Posted on September 13, 2018 by Sustainable Food News

Seventh Generation brand to cut GHG emissions by 50%

Eco-friendly household, personal care products brand lays out 9 sustainability goals

Unilever’s Seventh Generation eco-friendly household products brand on Tuesday laid out several sustainability commitments for 2025.

The Burlington, Vt.-based manufacturer of household and personal care products set out nine goals it plans to achieve in seven years, including:

  • Sustainable Sourcing: 100 percent of materials and ingredients will be sustainable bio-based or recycled and 30 percent of palm kernel oil will be replaced by non-land use, bio-based oils.
  • Zero Waste: 100 percent of Seventh Generation’s materials will be reusable and reused, recyclable and recycled, or biodegradable and degraded.
  • Reduce GHG Emissions: Scopes 1 through 3 (indirect and direct emissions) inclusive of consumer use – by 50 percent from a 2012 base year.
  • Protect Water: No water will be contaminated during a product’s life cycle.
  • Equitable Value Chain: All workers throughout our supply chain will earn a livable wage or better.
  • Equitable & Inclusive Communities: Seventh Generation will nurture the power of our collective individuality with a team that reflects the racial and gender diversity of our country at all levels.
  • Zero Toxics: All Seventh Generation products will be free of chronic toxins.
  • Right to Know: All home and personal care products sold in the U.S. will disclose ingredients, including chronically toxic incidental ingredients.
  • Democratization: Seventh Generation will reduce exposure to toxic chemicals from personal and home care products among vulnerable populations including pregnant women, children and care workers.

Seventh Generation is also pledging to reduce scope 1 (direct) and 2 (indirect) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 100 percent by 2030 from a 2012 base year; and reduce absolute GHG emissions from the use of their products 90 percent and reduce all other scope 3 (indirect) emissions 80 percent by 2030 from a 2012 base year.

“While Seventh Generation’s sustainability goals have always been ambitious, I’m particularly proud to announce the targets we are striving to meet by 2025,” said Joey Bergstein, CEO of Seventh Generation. “While there’s no clear path to how we’ll achieve these goals, we know that it’s imperative that we push forward to get there. It is critical that we each do our part to lead on climate change – future generations are counting on us.”

Read Seventh Generation’s Corporate Consciousness Report.

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