Kleenex Baby Steps?
by Hope Blaythorne
Kleenex takes a step forward in its environmental efforts… Baby step
Kleenex one of the world’s largest producers of home paper products announced this morning that it will abide by the higher levels of the Forest Stewardship Council regarding the use of the fiber in the manufacture of its products.
Allen Hershkowitz, the paper expert at NRDC, has a lot to say about this half- arsed effort on his blog-
While the blog title also states, baby step, as Allen points out, the reason for this baby step “rating” is that the new policy is to ensure that 40% of its North American fiber is either recycled or certified by FSC and to use recycled content for 25% of its products company-wide. This does not guarantee that Kimberly- Clark will in fact increase recycled content in any of its at-home products, most of which do not currently contain any recycled content at all.
So kudo’s for the baby step, seems about time they took one- but do I smell some “Green washing” here? Many competing at-home tissue products, found on the same shelf as Cottonelle and Kleenex have already found pathways to success while incorporating high levels of recycled content, which alas has these competitors’ giant steps ahead of Kimberley Clark on the sustainability path.
FYI- most sustainable tissue products are the ones with the highest possible levels of post consumer recycled content. Recently Scott has taken steps with their Scott’s Naturals Line that offers a 40% recycled fiber in it’s at-home offering. While it is quite the scratchy endeavor, I am convinced these products can only improve.
Marcal takes it one step further with 100% premium recycled paper products that are hypoallergenic, virtually lint free, and whitened without chlorine bleaching.
Yes we are aware of Green Forest and Seventh Generation and other companies- but they started their product lifecycle with sustainability in mind, whereas Kimberly Clark, Marcal and Scott have had to adopt a “Green” approach, and re-engineer their product offering- much harder to accomplish.
For a list of paper products that utilize recycled content check out this link: