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L’Oréal Spearheads SPICE Initiative

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The members of the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics (SPICE) have announced its launch.

Co-founded by L’Oréal and sustainability consulting group Quantis, SPICE is dedicated to shaping the future of sustainable packaging in the cosmetics industry. Its members include LVMH, Shiseido, Sisley, Cosmetic Valley (the French “competitiveness cluster” for perfumes and cosmetics) and FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies).

SPICE aims “to develop and publish business-oriented methodologies and data to support resilient decision making to improve the environmental performance of the entire packaging value chain,” per a release from the organization. It hopes to assist the industry in making significant process in three key areas:

  1. Guiding sustainable packaging policy development
  2. Driving packaging innovation based on an objective eco-design criteria
  3. Improving communication and providing more clarity on the environmental performance of products

The initiative will explore topics including recycled materials, bio-based plastics, tertiary packaging and distribution, end-of-life streams by country and more.  

“Beyond the development of a robust methodology of environmental footprint assessment, SPICE will ultimately increase the eco-design of our products and will provide the clarity consumers expect to help them make more sustainable cosmetic purchases,” said Philippe Bonningue, head of sustainable packaging at L’Oréal.

Added Dimitri Caudrelier, director of Quantis France: “’If you want to go far, go together’ the proverb says, and this applies to SPICE. We are honored to co-found SPICE with the ambition to guide a large number of businesses and brands to do just that. Packaging is key for the cosmetics industry and companies need robust information and recognized frameworks to make resilient decisions. SPICE will be a key factor in driving their sustainability transformation.”