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 displaying sorting instructions progressively on our packaging and product web pages.
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.
In 2020 we will be launching BB Cream in a brand new packaging made with cardboard, and will be deployed on other products this year. This packaging contains 49% less plastic than previous BB tube. The box is also 100% recyclable.
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 need a large, preferably local, source 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% by 2025.
In 2020, our use of recycled plastic saved 9019 tons of virgin plastic. By 2025 Garnier aims for all packaging to be made with 0 virgin plastic, and all our plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable, saving more than 40 000 tons of virgin plastic.
We are partnering with the NGO Plastics for Change and will recycle tons of plastic and provide waste pickers with a stable income and access to social services in India. We also feel it’s our responsibility to encourage our consumers to recycle. In this way, we will reduce the leakage of plastic into the environment.
How is plastic recycled?
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 models. We partnered with LoopTM (in the UK) to build innovative circular shopping platforms that replace single-use disposable packaging with long-term reusable 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 more than 40,000 tons of virgin plastic per year. We are reinventing 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 commits to reduce 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 new alternatives to replace single-use formats.
By lightweighting our plastic packaging, we saved more than 486 tons of virgin plastic in 2020.
What actions will Garnier set to protect the ocean?
To make a positive impact beyond the beauty industry, we have forged a partnership with Ocean Conservancy, an NGO working to turn the tide on ocean plastic for more than 30 years. Together, we will raise awareness of the importance of cleaning oceans and beaches, and encourage our employees and consumers to participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest single day volunteer effort to fight ocean plastic.
We are also partnering with the NGO Plastics for Change to help provide a community of waste pickers in India with a fair rate for discarded plastic, improve working conditions and promote recycling.
What is plastic pollution?
Plastic pollution has become a pressing challenge in the past few decades. Today more than 350 million tons of all plastic are produced annually, and only 20% of plastic waste is recycled worldwide. The rest becomes waste, polluting our environment. Today, over 75% of all plastic produced in the world has become waste. Plastic pollution harms wildlife and natural ecosystems and contributes to climate change.
How much plastic is in the ocean?
Up to 12 million tons of plastic leak into the ocean each year. By 2050, scientists predict that plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean. The world is discarding the equivalent of 1 garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute. (Source : UN Environment Programme https://environmentlive.unep.org/marinepollution).
How does plastic get into the ocean?
Plastic pollution in our oceans is largely caused when people don’t have the opportunity to dispose of their waste responsibly. Instead, their plastic waste often enters local rivers, eventually flowing into the ocean. At the heart of the problem, the majority of plastic pollution is currently due to business models supporting single-use packaging; waste mismanagement leaking plastic into the environment; and a supply chain currently producing five times more virgin plastic than recycled plastic.
What are the effects of plastic in the ocean?
More than 800 species of marine animals are affected by plastic pollution, either through ingestion, entanglement or chemical contamination. It is the cause of death of millions of seabirds and marine mammals, some marine species being on the verge of extinction because of plastic ocean pollution. Consumption of plastic by marine creatures causes health issues that spread up the food chain to larger marine animals and finally to the humans who eat them. Plastic in the seas also pollutes the oceanic waters, lowering the oxygen levels and affecting the survival of marine animals including whales, dolphins and penguins. Birds and land animals get caught in the choke-hold of plastic on beaches. It poses a threat to the functioning of marine ecosystems, and micro-plastic particles floating in the ocean are toxic for all living beings.