Procter & Gamble is very serious about improving the sustainability profile of its products and manufacturing operations. But it also wants to help consumers reduce their footprint during the use and disposal of P&G products. Besides the information in this website, you can read more about environmentally friendly consumption behaviour and products.
Julia Hailes - 'The New Green Consumer Guide (You can make a difference)'.
Very easy to read and many very useful tips.
Chris Goodall - how to live a low-carbon life
(The individual's guide to stopping climate change).
Earthscan. ISBN 978-1-84407-426-6
Find out how your individual actions can help to lower your carbon footprint from 12 to as low as 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person per year.
Via the UK government ‘Act on CO2' website, you can calculate your carbon footprint. Try a few energy-saving measures to see what an effect it has.
WWF (The World Wide Fund for Nature) has developed an ecological footprint calculator and is collaborating with other organizations to allow citizens and consumers to calculate their personal footprint.
For examples, see:
The Dutch University of Twente has developed a website where you find a water footprint calculator. Based on your country of residence and your own consumption pattern, you will be able to determine your unique water footprint.
'Future Friendly' is a partnership between NGO organizations (such as Energy Savings Trust (UK), WaterWise (UK), Waste Watch (UK), Global Cool (USA)) and P&G brands such as Ariel, Fairy, Flash and Lenor.
The information on this website allows you to make a difference today in the areas of water and energy savings, packaging and waste.
Take the Energy Saving Trust's home energy check if you want to find out how energy-efficient your home is or to get some tips on how to improve efficiency and save money.
The Confederation of Family Organizations in the European Community (COFACE) published a guide ''Consommation Durable des Produits Lessiviels'. It recommends good sorting of the laundry, no underfilling of the machine, compliance with the dosage recommendations, washing at the lowest possible wash temperature, etcetera. The guide can be obtained from:
COFACE, Rue de Londres 17, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
To find a range of ideas about how you can help the environment, visit the Ariel Do a Good Turn website at www.futurefriendly.co.uk.
You can also find out much more about electricity use, and how to reduce it, from the Association of Electricity Producers at www.energy-uk.org.uk.
The International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products in Europe (A.I.S.E.) have launched several voluntary sustainability industry initiatives, such as:
- the 'Washright' campaign which promotes sustainable consumer washing habits (www.washright.com). It is best known via the T-Shirt.
- the Laundry Sustainability project to coordinate several rounds of compaction in West, Central and East Europe. http://www.aise.eu//go.php?pid=591&topics=17
- the Sustainable Cleaning Charter. www.sustainable-cleaning.com.
This voluntary A.I.S.E. initiative aims to improve the sustainability profile of on detergent and cleaning products across all lifecycle phases, starting from the sourcing of raw materials, but also including product manufacturing, consumer use as well as post-consumer management of the packages.
For more information: www.sustainable-cleaning.com
Some of these programmes were done in partnership with the EU European Sustainable Energy Campaign to raise awareness and change the landscape of energy.
The website from the USA Soap and Detergent Association has extensive information, facts and tips for safe and sustainable use of laundry, dishwashing and household cleaning products.