Unilever to drop fossil fuels from its cleaning products by 2030

Unilever has promised to cut fossil fuels from its cleaning products by 2030 to decrease carbon emissions.

The company said it would invest €1bn (£890m, $1.2bn) in the effort.

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Unilever said it would replace petrochemicals with components made from plants, and marine sources like algae.

Omo, Cif, Sunlight and Domestos are the best-selling cleaning brands of Unilever.

Unilever said the chemicals used in its cleaning and laundry products make up 46% of its total carbon footprint. Replacing them with more sustainable components will decrease that footprint by up to 20%.’


The Anglo-Dutch firm, which also makes Dove soap and Persil laundry detergent, said it was experiencing unparalleled demand for cleaning products during the pandemic.

“People want more affordable sustainable products that are just as good as conventional ones,” said Peter ter Kulve, Unilever’s president of its home care division.

“We must stop pumping carbon from under the ground when there is ample carbon on and above the ground if we can learn to utilise it at scale,” he added.

Unilever said the €1bn investment would go towards funding biotechnology research and making products which are biodegradable and water-efficient.

The declaration is the first phase in its Clean Future initiative, which pledges net zero emissions from its products by next 9 years.

This year the Carbon Disclosure Project, a global non-profit group, ranked Unilever as one of only seven of 182 major companies to achieve an A rating based on its governance around climate change, water and forests.

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