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P&G Sets Long-Term Sustainability Goals

Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has unveiled its long-term sustainability vision that commits the company to powering its plants with 100 percent renewable energy and using 100 percent renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging.

Other goals include zero consumer and manufacturing waste sent to landfills and designing products that conserve resources while meeting consumer needs.

The company says in order to track progress of its long-term sustainability vision, P&G will implement a series of 10-year sustainability goals. The first set, announced today, will be met by 2020, with yearly progress reports.

These goals include replacing 25 percent of petroleum-based materials with sustainably-sourced renewable materials, reducing packaging 20 percent (per consumer use), powering its plants with 30 percent renewable energy and reducing truck transportation by 20 percent (km/unit of volume), using 2010 as the baseline year.

These sustainability goals are in addition to the company’s existing 2012 goals.

One of the company’s latest moves toward sustainable packaging is P&G’s pilot project to use renewable sugarcane-derived plastic on selected packaging for its Pantene Pro-V, COVERGIRL and Max Factor brands, starting in 2011. The sustainable packaging also is 100 percent recyclable.

The company also plans to convert its entire U.S. and Canadian portfolio of powder laundry detergents to a new compacted formula beginning in February 2011, which is expected to reduce waste and save energy and water.

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