Kimberly-Clark composts 15 million nappies

Children's Diapers Stacked In A Piles In The Child RoomMulti-national company, Kimberly-Clark, has composted 15 million baby nappies and recycled 1.6 billion soft plastic items, as part of its sustainability strategy.

Company general manager, Sharna Heinjus, appeared in a video in the NZ Food & Grocery Council’s FMCG Leadership Series to share the company’s efforts around sustainability.

Envirocomp, one of the company’s big projects, is a nappy recycling scheme invented in New Zealand which has composted 15 million nappies in its first six years. Kimberly-Clark is also a founding sponsor of Redcycle, which recycles soft plastic left at supermarkets.

Heinjus also pointed to a co-generation facility in Australia which has reduced carbon emissions by 9.5 per cent and at the same time increased productivity by 7.9 per cent, and how all their fibre is Forest Stewardship Council certified.

“The number one consumer global trend is ‘going green’,” Heinjus said. “The second thing that our customers tell us is that they want to work with suppliers that are doing the right thing and that are really leading in the sustainability space. And then our employees tell us that they want to work for a company that is leading an agenda of environmental and social responsibility, and Kimberly-Clark is very much that.”

Heinjus said that through a strategy called ‘Our Essential World’, the company focuses on its three key pillars: people, planet, product.

This story first appeared on Inside Retail’s sister site, Inside FMCG.

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