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PARIS: L’Oréal Paris says it will reduce its carbon footprint 50 percent by 2030 from a 2016 baseline by only using recycled and recyclable plastic and glass; source all packaging from sustainable forests; ensure all biobased ingredients are sustainably sourced and its factories carbon-neutral.

The company’s new sustainability programme is based on optimizing packaging to accelerate the shift to a circular economy, using the same products with more eco-friendly formulas, producing beauty respectful of the environment, and investing in environmental projects through programmes that empower women.

By 2030 the brand will reduce its use of packaging 20 percent to cut transport-related carbon emissions, shift to a circular economy by recycling and reuse, and improve the biodegradability of product formulas to reduce their water footprint.

Between 2005 and 2020 L’Oréal Paris factories and distribution centres reduced CO2 emissions 82 percent, water consumption 44 percent and waste generation 35 percent.

Products are made in 26 factories worldwide and 11 are already carbon neutral using 100 percent renewable energy without offsetting, with the remainder reaching this goal by 2025.

Noting women are the primary victims of climate change, the company will invest €10 million in a series of six carbon projects around the world whose beneficiaries are communities of women. Along with financial support, it will also develop specific programmes to encourage women to lead these projects. In Honduras, for example, where local indigenous communities protect and restore mangroves, a women’s cooperative will receive support and education.

“We are not starting from scratch,” declared Global Brand president Delphine Viguier-Hovasse. “There is still much work to be done but we will remain strong in our resolve to make a difference and play our part in this race against climate change.”
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