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Add to Subtract: How Kimberly-Clark Is Boosting Sustainability With a Simple Addition to Product Packaging

Published 04-23-20

Submitted by Kimberly-Clark Corporation

The sustainability teams at Kimberly-Clark know that small innovations to reduce waste can add up when it comes to protecting the environment.

Kimberly-Clark’s Tuas manufacturing plant in Singapore is reducing packaging waste through their Edge Board Projector project, which improves packaging strength by adding a small cardboard edge to boxes. Prior to this initiative, Kimberly-Clark’s packaging material had to be thick to withstand the stacking, distribution and delivery of the company’s products. With the addition of the well-designed add-on, the team is now able to use thinner cardboard packaging material.

This simple change has reduced the thickness of the packaging material for Kimberly-Clark’s baby wipes by nearly 10%. This reduction helps the mill save approximately 500 tonnes of paper material per year. In addition, this effort has increased container loading capacity by 30% and will help lower the mill’s carbon footprint by 9,000 metric tonnes per year.

The improvements to the packaging efficiency and its redesign were done to help contribute to Kimberly-Clark’s sustainability goals, including a 40% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2022.

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Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people--nearly a quarter of the world's population--trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 134-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.

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