We’re changing the way we think about plastic and packaging so we can work towards being the most sustainable brand we can be. Learn about the projects we’re working on to make this a reality.
WHERE DOES THE BODY SHOP STAND ON PACKAGING?
The plastic crisis doesn’t just affect the planet. It affects people too. At The Body Shop, we’re committed to tackling the plastic crisis differently. We want to fight more than plastic pollution – we want to fight for people too.
Our primary focus is on driving social change and helping empower people with our Community Trade recycled plastic, with a long-term vision that our products do not cause harm to people or the environment and can be repurposed.
Our secondary focus is on its positive environmental impact for our planet. Not using plastic is not the answer. If used responsibly it can be sustainable, so we need to show love for the plastic that we do use. This is what makes our stance on the plastic crisis unique.
HOW ARE WE REDUCING OUR IMPACT ON THE PLANET?
Our responsibility is for the long-term. This is why we want to tackle the plastics crisis with changes that last. We know we’ve got a long way to go. Don’t worry. This is just the start. With your help, who knows what we can achieve together next?
COMMUNITY TRADE RECYCLED PLASTIC
We want to help empower people and protect our planet, so we’ve started using Community Trade recycled plastic from Bengaluru, India, in our 250ml Shampoo and Conditioner bottles.*
Community Trade recycled plastic not only helps tackle the global plastic crisis. In its first years, our commitment will also aim to help empower 2,500 ‘waste pickers’ in Bengaluru with a fair price, stable income, access to better working conditions and social services, and the respect and recognition they deserve.
Pictured right: Dolly
Over 3 billion people live without formal waste management. This has given rise to an informal waste picking economy. India alone has 1.5 million waste pickers. In Bengaluru, we’re working with an organisation who proudly call themselves the ‘Green Force’. They work with waste pickers who tirelessly to clean up their city’s streets. The majority of India’s waste pickers, though, are ‘Dalits’, previously known as ‘untouchables’. This means they are vulnerable to discrimination, poor living and working conditions and a volatile payment system for the plastic they collect. We want to support and celebrate these unsung heroes.
*100% recycled plastic with 15% Community Trade recycled plastic, excluding our bottle caps.
We’re aiming for a minimum of 75% PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastic across all product lines by 2022. This is a big leap from our current 10% PCR plastic across all our ranges. But why not aim for 100% PCR? If we did this, it would end up reducing the life of the recycled plastic, but by adding a small amount of virgin plastic we can ensure that everything we produce can continue being recycled.*
All our plastic will be free of fossil fuel and, instead, we’ll collect 100% equivalent by weight of all our packaging waste to reuse within our supply chains.
We will only be using three types of plastic instead of 20, making it easier for our consumers to recycle our products. With our ‘Return. Recycle. Repeat.’ and other schemes, we will collect 25% more packaging than we sell. This is not only great for the environmental footprint that packaging has – it also increases the pool of recycled materials for other industries to use.
*Virgin plastic used will be of a green source, bio based or equivalent, not fossil fuel derived!
USING MORE POST-CONSUMER RECYCLED PLASTIC IN OUR BOTTLES
Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic is material that already exists and doesn’t require a new material to be created. This is why we’re moving to a minimum of 75% PCR in all our 60ml, 250ml and 750ml bottles. This accounts for approximately 580 tonnes of new plastic being saved every year.
These are our bottles made with 75% PCR from June 2019:
• 49 Bath & Body and Fragrance Shower Gels.
• 27 Bath & Body and Fragrance Body Lotions.
• 20 Face Washes, Face Mists, Toners, Make-Up Remover and Make-Up Spray.
• 17 Shampoos and Conditioners.
• 6 Hand Gel Cleansers.
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