Most people want to protect the planet, but they're not always sure where to start, according to a new study by Procter & Gamble (PG) - Get Report. In celebration of Earth Day and as part of its commitment to help make sustainable choices easier for the five billion consumers it serves every day, P&G is launching a new campaign, including a short film It's Our Home to share how small actions at home can make a world of difference for the planet.
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Small acts at home can make a big impact
According to a new study in Canada by P&G 1, 71% of people want to do more to be sustainable at home and 76% of parents are inspired by their children to do so. But fewer than four out of 10 people make environmentally conscious choices at home as often as they'd like. For most people, "not knowing how" is one of the top barriers to acting sustainably.
Closing the gap between intention and action and unlocking change at home has the potential to positively impact the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, electricity, water use, and more. Among the 28 sectors of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, "homes" are in the top three, and as big as road transportation 2. This means the small changes we make - such as using cold water for laundry, taking shorter showers or turning off the tap while brushing our teeth or shaving, and recycling more - can make a big impact.
"Meaningful change starts at home, and P&G brands have a big role to play - by helping consumers live more sustainably with no tradeoffs in the superior performance they expect from our products," said Geraldine Huse, President, P&G Canada. "P&G and our brands will continue to reduce our impact and help people be more sustainable at home to protect our planet - our shared home - for generations to come."
P&G brands aim to help families be sustainable at home
In the same P&G study, nearly 75% of consumers said they want the brands they buy to help them live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. Previous research has shown that sustainable product choices don't matter if people don't choose them, and consumers expect both sustainability and product performance, without the need to compromise. That's why P&G is committing to using its voice, reach, innovation and expertise - and that of its brands - to make sustainability irresistible for all.
P&G is taking a number of steps to help close the sustainability intention-to-action gap - including releasing a new film, It's Our Home, in which young Luisa helps her family adopt new habits that protect her planet. The film and additional content at P&G Good Everyday will help people learn about the simple choices they can make at home.
P&G brands are also stepping up consumer communication about sustainability. And, through product formulation and packaging that uses less, refills easily or recycles more, they're helping families make sustainable choices at home:
- Turn to Cold:Washing in cold with Tide provides a better clean (than the bargain brand on hot 3). Switching from hot to cold water can also save energy and money - using up to 90% less energy and saving up to $130 a year on your energy bill by washing in cold instead of hot 4.
- Take a Half Load Off: Cascadeknows that even a half-filled dishwasher load can save water compared to washing by hand. A running sink can use up to 15 litres every two minutes, while an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher uses less than 15 litres per cycle. Using your dishwasher daily can save up to 378 litres of water a week.
- Save on soaking: Dawn Powerwash Dish Spray creates spray-activated suds without water to get dishes clean without soaking so there's no need to use the faucet until the final rinse.
- Turn off the tap: Closing the tap while brushing your teeth can save more than 11,000 litres of water every year. Sponsored by Crest and Oral-B, consumers can send used toothbrushes, brush heads, toothpaste tubes and dental floss to TerraCycle which will organize, sanitize and recycle them—giving recycled plastics entirely new life. In addition, brushing with the Oral-B Clic toothbrush lets you reuse 80% of the brush and replace only the brush head.
In addition, Herbal Essences is also supporting WWF-Canada's biodiversity renewal efforts to plant native plants for a landscape that's more resilient to climate change.
Households can participate in the It's Our Home movement through P&G Good Everyday, a new consumer rewards program powered by P&G's trusted brands that helps turn everyday actions into acts of good. When consumers engage with the program, they earn points that can be redeemed for rewards - and as they earn, P&G makes donations to causes consumers care about. Through their actions on P&G Good Everyday, people can directly support P&G's well-known impact programs such as Tide Loads of Hope, P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water, Dawn Helps Save Wildlife, Always End Period Poverty as well as other featured charities including WWF-Canada and United Way Centraide.
Advancing Progress Towards Net Zero Emissions
The launch of It's Our Home shines a spotlight on the importance of consumer use of products in the home as an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, consumer use of products is P&G's largest opportunity to help reduce emissions and remains a key focus for company and brand efforts to address climate change. P&G's Tide brand recently announced a goal for three out of four loads of laundry in the U.S. and Canada to be washed in cold water by 2030 - which has the potential to deliver a cumulative 27 million metric ton reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the decade.
P&G's commitments go well beyond the consumer use phase and include its 2030 goals to reduce manufacturing emissions by 50%, purchase 100% renewable electricity, improve finished product transportation emissions efficiency by 50%, make 100% of packaging recyclable or reusable, and reduce virgin petroleum plastic packaging by 50%. Later this year, P&G will issue a climate transition action plan outlining the company's plans toward the long-term objective of net zero emissions for scope 1,2, and elements of scope 3 emissions.
"The challenges facing our environment impact us all, but together, we can all be a part of the solution," said Virginie Helias, P&G Chief Sustainability Officer. "P&G has a unique responsibility to use our scale and influence to help build a better tomorrow, which we are doing through our 2030 goals including partnering with others to combat some of the most complex issues we face. I am delighted to launch 'It's Our Home' to show that our brands can enable small actions at home that collectively will have a big impact, fostering a sustainable, regenerative lifestyle for all."
Environmental sustainability has been embedded in how P&G does business for decades. Over the past 10 years P&G has reduced its GHG emissions by 50%, reached zero manufacturing waste to landfill across all sites globally, and doubled the use of recycled resin in its plastic packaging. For more about P&G's commitments and progress, visit P&G's ESG website or read P&G's 2020 Citizenship Report.
About Procter & Gamble
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About P&G's 2,021 Acts of Good in 2021
At P&G, fostering equality and inclusion, supporting our communities and protecting the planet is embedded in how we do business. We believe we have a responsibility to make the world better —through the products we create and the positive impact our brands and Company can have. Under our Lead with Love campaign, P&G and its brands have committed to 2,021 acts of good this year. In the U.S. and Canada, consumers can do even more through P&G Good Everyday, a consumer rewards program that helps turn everyday actions into acts of good.
_________________________ 1 Unless otherwise stated all statistics are sourced from the "It's Our Home" Study, conducted by P&G hosted on Toluna, surveying 1012 consumers in Canada, February 2021. 2 Climate Watch, WRI 220 3 Tide Hygienic Clean Heavy Duty Pods or Tide Ultra Oxi Pods in cold vs. leading baking soda 2-in-1 Pak in hot 4 In non-HE washer, switching 8 loads/wk from hot to cold, avg. electricity rate (13.3c/kWh)
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