Water is a huge part of our manufacturing process, so we have to do everything in our power to create efficiencies and innovations that reduce our ‘water footprint’. We’ve already reduced the amount of water we use across our factory network by 44% for each tonne of production. In 2018, this helped us save approximately 22 billion litres of water compared to 2008 – equivalent to 2.9 litres for every person on the entire planet!
Every U helps limit water waste
Water, it’s the wet and wonderful stuff that feeds our planet, nourishes our forests, and keeps us alive and kicking. It’s our most precious resource, so we need to use it responsibly. Every time you choose your favourite Unilever product, you’re supporting us in doing more with less water, across our entire manufacturing network.
Saving 22 billion litres of water, by minimising our ‘water footprint’
Creating more water friendly factories around the world
Globally, we’re designing and updating our factories to make them more water friendly. For example, in 2018 we invested €32k on a rainwater harvesting project around the Tapti River in India, saving an estimated 43,000 m3 of water per year. The water harvesting potential of this project is 9,000 m3, which would be enough water to meet our needs for 30 days.
In 2018, we also launched a rainwater harvesting challenge in South Asia to encourage factories to collect and reuse as much water as possible during the rainy season. In total, 33 million litres of water were collected and reused, with factory teams aiming to collect even more rainwater in 2019.
We also recollect and reuse water for our cooling towers, recycle it for our boilers and reduce our water use through efficient cleaning. All of which helps reduce the impact of climate change, protect the quality of the water returned to the environment and relieve the stress of water scarcity where it matters.
Together, we can save every precious drop
Water is essential to life, so we’ve got a responsibility to do everything in our power to limit our ‘water footprint’ and make sure we’re always using this precious resource in the most sensible and efficient way. And by continuing to spray, squeeze and splash about with your favourite Unilever brands, you’re helping support our efforts to hang onto every valuable droplet.
Find out more about how we’re making the most of the world’s water.
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