At Edgewell, we design for sustainability because it’s central to our philosophy of innovation and to the health of the planet. This means we address environmental considerations at the earliest stages of the product development process to minimize negative impacts throughout the product lifecycle.
At every stage of the process, we look to minimize waste generation by increasing utilization of high-recovery materials. We also employ “design for disassembly” principles to enhance recyclability and reuse materials wherever possible. Finally, we continually look for ways to reduce packaging size and increase usage of recyclable materials.
Life Cycle Thinking allows us to take into consideration the impact our products have—from cradle to grave—and identify opportunities to reduce our footprint. We apply this analytical tool to our product portfolio in order to evaluate how we can make all of our products more sustainable.
Socially conscious purchasing
At Edgewell, we engage with suppliers around the globe based on their ability to offer competitive pricing, world-class quality, responsive delivery, and innovation. We also prize sustainable development in an ecosystem of waste reduction and continuous improvement.
Our Codes of Conduct outline various social responsibility and environmental requirements as a condition of doing business with us. We expect our key suppliers to be involved in life-cycle analysis, sustainable product design, and packaging-material reduction. Additionally, many of these partners have robust sustainability programs driving their own sustainable development further upstream in the supply chain.
These efforts can be seen across our portfolio:
- Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boat replaced PVC with 100% recyclable PET bottles
- Our disposable razors use recycled materials in 30% of brands with implementation planned for 100%
- We introduced recyclable handles to some of our razor brands
- We redesigned our razor refill packaging to fit more product into a smaller space, reducing energy use for shipping.
Furthermore, we strive to ensure that the materials we source for our products are obtained from sustainable, earth-friendly resources. Palm Oil, for example, is a type of edible vegetable oil that is derived from the palm fruit and used in many personal care products, including some of our own.
Palm oil is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. The industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the palm oil plantations.
As a concerned steward of the environment, we at Edgewell are committed to combating deforestation activity associated with the sourcing and use of Palm Chemical ingredients. We have created a team of colleagues to track, monitor, and implement plans to source palm oil and palm derivatives from known and certified sustainable sources. This team will also collaborate with all of our suppliers to ensure support and cooperation in this initiative.
Using better materials more efficiently
At Edgewell, we’re committed to using materials more efficiently to reduce waste. Some examples include using more recycled fiber in tampons, reducing plastic in Diaper Genie pails by 66%, and developing longer-lasting razor blades.
We’ve reduced packaging across our portfolio, including maximizing shipping space efficiency for our Hawaiian Tropic sun-lotion and Playtex pacifier brands. We’ve also added recycled board in razor packaging and printed consumer inserts on recycled paper.
We’ve made significant efforts to limit our environmental impact by using more environmentally-friendly materials. This includes replacing rayon with cotton in our tampons and redesigning our infant care products without PVC. We utilize recycled polypropylene in the manufacture of our disposable razors, and we’re using organic inks on many of our packages.