The Estée Lauder Companies joins the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) programme, run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Estée Lauder Companies is delighted to announce today that it has become a member of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) programme, the world’s leading circular economy network, run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The CE100 is a global platform that brings together cross-industry corporations, governments, cities, academic institutions and emerging innovators from around the world to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The network enables members to collaborate and unlock new opportunities that support the objective of building a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. Through acceleration workshops, Co.Projects, an extensive portfolio of learning materials and an annual summit, members have access to a broad range of learning, networking and collaboration opportunities.

The CE100 membership reinforces The Estée Lauder Companies’ long-standing commitment to securing long-term and sustainable growth and is the latest collaborative initiative that supports the Company’s sustainable packaging goals. Through this membership and those with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for CosmEtics (SPICE), The Estée Lauder Companies will continue to learn, build capacity, and collaborate on sustainable packaging innovation.

Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. said: “As a global company, employer and corporate citizen, The Estée Lauder Companies is committed to taking positive actions to ensure a healthier planet for all. Driving circularity through sustainable packaging innovation is a priority for us and we believe a collaborative cross-industry approach is key to making meaningful progress. We are proud to be joining the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) programme, run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and look forward to working with the Foundation and its members who are at the forefront of the transition to a circular economy.

The Estée Lauder Companies is actively identifying opportunities to take advantage of advances in bio-sourced materials, substitute virgin content for recycled content, and use components from less carbon-intensive materials. It also has a range of packaging return schemes. The Company has a number of key pledges and programmes in place reflecting its commitment to the circular economy, including:

  • By the end of 2025, 75-100% of ELC brands’ packaging will be recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled or recoverable; in achieving this goal, the Company will increase the amount of post-consumer recycled material in packaging by up to 50%
  • ELC’s ambition is to use responsibly sourced paper products whenever possible with a goal to have 100% of its forest-based fibre cartons FSC certified by 2025
  • To achieve these goals, ELC’s packaging designers and engineers are re-engineering the packaging portfolio, including low-impact sourcing, bio-sourcing, material substitution, weight elimination and integration of recycled content
  • Aveda was the first beauty company to use 100% post-consumer recycled PET. As of today, more than 85% of its skin care and hair styling PET bottles and jars contain 100% post-consumer recycled materials
  • Origins created the first cosmetic container recycling programme in the industry, ‘Return to Origins’, and M.A.C. also runs a packaging return scheme, ‘Back2MAC’
  • ELC is on target to meet its 2020 goal to achieve net zero carbon for Scope 1 and 2 and to source 100% renewable electricity (RE100) across all global operations. The Company recently announced it would build upon this existing net zero commitment and set a science-based target covering Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2020
  • At ELC UK & Ireland, the Kite’s Croft Distribution Centre and Whitman Laboratories manufacturing facility are using 100% Green Energy tariff, ahead of the 2020 target

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