Water is an essential part of both the production and use of many Procter & Gamble products and we strive to use it responsibly. Saving water and water conservation aren’t just buzzwords, they’re guiding principles that guide our focus.
Over the past two decades, P&G’s R&D, engineering, and manufacturing teams have partnered to develop innovative ways to reduce and recycle water in our plants. Currently, we have reduced our fresh water usage by more than 27% per unit of production vs. our 2010 baseline, exceeding our 2020 goal of 20% several years ahead of schedule.
Saving Water with Cascade
When getting your dishes clean in your dishwasher, you may not be thinking about the environment, but we are. Cascade is continually looking for ways to make your experience better AND to ensure that it’s environmentally friendly. We are constantly re-formulating our ActionPacs™ to ensure you get the cleaning power you want. We also know that when your dish cleaning process is efficient, it not only saves energy, but can also save you money.
Dishwashing vs. Handwashing
Cascade Platinum ActionPacs™ clean 24-hour stuck-on food so well, they enable consumers to skip the pre-wash. This can save up to 15 gallons of water per dishwasher load. And, when multiplied by all dishwasher users that pre-wash, this can save up to 150 billion gallons of water each year!
When you wash a load of dishes in your dishwasher, always make sure the racks are filled. You’ll get the best performance from the detergent and cleaning agents, and equally important, it’s more energy efficient to run one fully loaded dishwasher than running it twice when only half full. Dishwashing saves water compared to handwashing.
Energy Efficient Dishwashers
Dishwasher technology has improved dramatically over the last decade. ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers use advanced technology to get dishes clean while using less water and energy. According to energystar.gov, a dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle. A new, ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher will save water–on average, 3,870 gallons over its lifetime. These newer dishwashers also use less energy than conventional models, helping users save on their utility bill.1
Per the web site, energystar.gov, new ENERGY STAR certified models include several innovations that reduce energy and water consumption and improve performance.
- Soil sensors test how dirty dishes are throughout the wash and adjust the cycle to achieve optimum cleaning while conserving water and minimizing energy use.
- Improved water filtration systems remove food soils from the wash water allowing efficient use of detergent and water throughout the cycle.
- More efficient jets use less energy to spray detergent and water over the dishes when cleaning.
- Innovative dish rack designs maximize cleaning by strategically situating the dishes.2
Cascade is committed to saving water and water conservation. Saving water is simply the act of using less water. Water conservation is the practice of using water efficiently to reduce unnecessary water usage. By diverting less water from our rivers, bays, and estuaries, our water-saving techniques help conserve our nation’s water supplies, keeping the environment healthy for future generations.
- "Efficient Dishwashers." ENERGY STAR. Accessed April 09, 2018. https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/dishwashers.