Being Planet-kind includes the work we’re doing to address the climate crisis, embrace circularity and regeneration and lower the environmental footprint of our operations. This includes reducing our carbon emissions and improving waste management and recycling and water stewardship across our operations.
We’re also doubling down on our efforts to reduce packaging our of products, move to 100% sustainable paper, and increase use of recycled and recyclable materials. When it comes to product formulation we’re working towards more renewable and natural ingredients and biodegradable formulas. We’ve also committed to full traceability and/or certification of our critical supply chains by 2025.
Reducing carbon emissions
We continue to focus on reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy consumption, as well as increasing the use of renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint. Having surpassed our 2020 target (with 53 percent GHG emissions reductions from 2005 baseline), we aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2030 and to continue the use of renewable energy where possible.
We achieved our target water reduction of 40% by 2020. This was a bold ambition when it was set, and we’re pleased with the progress we have made towards this, through continued optimisation of equipment cleaning practices. We’ve set a new goal to further reduce our water intensity by 5% from 2020 levels by 2025.
Waste and recovery
Our recycling rate globally is now 93.4 percent, which means we have exceeded our target of 90 percent by 2020. We continue to educate and train our manufacturing associates around the world on the importance of a responsible approach to waste reduction. We’ve also implemented waste reduction programmes, such as converting waste into energy and reusing wastewater sludge. Our goal is to increase recycling to 95 percent by 2025 and strive for zero waste to landfill. Our sites in the UK and Brazil have already achieved zero waste to landfill.
We’re committed to reducing our environmental footprint through our approach to product design: packaging and formulations. By 2030, we want all of our packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable. We’re aiming to increase postconsumer recycled content in our plastic bottles to 30 percent by 2025. We’re also striving for 100 percent of our carton packaging to be made from recycled materials or certified sustainable sources by 2025 as an extension of our Paper Promise.
It’s important to us to consider the environmental impact of the way in which we source our products and packaging, as well as the way we manufacture them. We’re committed to supporting responsible and sustainable production of palm oil and its derivatives through our continued membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), as well as the paper that we use in our brochures and packaging.
Planet-kind ingredients and materials
Being planet-kind means protecting biodiversity and preventing deforestation. We will ensure full traceability and/or certification of our critical supply chains by 2025. This includes the supply chains for the palm oil, mica, paper, alcohol, soy and cotton we purchase. You can read more in our corporate responsibility report.
Small changes can make a big difference. There are things we can all do, every day to reduce our environmental footprint. Here are our top recycling tips.
Do you recycle your Avon brochure? Once you’ve finished with it, be sure to share it with someone who might like to use it or, put it into your paper recycling.
Plastic bottles, like shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, are accepted by most recycling programmes - make sure that you have emptied and cleaned them out before placing in the appropriate recycling bin.
Aerosols like hairsprays and deodorants can be recycled in most household collection schemes - make sure they’ve been completely finished before recycling
DON’T FORGET: trigger heads and pumps must be detached and put in your normal bin.
Glass bottles (except nail varnish) are widely recyclable – again, make sure they have been emptied and cleaned before putting them in the recycling bin.
The carton boxes and paper inserts your beauty products come with are accepted by most recycling programmes, so pop them into your recycling bin
Check your local recycling guidelines on what can be recycled where.