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P&G sets sustainability goals

P&G sets sustainability goals

   Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble last week unveiled a 10-year sustainability vision that includes reducing packaging and truck transportation (based on kilometers driven per unit of volume) by 20 percent each.

   The company's long-term goals call for all manufacturing plants to be completely powered by renewable energy, emitting no fossil-fuel-based carbon dioxide or toxic chemicals, using 100 percent renewable or recycled materials, and having zero consumer and manufacturing waste go to landfills.

   Among P&G's recent environmental advances is the development of technology that allows for less use of paper pulp in its Pampers product, resulting in a disposable diaper that is 20 percent thinner. It also requires its own suppliers to continually reduce their environmental impact and recently completed a sustainability scorecard to measure their progress.

   Many suppliers during the past half-decade have followed the lead of customer Wal-Mart Stores in reducing packaging sizes and eliminating other forms of waste.