It’s Tuesday, September 8, and Unilever is dropping fossil fuels from its cleaning products.

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Your detergent is about to become so much cleaner. Unilever — the global conglomerate that owns cleaning, beauty, and food brands, such as Surf, Dove, and Breyer’s — recently announced that it plans to eliminate fossil fuels from its cleaning products by 2030.

In place of the fossil fuel ingredients it currently uses, Unilever will switch over to renewable and recycled carbon sources, like plants, algae, plastic waste, and CO2 captured from industrial emissions. In doing so, the company predicts that it will lower the carbon footprint of its cleaning products by up to 20 percent.

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The move is part of the corporation’s “Clean Future” initiative, which aims to bring Unilever’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2039. The company plans to halve its use of new plastic in packaging by 2025 and also wants all its product formulations to be biodegradable by 2030. Unilever, which is based in the U.K. and the Netherlands, is investing more than $1 billion in research and development to help it reach these goals.

“As an industry, we must break our dependence on fossil fuels, including as a raw material for our products,” said Peter ter Kulve, Unilever’s president of home care, in a statement. “We must stop pumping carbon from under the ground when there is ample carbon on and above the ground if we can learn to utilize it at scale.”

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