Helping Combat
Waste with
Compostable Products

Kimberly-Clark Professional* is helping divert waste from landfills with paper towels that can easily be composted in municipal or industrial facilities.

In the United States, the third largest source of methane emissions comes from landfills. Since food is the single largest component of disposed municipal solid waste, many people have started composting their food waste.

However, food isn’t the only thing that can be diverted from our solid waste systems. So can paper—like the paper products used to clean up food spills. To support our zero-waste initiative—and do our part to curb emissions and combat climate change—Kimberly-Clark Professional* supports composting at work.

We make it easier for people to compost their food waste, as our paper products can be aerobically composted in municipal or industrial facilities and diverted from landfills within the same compost stream. We tested our concept, composting thousands of pounds of Kleenex and Scott brand towels from our Georgia headquarters. The tests met the rigorous requirements of the U.S. Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance Program, indicating that our paper products were suitable for use in soils.

To share our knowledge around composting, we teamed up with the Keep America Beautiful Recycling@Work initiative to support workplace efforts to reduce waste and improve recycling. One of the results of this partnership is A Guide To Workplace Composting, outlining six easy steps so everyone can be part of this best practice.

“The less we take from our planet and the more we give back, the better off we all will be”, said Ben Jarrett, Marketing Consultant at Kimberly-Clark Professional*. “Through composting, our towels can help our customers achieve their landfill diversion goals while also keeping their employees clean and healthy at work. Creating economic and environmental value for us and them.”

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Recycling
Product Dispensers

Kimberly-Clark Professional team in Brazil recovered 84,000 dispensers for recycling.

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Informing
Consumers

We’re continuously innovating to design products and packaging that are environmentally-preferred, efficient to to produce and that bring secondary value after use.

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A MINDSET OF
VALUE CREATION

We spoke with John Opsteen Kimberly-Clark's Secondary Materials Program Leader, about the innovations that are keeping waste out of landfills.

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