Unilever to Work Towards “Clean Future” by Eliminating Oil-Based Ingredients from its Cleaning Products

Unilever to Work Towards “Clean Future” by Eliminating Oil-Based Ingredients from its Cleaning Products


How and in what direction do the modern influential firms work in order to achieve the sustainable development goals is a major factor on which the future of this world depends. Various firms have planned to initiate projects that are targeted towards achieving sustainable development goals. One such project is the Unilever’s “Clean Future” initiative, which will receive an investment of €1 billion by the owner of Persil, Domestos, and Cif, in a bid to eliminate fossil fuel-based ingredients from its products by 2030. 

Unilever’s “Clean Future” initiative aims to develop renewable and recycled alternatives to chemicals derived from the oil industry as a part of the company’s pledge to eliminate carbon emissions from its products by 2039. Unilever has realised the urgent need of saving the nature, and the efforts are being made to promote the same. Therefore, the company has been committed over the next decade to environmental projects that will improve the health of the planet. As nearly half of the carbon footprint is generated by the company’s cleaning products prepared from oil-based ingredients, the eco-friendly alternatives are expected to reduce one-fifth of the negative environmental impact caused by these products. Also, there are some products that generate a huge amount of plastic waste, and Unilever has pledged to reduce the same as plastic is one of the most harmful non-biodegradable wastes that can cause harm to plants and wildlife.

The eco-friendly alternatives, varying from palm oil-based chemicals to those derived from algae, plastic waste, and carbon captured form energy production, is being investigated as it is essential to develop a diverse range of alternatives to grow within the limits of the planet. This clearly resonates the company’s motto of making a better world for the generations to come. As the world is already suffering from various causes of environmental degradation like global warming and the depletion of non-renewable resources due to an increase in the population globally, this step can prove to be a huge success towards achieving the sustainable development goals of the company. 

Based on research activities, the different alternatives for sourcing fossil fuel-based ingredients are being developed, and this is expected to shape a new bio-economy, rising from the ashes of fossil fuels. As the science and technology has buttressed the various possibilities for producing more promising products that meet the needs and desires of people, Unilever is aiming to provide affordable and sustainable products with new exciting benefits to people who use their products, from ultra-mild cleaning ingredients to self-cleaning clothes and surfaces. 

In September 2020, one of the first fossil fuel-free innovations is expected to hit the market of the United Kingdom. The product is a Persil washing liquid, along with a stain remover, which is derived from sugar cane. As a part of the company’s sustainable development goals, the Persil bottles are also now expected to be comprised of 50% recycled plastic. The bottle has been redesigned to utilize less plastic, thus, substantially reducing the total virgin plastic used in the bottles by 1,000 tonnes per year. Cif is also on the road of recycling and sustainable future as the brand has reformulated its cleaning liquid with a cleaning agent recycled from plastic bottles. In India, too, the company has implemented its sustainable development goals as it sources soda ash produced via a pioneering method that captures the carbon from energy production.

Thus, the company is aiming to bring lower carbon alternatives into the mainstream. In order to fend off the coronavirus, the company has been witnessing a rise in demand for its cleaning products as people are much more concerned about maintaining the hygiene and sanitation. Maintaining hygiene and proper sanitisation is expected to remain the priority for people in the coming years, keeping up the demand for Unilever’s cleaning products in the coming years, even as the company takes stepss to tackle the looming climate crisis.