest, to conduct pilots to trace the source of these fresh fruit bunches and conduct a baseline assessment against our sourcing criteria for roughly 2000 farmers who supply 7 collection centers. In addition, we have completed initial pilots with the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) to improve the small holder yields through an Improved Crop Recovery Program (ICR). Initial results from ICR were encouraging and showed an increased FFB output of 30-50% in pilot locations. Finally, we are also utilizing Geospatial technology to develop a satellite imaging system to assess potential risks across the small holder supply chain and prioritize expansion of pilot efforts. We have built the prototype and are in the process of ‘ground truthing’ to validate the model in our smallholder pilot areas.

Check out this video.

Palm trees