Kimberly-Clark Professional launches plastic-free core plugs for hand towels

Kimberly-Clark Professional is the first manufacturer to introduce 100 per cent bio-based and recyclable core plugs in its Scott and Kleenex hand towel ranges across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

The plastic-free core plugs are made primarily from starch and fibre, replacing plastic core plugs currently in use. It is estimated to reduce plastic by over 30 tons every year - the equivalent weight of 1.5 million plastic bottles.

As with all of Kimberly-Clark Professional’s washroom and wiper products and services, this product innovation is designed to help cleaning professionals improve efficiency and recycling rates while simplifying the waste management process.

When replacing the hand towel roll, cleaning professionals typically separate the card-based hand towel roll from the plastic core plug for their different disposal or recycling streams. With this new plastic-free core plug, there is no need for cleaning professionals to spend time separating the waste into paper and plastic, as the towel roll and plug can be disposed of together in paper recycling streams.

Olena Neznal, Vice President for Kimberly-Clark Professional in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa said, “I am proud that we are designing innovative products with circularity in mind and taking this step to eliminate unnecessary plastic in our hand towel range with this game-changing solution. In doing so, we are reducing plastic waste, helping our customers improve their recycling rates, and saving cleaning professionals’ time.”

Kimberly-Clark Professional is launching this product innovation in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and will evaluate expansion into other markets as part of the company’s global 2030 sustainability goals.

Kimberly-Clark set a goal to reduce its plastic footprint by 50 per cent by 2030 by using less virgin, fossil-fuel-based plastic and more recycled, renewable, or degradable materials while finding ways to support the transition to a circular economy. This contributes to the company’s global ambition to improve the lives of 1 billion people in underserved communities around the globe by 2030 with the smallest environmental footprint.

More News
21 hours ago
Pulsant appoints new Chief Commercial Officer
UK-based digital edge infrastructure provider Pulsant has made a move to power its growth strategy with the appointment of Mark Turner as its new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).
22 hours ago
Glasgow named city with UK’s biggest broadband speed gap
Glasgow is the UK’s most unequal city for broadband connections, with its fastest area 866 times the speed of its slowest, according to analysis of 16,500 consumer speed tests by, the comparison and switching service.
23 hours ago
CompTIA finds UK tech sector is optimistic for the year ahead
UK tech firms are optimistic about the health of the industry going forward despite the current and predicted long-term economic turmoil, a new report from CompTIA has found.
1 day ago
InVision joins G-Cloud to benefit public sector contact centres
InVision Software has announced that its cloud-based injixo workforce management (WFM) solution has been accepted onto the G-Cloud 13 framework. Accelerating its adoption by UK public sector organisations, such as local authorities, injixo is now available via the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace.
1 day ago
Benefits of employing multi-layer security solutions
In 2022, implementing and managing security solutions for buildings of any scale can be a complex process. Tommy Geddes, Commercial Director for George Boyd discusses the importance of layered physical security in the modern world.
1 day ago
ARuVR awarded Crown G-Cloud 13 approved supplier status
ARuVR, an Extended Reality (XR) training platform, has announced that it is the first Augmented and Virtual Reality business to achieve approved supplier status on both the Crown G-Cloud 13 and the government's Crown Commercial Service (CCS) digital outcomes and specialists framework.
2 days ago
Dynabook expands Satellite Pro C-series range with two new devices
Dynabook Europe has announced the expansion of its Satellite Pro C-Series with the arrival of the 14-inch Satellite Pro C40-K and 15.6-inch Satellite Pro C50-K.
3 days ago
Pulsant identifies six predictions for the year ahead
Looking ahead to 2023, UK digital edge infrastructure provider, Pulsant, has identified its six predictions for the changing world of infrastructure.
3 days ago
Canon Europe names new Executive Vice President Digital Printing & Solutions
Canon Europe has announced that Hiro Imamura, Vice President Marketing & Innovation EMEA, Digital Printing & Solutions (DP&S), has been promoted to Executive Vice President DP&S, Canon EMEA.
3 days ago
Are waste companies really committed to waste reduction?
With the looming recession taking its toll on businesses, sustainable waste management experts, Envirovue, highlights the importance of long-term waste reduction, and the malpractice of large-scale waste management companies and reveals how the waste management sector represents an essential component in revitalising the economy.

Login / Sign up