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Unilever to unveil 'Sustainable Living Plan'

Sustainable Living Plan to address greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and waste.

Anglo-Dutch consumer products company Unilever will reveal an over-arching new sustainability plan on Monday that will aim at doubling sales and bringing down the environmental impact of its goods by half over the next decade, reports the Guardian.

The Sustainable Living Plan - to be launched jointly in London, Amsterdam, New Delhi and New York - will address several environmental issues, including the company's greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste, in addition to the overall impact caused by the company's suppliers and consumers of Unilever brands such as Dove, Bertolli, Flora and PG Tips.

"More than two thirds of greenhouse emissions and half the water in Unilever products' lifecycle come from consumer use, so this is a commitment on an unprecedented scale," said the company in a statement.

Unilever will also work at enhancing the nutritional quality of its food products by reducing their salt, sugar, saturated fat and the calorie value. The company will also add 500,000 smallholder farmers and small scale distributors to its supply chain in developing countries.

"This is a unique opportunity to step up to the plate and change the reputation of business," said Unilever chief executive Paul Polman, commenting on the sustainability plan.