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P&G Helps Push Toward Plant-Based Plastics

Working with Coca-Cola, Heinz, Ford and Nike For a Better Future
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:09 am EDT

At P&G, we want to design products that help conserve our world’s resources. We know that the more work we put into researching sustainable solutions, the more we enable you and others to live environmentally friendly lives. This is why we joined with some of the world’s leading global companies to work toward making plastics and fibers not from petroleum – but from plants.

In partnership with Coca-Cola, Heinz, Ford and Nike, we have created the Plant PET Technology Collaborative (PTC), focused on accelerating the development and use of 100 percent plant-based PET materials and fiber in our products.

PET, also known as polyethylene terephthalate, is a durable, lightweight plastic used by all member companies in products and materials including plastic bottles, apparel, footwear and automotive fabric and carpet. At P&G, we use PET in our bottles, nonwoven fibers and films. Through this collaborative, we will strengthen our program and accelerate progress toward our long-term vision to make all of our products from 100 percent renewable or recycled materials. 

“The Collaborative provides an exciting opportunity to work using a new business model for P&G in partnering with leading, non-competing consumer product companies,” explained Ed Sawicki, Associate Director of Global Business Development. “It is our expectation that this will allow P&G to advance the commercial use of Plant PET significantly faster, at a much lower cost, and at higher quality.”

Plant PET can be produced from a number of sources, including sugarcane, sugar beets, corn, sorghum and cassava.  But one objective of the collaborative is to research non-food sources that meet established sustainability criteria.

“Fossil fuels like oil have significant impacts to the planet’s biodiversity, climate and other natural systems,” said Erin Simon, Senior Program Officer of Packaging for World Wildlife Fund. “Sustainably managing our natural resources and finding alternatives to fossil fuels are both business and environmental imperatives. It’s encouraging to see these leading companies use their market influence to reduce dependence on petroleum-based plastics. We hope other companies will follow their lead.”

Contact:

Elizabeth Ratchford, 513-983-3290
Global Sustainability Communications
ratchford.eq@pg.com

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