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P&G to reduce some package sizes

Cincinnati -- U.S. household products giant Procter & Gamble said Tuesday that consumers of its powdered laundry detergents would find smaller packages in stores next year.

The company said it would begin "compacting" its entire U.S. and Canadian portfolio of powder laundry detergents, which would mean packaging the same amount of cleaning capability in smaller packages.

The move increases shipping efficiency and will "help reduce waste, save energy or save water," the company said.

"Powder compaction is a win-win from operations all the way through consumer use," the firm's vice president of sustainability, Len Sauers, said.