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Colgate-Palmolive launches the first-ever recyclable toothpaste tubes in India; aims to achieve 100% recyclability across its oral care portfolio

Colgate-Palmolive has launched the first-of-its-kind recyclable toothpaste tubes in India that will be available nationally starting this month, August 2021.
  • Colgate-Palmolive's recyclable toothpaste tubes to hit the shelves this month.
  • The brand also commits to a 100% recyclable oral care portfolio in India in the coming years.

Launching the initiative in partnership with EPL Limited (Formerly known as Essel Propack Limited), Colgate is manufacturing recyclable tubes for its Colgate Active Salt and Colgate Vedshakti toothpaste portfolio. Colgate Active Salt, combines salt with calcium and minerals to make teeth strong and gums healthy. Whereas the premium Ayurvedic toothpaste Colgate Vedshakti offers the goodness of a unique blend of powerful Ayurvedic ingredients. These toothpaste tubes launched nationally with recyclable packaging will contain the identifiable Recyclable logo to help its customers differentiate between the packaging effectively.

The new tube is soft, squeezable, and recyclable without compromising on key product attributes like taste, which consumers love and have enjoyed for decades. Colgate’s recyclable tubes are a stepping stone in its journey to achieve 100% recyclability across its oral care portfolio in India.

The brand has been a pioneer in bringing world-class sustainable innovations to not only improve oral care but also reduce the burden on our environment. Colgate-Palmolive India has been manufacturing recyclable cartons and boxes across its portfolio for over a decade and is taking its next step into recyclable packaging. This new initiative is a part of the company’s continued effort in its sustainability journey.

Colgate-Palmolive was the first in the world to introduce a recyclable toothpaste tube and is sharing its technology with the industry to support a shift to a greener and much-needed circular economy.

With the launch of recyclable tubes this year, Colgate-Palmolive intends to create a recyclable alternative to reuse the billions of toothpaste tubes that end up in landfills every year. These tubes can be used by the economy for recycling into various other packaging materials and bottles for further use, thus reducing the need for virgin plastic to be added to the environment.