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And The Corporate Response

CORPORATE ACTION: Procter & Gamble

Procter and Gamble Partners With Habitat For Humanity To Build Eco-Friendly Clinic In Philippines

Procter & Gamble Philippines has partnered with the Habitat for Humanity Philippines to build an environment-friendly community health center and birthing clinic in Pastrana, Leyte. Designed to be sustainable, the facility was built using mostly recycled plastic waste. [Image Credit: © Procter & Gamble]

CORPORATE ACTION: Reckitt Benckiser

Harpic Launches Toilet Block Made With 99% Less Plastic

Harpic launched its HARPIC Hygienic & Fresh Sticker, a toilet block designed to sit inside-the-bowl without the need for a plastic container. This enables the product to keep the toilet “constantly fresh” without a plastic applicator, which means it comes with 99% less plastic. The product is initially available only in Europe, but the company plans to launch it worldwide. [Image Credit: © Reckitt Benckiser ]


The Perfume Shop Joins Forces With L’Oréal To Launch First Multi-Brand Fragrance Refill Station In UK

The Perfume Shop partnered with L’Oréal to launch a multi-brand fragrance refill station in its Victoria Centre store in Nottingham. The first of its kind in the UK, the refill station allows customers to refill their perfume bottles with different fragrances from brands, including YSL, Prada, and Armani. Customers can have their bottles, with sizes ranging from 30ml and up, and save as much as 29% of the cost of buying perfumes in a new bottle. [Image Credit: © The Perfume Shop Limited]


1.7K Reusable Packaging Companies Support Packaging And Packaging Waste Regulation Proposed In Spain

More than 1,700 reusable and refillable packaging companies expressed support for the proposed General Approach of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation in Spain. Eight co-signers of the support letter, including New European Reuse Alliance, B Lab France, and Roundtable for Reusable Container Trays and Pallets, focused on the proposed regulation’s Articles 22 and 26. These deal with market restrictions for single-use packaging and reuse and refill targets, respectively. [Image Credit: © NatureFriend from Pixabay]


CMA Plans To Audit Unilever’s Sustainability-Related Marketing Claims

UK’s Competition and Markets Authority plans to examine Unilever’s sustainability claims. CMA’s move is part of its wider investigation into companies’ marketing of their products as “environment-friendly”. Results of the CMA’s initial review of green claims by manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods revealed that some statements and language used by the company “may mislead shoppers” concerning the products’ environmental impact and some claims seem to exaggerate the naturalness of ingredients used. [Image Credit: © Unilever]

Beijing Regulator Says Majority Of Eco-Friendly Bags Failed Biodegradability Test

Beijing Municipal Administration for Market Regulation revealed that 65.5% of 29 types of “biodegradable” plastic bags failed to satisfy industry and national standards. China’s biodegradability standards cover labelling, biodegradation rate, volatile organic compound emissions, and weight-based carrying capacity. The government agency said manufacturers and sellers of non-compliant plastic bags face “legal consequences”. [Image Credit: © Nii SHU on Unsplash]


Sustainable Products Driving Growth In Beauty Industry, Report Says

Compostable and plastic-free products are driving growth in the beauty products industry, according to NielsenIQ. Data from the “2023 Sustainable Beauty” report revealed that 62% of consumers said sustainability has become more vital than it was two years ago. Also, 61% said sustainability should benefit the planet, with 57% and 54% believing it should preserve natural resources and cut pollution, respectively. Moreover, the beauty industry has seen a 64% increase in searches for refillable packaging options. [Image Credit: © Francesca Grima on Unsplash]

Brands’ False Green Claims Drive UK Consumers Mad, Survey Reveals

In the UK, only 46% of people older than 55 years – Baby Boomers - believe businesses’ green claims, while 71% of respondents aged 18 to 24 years tend to trust corporate sustainability claims. Results of Canopey’s survey of 2,000 people across the country showed 68% of respondents feel angry that green claims by both manufacturers and retailers can mislead them into buying a product. Among Baby Boomers, only 48% let sustainability influence their purchasing behavior, while 78% of their younger counterparts do so. [Image Credit: © Anders J on Unsplash]


Household Plastic Packaging Use Drops 5% In UK, RECOUP Report Says

In the UK, year-on-year plastic packaging use dropped 5%, or by about 70,000 tons, according to the RECOUP UK Household Plastic Packaging Collection Survey 2023. Data from the survey also revealed that kerbside collection of plastic packaging waste decreased 5% or by almost 30,000 tons. According to plastic resource efficiency and recycling charity group, RECOUP, a collection rate of 42% was recorded for all household packaging, with 63% for plastic bottles, 39% for plastic pots, tubs, and trays, and 7% for plastic films and flexibles. [Image Credit: © RECycling of Used Plastics Ltd (RECOUP)]
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