More recycled & recyclable packaging

By 2025, Garnier will aim to use Zero Virgin Plastic in packaging, saving 37,000 tonnes of plastic every year[1].
By 2025 all packaging will also be either reusable, recyclable or compostable.
We are launching a wave of new products that underpin our Green Beauty commitments, starting with the first mass market patented cardboard-based packaging on the Garnier Organic Hemp Gel Cream.

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.

How does Garnier reduce plastic?

Going forward, we will be achieving eco-designed packaging across 4 pillars: using recycled materials, redesigning and innovating, reusing and recycling

     ·     Innovations
We are launching a wave of new products that underpin our Green Beauty commitments, starting with the first mass market patented cardboard-based packaging on the Garnier Organic Hemp Gel Cream, and there’s much more to come.

     ·     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 are working in close partnership with our packaging suppliers and plastic manufacturers, we are developing robust sources of supply for PCR, aiming to reach 100% by 2025. 

     ·     Payoff
           In 2019, our use of recycled plastic saved 3,670 tonnes of virgin plastic.
. Using recycled plastic will save 7,000 tons 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.

     ·     Community
           We are partnering with the NGO Plastics for Change to provide waste pickers with a stable income and access to social services in India. 

How do we recycle plastic?

Recyclable plastic is collected, cleaned and sorted by plastic type. It is then shredded, washed, melted and reformed into pellets, or granulate. This granulated plastic is used to make new packaging.

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?

Garnier commits to promoting reusable or refillable systems, piloting new partnerships and innovations. 

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 tonnes of virgin plastic per year. We are innovating our packaging so it will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. By then, all our products will 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 reduces the weight of its packaging through product innovation. This includes innovating towards new, plastic-free packaging and seeking new alternatives to replace single-use formats.
By reducing the weight of our plastic packaging, we saved more than 592 tonnes of virgin plastic in 2019. We will continue to lighten our plastic packaging, reaching 858 tonnes of plastic saved in 2020.


Garnier is committed to caring for our planet's natural environment. We recognise the value of recycling and the positive impact it has on reducing waste around the world. In response to the growing waste problem, we're first to partner with TerraCycle, a global leader in its field, to make sure recycling your beauty products is as easy as possible.

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