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How City of Sydney residents can help “clean up” Australia when you shop at Coles this month

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How City of Sydney residents can help “clean up” Australia when you shop at Coles this month

Wednesday 3 May 2023

 Unilever Australia, maker of household staples including Omo, Rexona, TRESemmé, Dove and Streets ice creams, has partnered with Coles and Clean Up Australia to supply free Clean Up Kits to schools and communities across the country.

Between the 3rd and 30th of May, whenever shoppers from City of Sydney buy one of Unilever’s participating products at Coles supermarkets or online, 10 cents from each purchase will go to Clean Up Australia*. The participating products – including Omo, Rexona, Dove, Vaseline, Hellmann’s, and Magnum ice-cream pints – have two or more of the following characteristics:

  • Packaging contains more than 50% recycled plastic, or 30% recycled glass.
  • Packaging is recyclable.
  • Made in Australia with 100% renewable electricity.
  • Made with sustainably sourced ingredients.

Unilever Australia and New Zealand, Head of Country, Nick Bangs said, “From our iconic beaches, rich farmland and our native flora and fauna, Australia really does have it all. But we also have a serious waste problem, and climate change is causing devastating destruction to our environment and communities across the nation.

“We’re taking actions across our business to reduce our environmental impact – from redesigning packaging with recycled plastic to reducing our emissions by powering our factories with 100% renewable electricity. But we can’t do it alone and to tangibly improve the health of our country, we need all Australians, including the City of Sydney community, to join us. We’re proud to be partnering with Coles and Clean Up Australia to help inspire and empower Australians to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.”

This is the fourth consecutive year the initiative has run and with the help of Australians, $276,000 has been donated to Clean Up Australia. The donation has been used to supply free Clean Up Kits and resources to schools, youth groups and communities across Australia.

Clean Up Australia’s CEO, Jenny Geddes said:

“At Clean Up Australia we often talk about the small steps individuals can take to improve the environment and here it’s a matter of small 10 cent donations adding up to something big and impactful. Last year Cole’s shoppers raised $100,000 through this campaign and it would be so wonderful to see that amount increase this year. This donation is critical to the work we do, as it enables Australians everywhere to get out and take positive, practical action to improve the environment any day of the year.”

Coles General Manager of Sustainability Brooke Donnelly said the retailer was proud to support the campaign for a fourth year in a row.

“We are pleased to again partner with Unilever and offer our customers a way to support the not-for-profit Clean Up Australia,” said Brooke.

“By simply purchasing one of these participating products in store or online, you will help provide thousands of Clean Up kits to members of the community who share our passion to protect the planet for future generations,” said Brooke.

This initiative is just one of many Unilever Australia is driving under its sustainability strategy. In 2022, Unilever Australia and New Zealand became a Certified B Corporation, joining more than 6,000 organisations worldwide that have been externally validated for high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. To read more about the actions Unilever is taking to become a Certified B Corporation, see here.

*For every purchase of participating products at Coles between 3 May and 30 May 2023, Unilever will donate 10 cents to Clean Up Australia. Purchases can be made across Coles and Coles Online. Coles Express purchases are not included. Participating products have two or more of the following characteristics: made with 50-100% recycled plastic, recyclable, made with sustainably sourced ingredients, made with renewable electricity. Products excluded: Omo Capsules, Omo Powders, Magnum Dairy Free Tubs. For the full list of participating products and more information about their specific characteristics, visit:


About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Wellbeing, Personal Care, Home Care, Nutrition and Ice Cream products, with sales in over 190 countries and products used by 3.4 billion people every day. We have 148,000 employees and generated sales of €60.1 billion in 2022.

Unilever Australia and New Zealand is a Certified B Corporation – part of a global movement of businesses that aim to lead systems change to support an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economy for all. We employ over 900 people and have offices and manufacturing facilities spread across the Sydney CBD, North Rocks, Tatura, Minto and Auckland. Our key brands in Australia and New Zealand include Dove, Rexona, Lynx, Vaseline, OMO/Persil, Surf, TRESemmé, Toni & Guy, Continental, Ben & Jerry’s and Streets.

Our vision is to be the global leader in sustainable business and to demonstrate how our purpose-led, future-fit business model drives superior performance. We have a long tradition of being a progressive, responsible business.

The Unilever Compass, our sustainable business strategy, is set out to help us deliver superior performance and drive sustainable and responsible growth, while:

  • improving the health of the planet;
  • improving people’s health, confidence and wellbeing;
  • and contributing to a fairer and more socially inclusive world.

For more information about Unilever and our brands, please visit

About Clean Up Australia

Over the last three decades Clean Up Australia Day has grown into the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, with over 21 million Aussies joining in the charity’s activities over the years. Now one of the country’s most recognised and trusted environmental organisations, Clean Up Australia focuses as much on preventing rubbish entering our environment as it does on removing what has already accumulated and advocates for solutions that move us towards a circular economy.


About Coles

Coles is an omnichannel retailer selling products including fresh food, groceries and liquor through its supermarkets, liquor stores and eCommerce platforms. We employ more than 120,000 team members, engage with more than 8,000 suppliers, have more than 430,000 direct shareholders and we welcome millions of customers through our extensive store network and eCommerce platforms every week.

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