More recycled & recyclable packaging
More recycled & recyclable packaging
In 2020, thanks to the use of recycled plastic we saved 9019 tons of virgin plastic. Starting February 2021, Ultimate Blends bottles are made of 100% recycled plastic in Europe and in the US. By 2025, Garnier aims for all packaging to be made from 100% recycled plastic, saving more than 40,000 tons of virgin plastic. Also by 2025, all Garnier plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable. We innovate by developing plasticless packaging like our solid shampoo or our tubes integrating cardboard, by lightening our packaging in redesigning them and fostering reuse and refill of our products.
What plastics can be recycled?
Most plastics that Garnier uses in our packaging today are PET (Polyethylene Terephtalate), PP (Polypropylene) and PE (Polyethylene). These materials can be recycled and reused several times and are the most commonly recycled plastic materials in the world. PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastics are recycled from plastic waste derived from consumer products. Garnier has committed to using 100% PCR plastics or bio-sourced plastics by 2025.
Garnier believes it’s our responsibility to raise awareness of what parts of our products can be recycled. We are developing videos and tutorials on different types of plastic and diverse recycling streams, as well as adding sorting instruction in our product pages and on packaging.
How does Garnier reduce plastic?
We have based our strategy going forward for achieving eco-designed packaging on 4 pillars: using recycled materials, redesigning and innovating, reusing and recycling.
New sustainable Innovations to empower consumers:
- Garnier Organic Hemp Multi-Restore Gel Cream: with new, patented cardboard-based tube.
- Garnier SkinActive reusable Eco-Pads: zero daily waste, washable up to 1,000 times.
- Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo Bars: zero plastic, 97% biodegradable formula and 100% recyclable packaging.
Working on our existing products:
Our goal is to lighten the plastic used in packaging and replace it with recyclable or recycled plastic instead of using virgin plastic. For this, we explore large, preferably local, sources for Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics and other sustainable materials. Working in close partnership with our packaging suppliers and plastic manufacturers, we are developing robust sources of supply for PCR, aiming to reach 100% within our packaging by 2025.
What we’ve achieved so far:
In 2019, our use of recycled plastic saved 3,670 tonnes of virgin plastic. By the end of 2020, all Ultimate Blends plastic bottles were made of100% recycled plastic in Europe and the US. Using recycled plastic saved ,9019 tonnes of virgin plastic overall in 2020. By 2025 all of our products will be made with zero virgin plastic, and all of our packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable, saving 37,000 tonnes of virgin plastic per year.
Our work with the community:
Plastic pollution has a global social impact as well as environmental. As well as reducing the plastic within our products and innovating plastic-free solutions, we’ve partnered with Plastics for Change to support them in their work to recycled many tonnes of plastic and to support waste picking communities in India with a stable income and access to welfare services. We’re also working locally in the UK to help consumers to recycle more, through initiatives such as our Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme with Terracycle.
How do we recycle plastic?
The L'Oréal Group created a consortium with CARBIOS to develop biotechnology in recycling.* Garnier will leverage the outcome of this process when designing new packaging, helping to promote a circular economy.
*CARBIOS has developed an enzymatic bio-recycling process for plastics that breaks polymers down to the basic components (monomers) originally used to create them. Once separated and purified, the monomers can be used again to create plastic with a similar performance to virgin plastic, without losing any value through the recycling process.
How to reuse the packaging?
What is virgin plastic?
Virgin plastic is newly manufactured plastic that has never been used in a product or processed before. Recycling plants take virgin plastic thrown away by consumers and use it as their raw material.
Garnier aims to save 37,000 tons of virgin plastic per year. We are reinventing our packaging so it will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. By then, we aim for all our products to be made with zero virgin plastic, using instead 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics or bio-sourced plastics.
How Does Garnier Reduce The Weight Of Their Packaging?
Garnier is reducing the weight and size of packaging by redesigning caps and plastic bottles, reducing the size of sachets and removing liners from sachets. We are also innovating towards new, plastic-free packaging and seeking alternatives to replace single-use formats.
By reducing the weight of our plastic packaging, we saved more than 592 tons of virgin plastic in 2019 – that’s equivalent to the weight of 46 double decker busses! As we continue to lighten our plastic packaging, we’ve reached 486 tonnes of plastic saved in 2020.