Palmolive's Move to Focus on Environment, While Remaining Loyal to Ohioans

Jessica N. Abraham

The new product design drives awareness for recycling - Colgate-Palmolive

Since 1898, Palmolive has been a major staple in our kitchens and bathrooms. Our grandmothers would swear by their products and how well they got the job done. You would walk into the family home, greeted by the scent of bathing dishes, a plugged-up sink, and a dry towel that would have your name on it.

In 1988, the personal care giant would begin to create even greater significance for many of our fellow Ohioans. The company would decide to make a landmark move of its personal care division. They would set up shop in the local Cambridge area, and more than 300 full-time jobs would begin to enter the region.

Colgate-Palmolive would become one of Guernsey County’s most prolific employers. And to the community, itself, the company has always felt a strong moral obligation.

Considering just how many bottles of dish liquid one family goes through in a year, you can imagine the impact this division would deliver to its local workforce. Pay would be above average wage, and benefits considered “outstanding” by all those, who would measure.

Then, came a pandemic.

Suddenly, we found a new need for hand soaps and sanitizers. More people were at home, the world got a bit cleaner. Sales would soon surge, and the supply chain would be altered.

Products were always safe. But, the bottles -- that’s another.

In September, the company would invest $1.2M into the upgrade of the Cambridge facilities. They’d donate $343K to the community and show a newfound concern when dealing with the environment. New machinery was purchased, a few more jobs would soon be added.

The company would focus on eliminating plastic waste in an ongoing commitment to deliver on a promise. They’d be both tough on grease and gentle on the planet.

"This is a milestone in our ongoing journey to help millions of households adopt healthier, more sustainable habits in their daily routines, which ultimately lead to a bigger, global impact," states Kevin Jordan-Deen, General Manager of Home Care at Colgate-Palmolive North America. “At Colgate-Palmolive, we can and we will create a healthier, more sustainable future for all. We're proud that Palmolive has become the largest dish soap brand to move to bottles made with 100% recycled plastic.”

You would finish a bottle -- but, then, where would you throw it? Both literally and figuratively, Palmolive came up with a solution.

Along with a new 100% PCR bottle, Palmolive Ultra dish soap would be developed with 100% biodegradable cleaning ingredients -- which to be fair, is not too far off from their original formula.

According to Raepak, the global supplier of plastic packaging:

“PCR is recycled plastic made from discarded items such as plastic milk and drinks bottles. Post-consumer resin (PCR) is an environmentally sustainable solution for reusing single-use materials that would otherwise be disposed of in landfill sites.”

Responsibly made at the Colgate-Palmolive facility, Palmolive has recently achieved the “TRUE Zero Waste” certification from Green Business Certification Inc.™ (GBCI ®)3, and the new PCR Palmolive Ultra bottles will feature labels that highlight the brand's use of recycled plastic and a “How2Recycle®” logo, which clearly communicates the ways to recycle for the safe and proper disposal of plastic-based packaging.

Steadfast on superior product quality and design, Palmolive states that they will continue to provide 100% transparency in the use of ingredients while delivering solutions for zero plastic waste. They plan to eliminate one-third of its new plastics materials by 2025, gaining industry recognition from Fast Company's 2021 Most Innovative Companies List and Fortune's 2020 Change the World List for their commitment to the environment.

As for Ohio, Palmolive has no plans on leaving behind its workforce. In fact, their dedication to Ohio is what led to such change.

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