Mary Kay Joins Fight for Sustainable Cosmetics Packagaing

Mary Kay has joined 17 other organizations to work toward sustainable packaging in cosmetics through SPICE.
Mary Kay has joined 17 other organizations to work toward sustainable packaging in cosmetics through SPICE.

Mary Kay Inc. announced it has joined the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics (SPICE) to guide sustainable packaging policies, drive packaging innovation, and to meet consumers’ expectations on understanding the environmental performance of products.

Co-founded by L’Oréal and Quantis in 2018, SPICE will develop and publish business-oriented methodologies and data to support resilient decision making to improve the environmental performance of the entire packaging value chain.

These developments will be the result of collective working sessions where members will share experience and knowledge for the benefit of the initiative and eventually on a grand scale of cosmetics packaging sustainability achievements.

Currently, the initiative has 17 other member organizations including Hermes, Chanel, Coty and Estée Lauder. Joining SPICE is the latest in a series of steps Mary Kay has taken to continue its commitment to sustainability.

In 2018, the company opened the Richard R. Rogers Manufacturing/R&D Center in Lewisville, Texas, which functions as a zero waste to landfill facility and was awarded the coveted LEED Silver certification.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification is awarded to projects that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated using healthy, highly-efficient and sustainable practices.

The Lewisville facility marked the second Mary Kay location to receive LEED certification. In 2017, the Mary Kay China office in Shanghai received LEED Gold certification for its green building leadership and excellence in sustainability.

“At Mary Kay, we feel that pink is the new green,” Keith Learn, vice president of procurement and supplier development, said. “Together with SPICE and other industry leaders, Mary Kay is firmly committed to building a future that’s healthier, greener, and more sustainable for generations to come.”

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