We’re committed to becoming the most sustainable business we can be, and we’re always striving to reduce our impact on the planet. It makes sense that we constantly review our product packaging and working to long-term sustainability goals. This is how we’re working to develop zero waste packaging.
We’re a B Corp™, and that means the world to us. We’re one of 3,000 businesses worldwide to have the highest social and environmental standards for people and the planet, and we take that very seriously. Our focus is on using fewer plastic materials where possible; using more plant-based and recycled plastic (rather than oil-based plastics) and helping people around the world to reuse, repurpose and recycle. In 2019, we reintroduced our pioneering refill scheme, a recycling programme and removed 21 tonnes of plastic from our Christmas gifts. From reducing, refilling and recycling, we’re changing the way we think about plastic.
HOW WE’RE STRIVING TO DEVELOP ZERO WASTE PACKAGING
Currently, more than 68% of our packaging can technically be recycled. By 2025, all our bath and body and haircare products will be fully recyclable. As part of our packaging strategy, we’ve undertaken a comprehensive review of our whole product portfolio, and we’re exploring how we can increase this percentage in the future.
Today, our PET plastic product packaging contains on average 25% recycled material. By 2022, we aim to increase the amount of recycled plastic material to 75%. Our longer-term aim is to develop a circular model for our packaging, which means reusing or repurposing 100% of our product packaging.
Although recycling is extremely important, we’re also embracing a circular economy approach to eliminate some of the waste from our products, rather than recycling it. In 2019, we relaunched our pioneering product refill scheme in two new concept stores. Here you can buy a refillable 250ml aluminium bottle and fill it with a choice of eight shower gels, and bring it back to refill once it’s empty. We’re working hard to bring refills to more stores soon, as well as introducing refillable shampoos, conditioners and hand wash. Watch this space!
In 2019 we launched our Community Fair Trade recycled plastic programme. We source plastic from marginalised waste pickers in India, offering a fair price, steady income and better working conditions in an informal sector that’s often volatile and discriminatory. In our first year we purchased 250 tonnes of Community Fair Trade recycled plastic, which we’ve used in shampoo and conditioner bottles. By the end of 2021, we aim to purchase over 900 tonnes of Community Fair Trade recycled plastic.
THE FUTURE OF OUR PACKAGING
We want to focus on the long-term, and make changes that will last – like tackling the global plastics crisis and developing sustainable packaging options. We have a long way to go, but we’re always looking to the future with two clear goals:
1- All product packaging will be compostable, refillable or returnable for repurposing.
2- All refillable or returnable product packaging will be made from renewable and recycled input materials.
To achieve these goals, we’ll design product packaging under four sustainable packaging categories: