Unicharm Australasia

Foundation Member

Unicharm Australasia Sustainability Actions

Promoting the recycling of disposable diapers

With the advent of a super-aged society, production of disposable incontinent adult diaper continues to increase and it accounts for around 1/8th of total household waste by volume. In addition, disposable diapers are made from paper pulp which uses wood as its raw material and rising pulp usage leads to the increased consumption of forest resources. We consider efforts to reduce waste incineration costs and CO2 emissions and make effective use of resources the “responsibility of disposable diaper manufacturers,” therefore we began efforts to recycle used disposable diapers in 2015 and are working on technology development and demonstration experiments. Initiatives aimed at promoting the recycling of disposable diapers include - Contributing to SDGs - Creating our own unique recycling system for used disposable diapers (Japan) - Verifying environmental effects and hygienic safety - Collaboration with self-governing bodies - Formulation of “Guidelines for the Reuse of Used Disposable Diapers” (Ministry of the Environment)

Reducing the amount of plastic use

The quantity of "plastic waste in the oceans" has been increasing steadily and, because this type of waste takes a long time to decompose, it is forecast that, by 2050, the combined weight of all the plastic waste in the sea will exceed the combined weight of all the fish living in the oceans. As a manufacturer that uses plastic in its packaging materials, Unicharm feels that it has a responsibility in this regard. With the aim of helping to address the global problem of plastic waste in the oceans, Unicharm supports the "Plastics Smart" campaign organized by the Ministry of the Environment which is being implemented in collaboration with organizations in many different sectors, and is working to reduce plastic usage at every stage of product development from R&D onwards. Initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of plastic use include - Contributing to SDGs - Adopting environmentally-friendly packaging (Japan)

Introducing renewable power

With the effects of climate change increasing year after year, Unicharm recognizes that reducing carbon dioxide is a priority. Therefore, to contribute to achieving the 2℃ scenario outlined in the Paris Agreement, in June 2018, we received certification for our CO2 reduction plans up to 2045 under the Science-Based Targets(SBT) initiative. In addition, in our “Kyo-sei Life Vision 2030” revealed in October 2020, we set the goal of “using 100% renewable electricity for all of our business operations by 2030.

Committing to eliminate modern slavery

Unicharm implements procurement activities with a focus on crisis management in addition to communication in supply chains throughout the world in response to dramatic changes in awareness and regulations relating to human rights and the environment. In addition, Unicharm conducts a supplier risk assessment when starting new business transactions overseas to determine in advance whether a potential supplier is an appropriate business partner.

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