Products & packaging brand highlights
Products & packaging brand highlights
Our corporate IGNITE strategy includes ambitious environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals that can only be achieved through the actions of our businesses. That’s why we created an internal Sustainability Center to drive business integration and ensure ESG creates long-term value for our stakeholders.
Since IGNITE launched in 2019, many of our brands have done lifecycle assessments and announced ESG goals of their own.
Below are examples of how our brands are contributing to a cleaner world. You can also read about our brands’ actions to drive social impact here:
The Clorox brand champions a cleaner world where people thrive. To live up to this purpose, the brand has evolved its wipes product portfolio and namesake bleach.
Clorox changed the cleaning category over 20 years ago by inventing the disinfecting wipe. In 2019, the brand evolved it by introducing Clorox® Compostable Cleaning Wipes that pick up dirt — and compost back into dirt. They come in both Simply Lemon and Free & Clear for those who prefer a fragrance-free clean. They’re made with a compostable plant-based cloth which makes them safe to compost at home or through your local municipal facility.* In 2021, the product earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice certification by meeting stringent criteria to help advance the EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.
*For municipal composting, check locally, as appropriate facilities may not exist in your area. For home composting, do not compost wipe if used to clean non-compostable messes, such as human or animal waste. Wipes should generally be no more than 10% of home compost pile.
In 2020, Clorox bleach underwent a dramatic change when the brand began producing a 25% more concentrated formula, saving resources across the product’s lifecycle.
Sold in a smaller bottle, the product uses less water and raw materials and has a lower carbon footprint during manufacturing and distribution. The annual resource savings – relative to the comparable product previously available on the market – from Concentrated Bleach are:
- 23 million gallons of water
- 4 million pounds of paper from corrugate shippers, or roughly 64,750 trees
- 15 million pounds of plastic annually
By providing more disinfecting power per drop, Clorox Concentrated Bleach allows consumers to use a smaller dose to achieve the same results.
The Kingsford® brand has supplied consumers with high-quality charcoal products since the 1950s. Today, Kingsford is the leading U.S. charcoal brand and an industry leader in environmental manufacturing controls, circularity and product sustainability.
Here are some ways the brand is advancing sustainability in its operations and products:
Emissions control: The Kingsford brand’s -of-the-art air-emissions controls for its wood-charring operation includes dust collectors and equipment systems such as enclosed conveyors and storage tanks.
Zero-waste-to-landfill (ZWtL): All Kingsford manufacturing plants are on track to become zero waste-to-landfill (ZWtL) sites by 2025, and over half of the plants have already received this status.
Energy consumption: Kingsford plants reuse the energy created during the wood-charring process by using heat to dry incoming wood and finished charcoal briquets, while also powering steam generators used for other manufacturing operations.
Manufacturing recycle loops: Kingsford plants recover and recycle wood dust, char dust and briquet brokens during the manufacturing process.
Local sourcing of wood: Kingsford charcoal is made from locally-sourced wood, and other natural ingredients. To minimize our environmental impact, we convert more than one million tons of wood leftover from local mills into high-quality briquets every year.
Product innovation: The breakthrough technology of Kingsford charcoal with Sure Fire Grooves® reduces the amount of raw materials necessary to make a charcoal briquet while delivering a briquet that outperforms the original product.
Packaging Innovation: The Kingsford brand only uses certified renewable and sustainably-sourced fiber in its packaging.
For more information, visit the brand’s website.
The Burt’s Bees brand thinks a lot about all the materials it uses —and the ones it doesn’t — helping the brand limit its footprint and reduce use of resources. That’s why it has set a 2025 vision and sustainability targets to foster a circular economy.
In its packaging, the brand uses an average of 50% or more post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials in its packaging. The classic Lip Shimmers tube is now 83% post-consumer recycled plastic, and by using recycled paper, our Rapid Rescue Cold Sore Treatment packaging is made with 75% less plastic.
- It avoids over-packaging, limits mixed materials packaging that is hard to recycle, and uses innovative recycled materials. For example, Burt’s Bees Facial Towelettes are made with repurposed cotton from t-shirt manufacturing, and their package has a sticker rather than a plastic closure. Lip balms aren’t shrink-wrapped; instead, they have a slightly longer label that prevents tampering.
- It chooses high-integrity materials that are more readily recyclable. That includes aluminum, steel, paper, glass, and plastics like PETE, HDPE, and polypropylene, with as much PCR as possible.
- Once Burt’s Bees’ packaging has served its purpose, the brand makes it easy for consumers to recycle through a packaging recovery program in collaboration with TerraCycle. As of fiscal year 2021, TerraCycle has collected over 130,000 of Burt’s Bees packaging from consumers since the program started.
Building on its prior goal period accomplishments, the Burt’s Bees brand established a new 2025 vision to foster a circular economy. In fiscal year 2021, the CarbonNeutral® certified brand launched its first waste-free product in partnership with TerraCycle’s Loop x Ulta program and began working with The Recycling Partnership to fund infrastructure improvements in U.S. municipal recycling systems. It’s also aiming to cut use of virgin packaging materials by a third by 2025 and by half by 2030. It will strive to make all its packaging 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable.
For more information on its environmental sustainability commitments and progress, visit the brand’s website.
Learn about Burt’s Bees’ commitment to impact 50,000 livelihoods in their supply chain communities.
As the #1 brand in water filtration, the Brita brand helps people access cleaner, great-tasting water, without having to trash the planet. To fulfill its purpose, the brand has committed to removing 20 billion single-use plastic water bottles from circulation per year by 2030, among other sustainability goals.
Roughly three-quarters of all plastic water bottles are not recycled, finding their way to landfills. In the U.S. alone, consumers use 2,000 single-use plastic bottles per second*, the majority of which end up in oceans.
Here are some ways the Brita brand is addressing the issue of single-use plastic bottle waste:
- When consumers switch to a Brita® system, they replace up to 1,800 single-use plastic bottles per year.**
- Last year, Brita® customers filtered enough water to replace 13 billion single-use plastic water bottles, the majority (60%) of which are consumed in the home.◊
- Using a Brita to filter water produces up to 4x less CO2 than drinking bottled water.^
- At the end of the life cycle of Brita filters and pitchers, consumers can turn old Brita® products into 100% recycled goods like outdoor chairs, bike racks, watering cans or park benches through a take-back partnership between Brita and TerraCycle.
Switching to reusable water bottles and home-filtered water is also good for consumers’ wallets. The average Brita® pitcher filters 240 gallons of water a year for about 19 cents a day. To get the same amount of water from water bottles would require 1,818 16.9-ounce water bottles a year. At an average cost of a dollar a bottle, that’s $4.98 a day.
That’s why Brita is committed to removing 20 billion single-use plastic water bottles from circulation per year by 2030. The brand has also set the following goals:
- Have zero plastic waste to landfill by 2030.Ω
- Create completely curbside recyclable packaging using 100% recycled fibers.
- Produce innovations that will lower our carbon and plastic footprint.
- Provide 500,000 people access to clean water in vulnerable U.S. communities with poor quality tap water by 2024, and one million people by 2030.
For more information, visit the brand’s website.
*Based on IRI sales data; 2,000 bottles/second estimation from World Economic Forum “The New Plastics Economy,” based on current weight of global plastics in oceans.
**Standard 16.9 ounce bottles.
◊Based on fiscal year 2020 shipment volumes of all Brita systems and filters. Compared to standard 16.9 oz. bottles.
^Based on the same volume of water consumed with Brita products and vs. PET plastic water bottles. Based on Comparative Life Cycle Assessment Study of Five Brita Filtered Water Products and Disposable Bottled Water. December 2019.
ΩPlastic waste = Brita products made of plastic including non-recyclable filters, single-use films, systems (pitchers, dispensers), and hard-sided plastic bottles.
The Glad brand in the U.S. has declared specific 2030 sustainability targets to reduce its environmental footprint and help achieve its purpose to build a future with less waste.
The Glad brand has developed breakthrough technology that allows its kitchen drawstring bags to be made with 7%-22% less plastic than the top 10 competing brands. If everyone in the U.S. chose Glad drawstring bags, we could help save 100 million pounds of plastic from going into landfills each year.
Through product innovations, the brand also delivered its most sustainable bag yet, and with the same trusted strength. The Glad® ForceFlex Plus Recovered Materials trash bags use 20% post-consumer recycled plastic diverted from landfills, plus 30% reclaimed plastic, which is reused scrap material from the manufacturing process. These bags also have 100% recycled packaging. All product made in North America are manufactured in plants that are certified zero-waste-to-landfill1 and use 100% renewable energy2.
The brand’s sustainability efforts are also ramping up across the globe. In Canada, Glad offers bags designed and labeled for recycling and composting. The Australia-New Zealand market extended the Glad to be Green® platform with a range of food care products with environmental benefits. The 50% Plant-Based Cling Wrap, Sandwich and Snack Reseal Bags are made from sugar cane, a renewable resource. By replacing a portion of fossil fuel plastic with bio-based plastic, these new Glad products have a smaller carbon footprint with the trusted strength and quality of Glad to keep food fresh and protected. In addition, the Compostable Bake Paper is certified home and municipal compostable3 after use, diverting waste away from landfill. The packaging for this lineup is made from 70% recycled content and is 100% recyclable. Lastly, the 50% Ocean Bound Plastic Recycled trash bags are made using 50% ocean bound4 recycled plastic.
In the U.S., the brand has declared specific 2030 sustainability targets to reduce its environmental footprint, including:
- 50% reduction in virgin plastic across its trash business. As of calendar year 2020, the brand had achieved 13% reduction in virgin material5
- 60% reduction in virgin packaging across both trash and food protection. The brand achieved 48% reduction in virgin packaging as of CY20206
- Investment in strategic partnerships that amplify sustainability efforts, including Recyclops, a technology-enabled sustainability and recycling startup, to expand access to recycling for more than 100,000 U.S. households that are currently without viable curbside options.
For more information on how Glad is doing more to waste less, visit the brand’s website.