the General Manager of
Procter & Gamble Europe
47 route de St. Georges
1213 Petit Lancy
13. of March 2001
The use of detergents accounts
for a great deal of the negative environmental impact
related to the households, since they often contain
chemicals that are environmentally problematic. One
example is the chemical Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
(LAS), that has negative effects on soil and water.
Since the use of environmentally
damaging chemicals like LAS is restricted eco-labelled
detergents, AEC Association
of European Consumers see eco-labelled
detergents as an important tool in reducing the environmental
problems related to the use of detergents. AEC also
finds it important, that multinational companies like
Procter & Gamble show their commitment to eco-labelling.
The introduction of eco-labelled
detergents has given the consumers an opportunity to
make an environmentally friendly choice. The dominant
position of eco-labelled detergents on the Swedish market
and the rapidly increasing sale of eco-labelled detergents
on the Danish market show, that many consumers are willing
to pay a little more for their detergents if it benefits
With this background AEC
is pleased, that Procter & Gamble has a production of
eco-labelled Ariel without LAS. Also AEC is pleased,
that Procter & Gamble has decided to stop using LAS
in the products sold on the Danish market.
As a consumer organisation
AEC see it as a natural thing, if Procter & Gamble extended
the progressive environmental initiatives - taken in
Sweden and Denmark - to the rest of the European countries.
Procter & Gamble has made
good decisions regarding Sweden and Denmark, but in
a meeting in June 2000, arranged by the Danish Consumer
Council June 2000, Claude Papas, Vice President Procter
& Gamble Nordic, stated that Procter & Gamble aims at
stop selling eco-labelled products in Sweden. Furthermore
in Iceland Procter & Gamble sells the product Yes Tab-in-Tab
with the Nordic eco-label, but the eco-label is hidden
under at blank label.
In the light of the above
AEC is concerned about Procter & Gambles commitment
to eco-labelled detergents. AEC would appreciate if
Procter & Gamble would clarify their exact position
on eco-labelling in the European countries.
AEC would like to know:
We are looking forward to hearing from you
- if Procter & Gamble
has any future plans on introducing eco-labelled detergents
in the European countries?
- in which European countries
Procter & Gamble sell products containing LAS?
- if Procter & Gamble
has any plans on stop using LAS in all the European
President of AEC – Association of European Consumers
C/O Swedish Consumer Coalition
Box 88, S-577 22 Hultsfred
Head office in Brussels:
Rue du Commerce 70-72