Ioannis Hatzopoulos, global baby care sustainability communication at P&G, presented information about his company's efforts in diaper recycling at Hygienix.
In 2017, P&G included expanding the recycling absorbent products as a key point of its Ambition 2030 plan, a set of new goals to reduce the company’s impact on the environment. According to Hatzopoulos, the company has a clear goal to establish as least 10 diaper facilities globally by 2030. “We are committed to taking it further,” he says. “We are exploring every market that we are in and we are absolutely open to any type of partnership.”
P&G has already begun focusing on India as the next potential spot for diaper recycling because of its huge waste problem. In fact, P&G CEO David Taylor has met with government officials to discuss the company’s manufacturinging iniatives and offering to assit in the Clean India Initiative (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan) by using technology to reduce waste to landfill that will up-cycle sanitary waste.
P&G's three entities in India, which sell products ranging from detergents and shampoo to razors and sanitary napkins, have combined revenue of under $2 billion, less than 3% of its overall sales.