RE-DESIGNING THE FUTURE
We could “trash talk” other industries for creating waste, but the beauty industry is part of the problem. Skincare unquestionably contributes to the enormous quantities of plastic waste in landfills and oceans. Globally, over 300 million metric tons of plastic are discarded annually, nearly the equivalent weight of the human population.i Only an estimated 10% of the plastic ever created has been recycled.ii When plastic waste is sent to landfills, it takes over 450 years to decompose.iii So, we’re taking action with clear goals to reduce our impact by 2030.
OUR GOALS FOR 2030
OUR MISSION IN PROGRESS
We are working to transition 100% of our products to reusable and refillable packages, while incorporating
post-consumer recycled materials instead of virgin plastic to keep materials in play longer.
RECYCLE & BE REWARDED
Kiehl’s first launched Recycle & Be Rewarded in 2009 and we have collected 14 million empty packages to date. Help us recycle another 15 million products by 2030 by bringing back your empties to your local Kiehl’s. You’ll even receive complimentary samples and rewards.
At Kiehl’s, we take empty beauty packaging from any brand. We’ll gladly take your:
- Plastic bottles (including pump and spray closures)
- Glass bottles (including dropper closures and caps)
- Foil packaging from sachets and masks
- Tubes of any color
- All black packaging
- Colored glass
As of today, we unfortunately cannot take:
- Bottles and jars with formula still inside
- Cardboard, plastic wrap, or other external packaging
- Makeup products or brushes
- Fragrance or perfume bottles
FORMULAS FOR THE FUTURE
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i Lindwall, Courtney. “Single-Use Plastics 101.” National Resources Defense Council. 2020. https://www.nrdc.org/stories/single-use-plastics-101#:~:text=We%20produce%20300%20million%20tons,to%20plastic%20production%20and%20use. ii ‘Our Planet is Choking on Plastic.” UN Environment Programme. https://www.unep.org/interactives/beat-plastic-pollution. iii “The Lifecycle of Plastics.” WWF Australia. 2021. https://www.wwf.org.au/news/blogs/the-lifecycle-of-plastics.
Goal targets are for 2030. Progress based on figures from Kiehl’s 2021 performance data and baseline established in 2019.