Just in time for upcoming Earth Day on April 22, Unilever has announced that its U.S. and Canada headquarters are now zero waste to landfill (ZLF). Unilever has already achieved this green milestone in over half of its 252 facilities, including those in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Japan.
To reach this goal, eliminating waste was key. Where reduction of waste is not sufficient, the company’s facilities reuse, recycle, or recover waste to reach zero waste to landfill.
Unilever is implementing best practices from all over the world, actively using its global supply chain network, to create more environmentally responsible factories. By using the “design once and deploy everywhere” philosophy, the company is driving a sustainable model that is good for the environment and saves costs.
Reducing waste is a critical component of Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan. Established in 2010, the Plan aims to halve Unilever’s environmental footprint of the making and use of its products by 2020. As part of this ambitious plan, Unilever is striving to be at or below 2008 levels of total waste from manufacturing facilities by 2015 (five years earlier than originally announced), despite producing significantly higher volumes.
“By eliminating waste, our employees are demonstrating our sustainable business model in action,” said Kees Kruythoff, president, Unilever North America. “This achievement is an important milestone for Unilever as we continue to fulfill our vision of significantly reducing our environmental impact while doubling our business.”