The SPICE initiative unveils environmental taskforce for reuse solutions

The SPICE initiative unveils environmental taskforce for reuse solutions

9th January 2024

The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics – SPICE – announces the launch of a new taskforce for identifying relevant reuse solutions in response to the evolving landscape of the sector, after five successful years of industry collaboration to tackle the environmental challenges of cosmetics and personal care packaging.

The SPICE initiative, co-founded by L’Oréal and Quantis in 2018 and now composed of 36 industry players, is thrilled to unveil a dedicated taskforce geared towards advancing packaging reuse solutions.

To help shift reuse into the mainstream, SPICE recognizes the imperative to promote and accelerate meaningful reuse solutions at scale, as a critical component in aligning the beauty industry with planetary boundaries. By championing Ecodesign principles and building on the 3 R’s—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—SPICE strives to optimize packaging solutions and continue foster a circular economy mindset.

The taskforce’s ultimate goal? To build a common methodology and tool for assessing the environmental impact of any packaging reuse models, including return, refill, at-home, and in-store options, and integrate these valuable insights into a comprehensive framework. The taskforce will draw on SPICE members’ – such as L’Oréal, LVMH or Unilever Prestige – extensive experience in reuse. Notably, each participant of the taskforce will share Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and insights to support the initiative and L’Oréal will make available its internal advanced and comprehensive reuse assessment tool. This sharing will thus accelerate the SPICE work on reuse, allowing robust and scientific comparison for sound decision on reuse packaging models for the cosmetics industry.

SPICE looks forward to sharing updates on these pioneering initiatives and the positive impact they will have on shaping a more sustainable future for packaging.

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