Unilever said Wednesday (September 2) it would invest just over 1 billion dollars to eliminate fossil fuels from its cleaning products by 2030.
The aim is to cut the carbon emissions created by chemicals used in making such products.
The household goods conglomerate, which owns the likes of Cif and Domestos, said it would use ingredients made from plants and other biological sources instead of petrochemicals.
46% of its Home Care division's emissions come from chemicals in its cleaning and laundry products.
The switch, they said, will cut those emissions by a fifth.
Unilever claims it is the first company to commit to such carbon cuts.
It is working with small biotech companies and major firms like Dow Chemical to create environment-friendly product formulations.
Unilever emits about 100 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents globally.
It aims to reduce this to net zero from its own operations and suppliers by 2039.
The company says a major hurdle will be getting suppliers to scale up ingredient production to meet their requirements...
Especially at a time of unprecedented demand for cleaning products in response to the global health crisis.
But by choosing 'skilled' partners, Unilever is confident it can hit its 2030 targets.