Posted on October 01 2020
An online ecodesign tool to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of any cosmetic packaging throughout its life cycle is now publicly available. The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics – SPICE, co-founded by global beauty group L’Oréal and leading sustainability consulting firm Quantis, launched SPICE to shape the future of sustainable cosmetics packaging while addressing the issues that beauty and personal care companies face while trying to improve the environmental performance of their products’ packaging.
"The SPICE Tool ushers the entire cosmetics industry into a new era of sustainable packaging innovation,” Dimitri Caudrelier, CEO of Quantis said in the press release. “It delivers robust environmental metrics and actionable insights for packaging designers to make resilient decisions. This is a huge step toward SPICE’s mission to collectively shape the future of sustainable packaging — and we’re just getting started!”
The SPICE Tool solves one of the key sustainability challenges facing the beauty industry: embedding ecodesign into the packaging development process. This easy-to-use platform, with a Free demo version and a Pro version, makes robust environmental data accessible to packaging designers, giving them the insights they need to develop more resilient packaging designs. The Tool calculates a holistic environmental footprint across the full lifecycle of a product’s packaging (from production to end-of-life), covering 16 environmental indicators that assess impacts on climate change as well as resource depletion, water use, biodiversity and more. Beauty companies now have an easy way to measure, improve and communicate more credibly on their packaging’s environmental performance.
"As the co-founder of SPICE, L’Oréal is proud to see the initiative uniting the cosmetics industry around a shared vision of sustainable packaging,” said Philippe Bonningue, Group Global Director of Sustainable Packaging at L’Oréal, in the press release.
In addition to the SPICE Tool, the initiative has released other valuable resources to support ecodesign decision making and improve the environmental performance of the entire packaging value chain:
- Guidelines for environmental claims: cosmetics-specific guidance that establishes minimum requirements and strong recommendations for providing credible packaging sustainability information to consumers and other audiences;
- Environmental datasets: metrics to populate the SPICE Tool database; and
- The SPICE Primer: a communications brief presenting the mission and work of SPICE.
To encourage industry-wide use of the SPICE Tool and additional resources, SPICE has made them all publicly-available on the SPICE website. Visit www.open-spice.com.
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