When it comes to tackling global warming, we all have a role to play. So as well as working towards Reckitt’s own sustainability goals, we’re showing consumers how they too can make a difference.

Taking Action Together

Climate change is too vast a problem for businesses, or even governments to solve by themselves. That’s why we’re working to inspire and empower people across the globe to make more sustainable choices. Collectively, even small changes can have a massive impact.


At our COP26 stand, we’re inviting people to commit to small, everyday changes that save energy, reduce waste and promote biodiversity. For every change each visitor promises to make, Reckitt will make a donation to the World Wildlife Fund to restore 10 square feet of British wildflower habitat.


1. Cold water handwashing

In the UK alone, annual carbon emissions from people washing their hands in warm
water are roughly equivalent to those of a car driving 3.3 billion miles. However,
scientists tell us that washing your hands with soap and cold water is just as effective
at removing germs as soap and warm water.

2. Skip the rinse

If we keep using water at the same rate, the world will face a 40% shortfall by 2030. Finish insights show that we can each save 6,800 litres of water every year by using a dishwasher, and an extra 1,000 litres by not pre-rinsing.

3. Washing laundry at 30°C or less

Our products, like Vanish, Calgon and Botanical Origin work perfectly at lower temperatures, so you can still get your clothes sparkling while using 40% less energy.

4. Wearing clothes for longer

Every year in the UK, about 250,000 tonnes of clothes, with a value of about £140 million, go to landfill. Vanish and the British Fashion Council are inspiring people to reuse, recycle and buy second hand clothes to cut the industry’s carbon footprint.

5. Plant wildflowers in outdoor spaces

Plants remove 25% of human-made carbon emissions globally, providing cleaner air for us to breathe. Air Wick and WWF are restoring billions of square feet of precious wildflower habitats to help reverse the decline of biodiversity around the world.