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Gaspillage cosmétique en France.

Cosmetic waste.

While food waste is still significant, cosmetics waste is unfortunately no exception. It can be divided into two categories: upstream waste generated by manufacturers, and downstream waste linked to consumer behavior.

The Responsibility of Manufacturers for Cosmetic Waste.

First and foremost, manufacturers are responsible for their packaging choices. In France, the cosmetics sector consumes around 55,000 tonnes of plastic a year, or just over 5% of all household plastic packaging. Nevertheless, the French anti-waste law for circular economy (AGEC) of February 10, 2020, calls for the disappearance of single-use plastic packaging by 2040 and 100% of recycled and eco-friendly packaging for cosmetics by 2025.

Furthermore, skincare and beauty companies are also responsible for managing their stocks of unsold and defective products. In this respect, the AGEC law imposes an obligation to manage unsold stock by setting three R priorities: Reusing (donation), Repurposing and Recycling of cosmetics. It also prohibits the destruction of unsold goods. Manufacturers are thus encouraged to favor eco-design, as well as recycled and recyclable raw materials. Concentrated formulas and large formats are also alternatives for reducing cosmetics waste.

At Typology, we give priority to recycled and eco-friendly packaging for cosmetics:

  • Our serums and plant oils are kept in glass bottles, a recyclable and sustainable material. Glass is composed of natural minerals (sand, limestone, and soda ash), making it ideal for preserving cosmetics thanks to its neutrality and stability: inert and unalterable. What's more, the flat, rectangular shape of the glass bottle optimizes transport volumes, reducing the carbon footprint of each package. In fact, they can be easily nested, reducing package size and void rates. The amber color of the bottle protects the product from light.

  • The large plastic bottles used for our hydrolats, shampoos, cleansers, etc. have a recycled plastic content of 30%. We are looking for alternative solutions, with the ambition of using only plastic that has already been recycled. Indeed, by 2022, we have set ourselves the target of increasing this proportion to 100% recycled plastic. As with our glass bottles, we've opted for a flat, rectangular shape and amber color to reduce the carbon footprint of each shipment.

  • We have also opted for aluminum tubes for our creams, masks, scrubs, etc… Extremely light and resistant, it's one of the few materials that can be endlessly recycled, without ever losing quality. What's more, it doesn't let air through, reducing the risk of formula oxidation. As a result, you can use your skincare product right to the end without leaving a drop behind, thanks to improved conservation. We have made the transition to 100% recycled aluminum, including 95% PCR (Post-Consumer Recycling) from used aluminum packaging and 5% PIR (Post-Industrial Recycling) from industrial waste.

Finally, all our mailing boxes, tissue papers and paper-based cases are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, issued by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). This certification guarantees the legality of wood harvesting, the absence of any link with illegal deforestation, the sustainable management of forests and the conservation of biodiversity. 

Cosmetic Waste Linked to Consumers.

Waste is also directly linked to our consumption patterns. Razors, toothbrushes, unfinished skincare products… These are all products we regularly throw away, polluting the environment and, more particularly, the oceans. In France, a study carried out by IFOP (French Institute for Public Opinion) revealed an interesting fact: around one person in two stops using a skincare product before it is finished. There are various reasons for this: a formula that is not, or is no longer, suited to the needs of the skin; undesirable effects following application (redness, itching, tightness); disappointment with the sensorial qualities of the product (smell, feel, texture); or the desire to try out a new product.


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