REDUCING WASTE

Reducing waste

A STORY OF RESPECT FOR THE PLANET

In today's world, any responsible company has a duty to do all it can to reduce waste and prevent pollution. The future of our planet depends on our actions today! At L'OCCITANE, we've been focusing on ways to reduce, recycle and react for many years, but there's still more we can do. And we're working on it!

SOME ALARMING FACTS

By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

50% of the plastic the world uses is used just once, then thrown away.

Over the last 10 years, humans  have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.

OUR MISSION

3 x 100% by 2025! 100% of our bottles will be made from 100% recycled plastic, and 100% of our owned boutiques will offer a recycling service.

Step 1

Our global use of materials and improve products’ lifespan by promoting multiple usage of a single packaging to our consumers, using eco-refills or refill-stations, for example.

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Step 2

Every material that we use, either by giving it a second life or making sure that its waste can become a resource. To do this, we first make sure that our packs are themselves recycled and recyclable thanks to visionary partners such as TerraCycle®.

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Step 3

By supporting partners such as Surfers Against Sewage, Clean Coasts, Plastic Odyssey, and multi-brands’ initiatives that encourage the responsible and sustainable use of plastic like SPICE (the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics), involving both our staff and our consumers with us.

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REDUCE

ECO-REFILLS: AN ECO-EASY WAY TO CUT DOWN ON PLASTIC!

Many of our products are available in eco-refills, which use 65% to 90% less plastic than a regular bottle. In 2017, our overall use of plastic was reduced by 7% thanks to customers opting for these eco-friendly solutions. So, when there's a choice, go for this eco-option! And you'll be glad to know that we plan to sell even more eco-refills in the future!
 
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RECYCLE

A pioneering (and very green!) company, TerraCycle® is the world leader in the collection and recycling of post-consumer waste that's usually considered non-recyclable. It teams up with companies who want to find ways to recycle or upcycle their waste. TerraCycle® can recycle plastic cups, toothbrushes, pens, batteries, art supplies, cigarette waste... It's an incredible list – that's incredibly long! Through partnerships with brands like L'OCCITANE, it takes used packaging and turns it into raw materials that can be used to make new items. 

Now, more than ever, we must aim for sustainable solutions, a cleaner environment and a more circular economy. TerraCycle® is helping to make this possible. 

 
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PLASTIC FREE MAILING BOX FOR A GREENER DELIVERY SERVICE

Our plastic-free mailing box is made from FSC-certified recycled cardboard and is 100% recyclable. The box is printed with water-based inks, which are more environmentally friendly. Our filling process has also been optimised to minimise empty spaces.

You can choose to spend an extra £2 as a brilliant alternative to the usual gift box. Made from 100% recycled cotton and measuring H 28cm x W 26cm, the sustainable gift bag can contain up to 3 full sized products. Select 'send as a gift' and select the cotton gift bag option before entering your personalised message.

REACT

OUR AROMACHOLOGIE RANGE: 100% recycled packaging for the past 10 years!

Do you know why the bottles in the Aromachologie range have a green colour? It's because they're designed to be green! In the world of cosmetics, clear plastics are usually preferred, but we chose to use coloured bottles for this range, so we could make them from 100% recycled PET.
By 2025, we want to be using rPET in all our bottles, and we're working with Loop Industries to make this happen!

 
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LOOP: TRULY TRANSFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY!

L'OCCITANE recently signed a multi-year contract with Loop Industries, which uses a revolutionary process to transform waste plastic into high-purity, food-grade PET plastic. Thanks to this groundbreaking technology, we should be able to achieve our goal of using 100% recycled plastic in our bottles by 2025!
 
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WHAT'S NEXT?

ECO-DESIGN: RETHINKING OUR PACKAGING

We aim to reduce the quantity of material used and increase our packagings’ lifespan while making sure that they are recycled and recyclable as much as possible.

Our goal is to achieve 100% recycled plastic for our bottles and 100% recyclable plastic for all our packaging, by 2025.