Unilever launches its most powerful and sustainable laundry capsules yet
London – Today, Unilever announced the global launch of its most sustainable laundry capsule yet, the fastest growing detergent format in many parts of the world.
- Laundry capsule is specially designed for top performance in cold (20°c and below), short cycles. Consumers can save up to 60% energy per use.
- Capsule’s GHG emissions are reduced by 16%1.
- Plastic-free2 cardboard packaging is set to prevent over 6,000 tonnes of plastic per year entering the waste stream.
Unilever’s biggest laundry brand, Dirt Is Good (also known as Persil, Skip and OMO), has introduced the newly designed capsule to help decarbonise the laundry process whilst delivering top cleaning performance. The new capsules are packaged in a plastic-free, cardboard container, a move set to prevent over 6,000 tonnes of plastic entering the waste stream every year, the equivalent in weight to 500 double-decker buses.
The specially designed formula contains biodegradable active ingredients that are 65% derived from plant sources and has been optimised to deliver top cleaning performance in cold and short cycles. The re-engineered capsule membrane is fully biodegradable and the fastest dissolving on the market, designed to leave no residue on laundry. The new capsule sees its carbon footprint reduced by 16% (vs. current capsules), and when used in cold, short cycles, consumers can save up to 60% energy per use.
The reduction in emissions across the products’ life cycle puts the new Unilever capsule at the forefront of efforts to decarbonise the laundry industry. This is an important step in reducing the Scope 3 GHG emissions of our laundry business, which includes those associated with consumers’ end use of our products, like the energy required to power a washing machine.
For the first time ever, the laundry capsules will be packaged in a ground-breaking plastic-free cardboard box. The innovative box conceived in partnership with Graphic Packaging International, underwent years of development to lock out moisture better than current plastic packaging and prevent capsules from sticking to each other. The box is easier to open and close, is child-proof and fully recyclable. 50% of the cardboard comes from recycled sources and the rest from FSC-certified forests3.
The new product, which will launch first in France before rolling out to other markets, is another example of Unilever’s Clean Future strategy. Announced in September 2020, the strategy aims to fundamentally change the way that some of the world’s best-known cleaning and laundry products are created, manufactured and packaged, supported by a €1bn investment over 10 years.
Dr Keith Rutherford, Head of Global Innovation, Unilever Home Care R&D said:“Through our Clean Future programme, our ambition is to make sustainable cleaning the compelling choice for every consumer by bringing real innovation to established mass market products. The research, development, and manufacturing skill that is required shouldn’t be underestimated. The new proprietary formulation and child-proof cardboard packaging is the work of so many people. This is our best and most sustainable laundry capsule yet – it is truly industry leading.”
Ralf Mack, Director New Business Development, EU Consumer Products at Graphic Packaging International adds: “Working together with Unilever, we are delighted to see our innovative packaging solution launch under this iconic brand around the world. Our combined expertise in carton design, product protection capabilities and understanding of consumer behaviour has enabled us to create this superior, plastic-free and child-proof solution, enabling consumers and businesses alike to reduce their use of single-use plastic.”
Notes to Editors
Unilever Home Care’s Clean Future innovation programme was launched in September 2020 to fundamentally change the way that some of the world’s best-known cleaning and laundry products are created, manufactured and packaged. At the heart of the programme is our ambition to eliminate the use of fossil-derived chemicals in our formulations, using renewable and recycled sources of carbon instead.
About Dirt Is Good
Dirt Is Good (DIG) is Unilever’s largest detergent brand, known by various names across the world including OMO, Persil, Skip, Surf Excel, and Breeze. For more than 20 years, the brand has had an inimitable philosophy for a leading laundry brand – getting dirty can be a positive experience for all.
DIG is sold in over 45 markets and is the number 1 or number 2 laundry brand across the majority of these. Across the world, we are launching our cleanest and greenest products yet with plant-based stain removers and recyclable bottles made with recycled plastic. We want to lead the democratisation of sustainable laundry without compromising on top performance, always tougher on stains and kinder to our world.
A truly purposeful brand, DIG set up the Dirt Is Good Project which aims to help ten million young people take positive action for a better world where they can lead healthier, happier lives. We are working together with parents, educators, and NGOs such as Global Action Plan to give young people the confidence to set their potential free and build a brighter future together. We believe that taking action, alongside others, has a positive impact on young people’s wellbeing, their communities and the planet. We believe that all young people should feel supported and empowered to roll up their sleeves and take action on what matters to them, no matter how messy.