MUMBAI - Kimberly-Clark India, in partnership with the Plastics for Change Foundation, has successfully completed an initiative in India that has seen the diversion of more than 22,500 kg of plastic waste from the ocean.
The company is celebrating the conclusion of 'Project घर', an initiative launched in 2021 to address the mounting challenge of plastic waste by collecting and recycling 22.5 metric tons of single-use and multi-layered plastic by using innovative and ethical methods of recycling plastic, producing nearly zero waste, and further empowering 300 beneficiaries at the bottom of the waste management value chain to secure greater income.
The project has also resulted in the constriction of sustainable housing units for the on-ground waste collectors in the Hubli-Dharwad coastal region of Karnataka.
"The success of Project घर and the learnings gathered along the way have only strengthened our resolve to develop a circular economy and a more sustainable future," said Mainak Dhar, managing director, Kimberly-Clark India on the completion of the project. "Through our partnership with Plastics for Change Foundation, we have been able to adopt innovative solutions to tackle the growing environmental and societal concerns, while delivering on our global sustainability vision to advance the well-being of underserved communities."
Andrew Almack, CEO, Plastics for Change added: "In the last one year, through Project घर, we have been able to create better and safer livelihoods for the waste collector community in Hubli. We are extremely proud to have collaborated with Kimberly-Clark India, who shares our commitment to improving the lives of the underserved while reducing the social and environmental impact of plastic waste."
Over the past years, Kimberly-Clark India has been making significant strides in supporting the development and maturation of environmental sustainability in the country. The company has piloted notable projects including the installation of solar panels at its Pune facility that has helped reduce carbon emissions by 2,400 tons per year through the generation of approximately 1,900,000 units of clean energy. Thus, accelerating its progress towards improving the company's collective environmental footprint.