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Procter & Gamble Fabric Care Overhauls Packaging to Make 230 Million Bottles a Year out of Recycled Plastic

- That is enough plastic to go from North to South Pole
- Flagship brands will be packaged in bottles composed of up to 50% recycled plastic (PCR)
- P&G Fabric Care calls for global suppliers to accelerate the use of PCR in their packaging
- First P&G bottles impacted by this announcement are expected to be on sale in early 2016

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:33 am BST

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LONDON

Procter & Gamble (P&G) Fabric Care today announced a new environmental initiative which will see 230 million bottles of flagship brands like Ariel, Dash, Lenor and Unstoppables made out of 'Post Consumer Recyclate' (PCR) which is recycled packaging.  As the fourth environmental action in a period of just eighteen months,* today's announcement is a continuation of P&G Fabric Care's journey towards greater environmental sustainability.

The 230 million bottles, which are expected to be produced using PCR, is the equivalent of the distance from the North Pole to the South Pole if all of the bottles were laid end-to-end.  The first P&G Fabric Care bottles impacted by this announcement are expected to be on sale in retailers in the first half of 2016.

Gianni Ciserani, Group President of Global Fabric and Home Care said:  "At P&G, when it comes to sustainability, we believe that actions speak louder than words.  The increase in Post Consumer Recyclate in the packaging of our Fabric Care brands is a huge step in the right direction.  We want to make it easier for consumers to choose sustainable brands whilst continuing to deliver superior product performance."

He added:  "I'd like to continue this momentum in the future by partnering with orgnizations that can provide recycled materials globally.  This will allow us to increase the amount of recycled plastic in more brands and geographies. When it comes to recycling, everybody has a part of play.  Join us on this journey to elimate packaging waste everywhere"

Through this initiative, the amount of incremental recycled material that P&G Fabric Care will use per year increases by 3.8 kilo tons.  This action is part of P&G's commitment to take significant steps to increase the amount of recycled material in its packaging.  The company vision is to make 100% of its products and packaging from renewable and recycled materials.  This means conserving natural resources which would have been used in the production of new plastic.

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P&G Media Contact
Victoria Barton
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*Over the last 18 months P&G Fabric Care has announced that it will end the use of phosphates in its detergents globally, launched a community centre in Kenya, and partnered with DuPont to introduce cellulosic ethanol into Tide detergent.
 

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