Dermalogica have launched a recycling partnership with Sustainable Salons. Image supplied.
Did you know that 120 billion units of cosmetic packaging are produced globally every year, with many of these unable to recycled in kerbside recycling? The global beauty industry is a massive contributor to the world’s plastic pollution problem and Dermalogica New Zealand has decided to be the change by giving their products a second life through a new nationwide consumer recycling partnership with social enterprise, Sustainable Salons.
From 1st July, simply drop off any number of empty Dermalogica products into the nearest participating Dermalogica professional skin centre or courier a minimum of three to Dermalogica head office in Albany, Auckland, and feel assured that these will be recycled efficiently and effectively.
“We believe our waste is our responsibility, so it’s really important to us to minimise our environmental impact where we can,” says Natasha Bourke, CEO of Two Hundred Doors – the New Zealand distributors of Dermalogica and founders of Skintopia. “Last year we launched Sustainable Salons in our Professional Skin Centres and at our head office, allowing us to recycle 95% of salon waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill. This year, we’re delighted to evolve this programme further, allowing our Dermalogica fans to take part and recycle their used products too. Powered by Sustainable Salons, who are highly reputable and transparent in their recycling process, everyone can feel assured about exactly where and what products will be diverted from landfill.”
Sustainable Salons will collect the empties, break down and separate them into categories, and then recycle or repurpose them into something new, like recycled spectacle frames. Not only do they provide employment opportunities for the differently-abled (over half their depot workers have a disability), but all the proceeds from sold recycling go to KiwiHarvest – a charity that feeds the vulnerable in the community.
The Dermalogica customer can feel good about recycling their empties and know that Dermalogica globally has also committed to reducing their environmental impact in several ways. Not only have Dermalogica started producing refillable products like the Daily Microfoliant refill, RRP $99, but they have also committed to reaching the below by 2025: Using 90% less virgin plastic in retail and professional packaging, using 95% sustainably sourced ingredients and 100% of retail and professional packaging designed for recycling, reuse or biodegradation.