#SustyTalk: Unilever’s Ian Howell on shifting to fossil-free cleaning and laundry

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Unilever Home Care's R&D Director Ian Howell, who outlines what it'll take for the company to remove fossil-based carbon from its products by 2030 and dramatically reduce their climate impact.

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With edie readers working remotely or on furlough, this brand new series of video interviews keeps you connected to the inspirational business leaders who are continuing to drive sustainability and champion climate action from their own homes.

#SustyTalk is all about keeping edie’s loyal readers connected to sustainable business leaders across the world, whilst reminding us all that sustainability and climate action must go on through the current Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. 

The latest episode sees edie’s senior reporter Sarah George speaking with Unilever Home Care’s R&D Director Ian Howell for a deeper dive into the company’s ‘Clean Future’ strategy – its plan to replace 100% of the carbon derived from fossil fuels in its cleaning and laundry products with captured, natural and recycled carbon within a decade. Once this move is complete, the carbon footprint of the product portfolio will decrease by one-fifth. 

Howell provides insight as to why the consumer goods industry uses fossil-based materials in the first place and the changes that will need to be made across the business, wider sector and policy sphere to support the phase-out. 

Click here to see our catalogue of #SustyTalk video interviews.

Want to be featured on a future episode of #SustyTalk? Email newsdesk@fav-house.com.  

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