Priority Issue 2 For the Sake of the Global EnvironmentEfforts related to products
KOSÉ is dedicated to “the creation of cosmetics friendly to humans and the global environment.” In research and development, we set strict standards for selecting raw ingredients and materials and also give due consideration to easy sorting of the container of a used product into recyclable and non-recyclable for easy disposal and waste reduction.
Containers and packages of cosmetic products ensure the stability of the contents as well as convey conceptual and other information about individual items. We will continue our efforts to develop environmentally friendly products by taking into account the needs of customers and the market.
Easy separation of components of a container made of different materials
Cosmetics containers made from a combination of different materials, such as metal and plastic or glass and plastic, cannot be disposed of as recyclable waste. Our containers are designed to make waste separation easy so that they can be recycled.
Use of plant-derived plastic
KOSÉ COSMEPORT promotes the use of containers made from sustainable raw materials as an alternative to oil-based materials. As an example, plant-derived polyethylene (PE) plastic has been used for pouch containers for refills. In the beginning, PE plastic accounted for about 12% of all the materials used for a pouch container. After repeated trials to determine the amount of PE plastic that could be blended and the possibility of increasing products for application, we successfully produced a bottle made from about 90% plant-derived PE. This container has been used for softymo Speedy Cleansing Foam since 2013. We are also planning to use this container for more products.
Containers for refills with a simplified package
Change in the amount of resin used for packaging
In 2013, we significantly reduced the amount of resin used by adopting a film packaging instead of a single-piece box for SEKKISEI’s SUN PROTECT Gel, which is KOSÉ’s best-selling product. This year, we have reduced it even more by reviewing the design (see the chart). This packaging method is also used for other brands, such as FACIO, a makeup brand.
We also offer reusable containers and refills for as many products as possible to reduce environmental impacts.
Use of recycled materials
Some of the containers KOSÉ uses for its cosmetic products are manufactured by its Group companies. They have developed their own device to recover the residual plastic that remains after molding so that it can be reused. Recovered plastic is used as a material for caps and for containers of sample products.
KOSÉ also promotes the use of recycled materials for containers of cosmetic products. Resin boxes carrying the PET Bottle Recycling Mark have been used for some of its products since fiscal 2006, and will be used for more products in the future. About 90% of the bottles for all of the four kinds of Rose of Heaven Shampoo and Conditioner are made from recycled PET, successfully reducing CO2 emissions by 63% compared with other existing products.
Use of recycled paper for packages
KOSÉ seeks to increase the use of recycled paper for single-piece boxes for products, package inserts, brochures, and carton boxes. At present, recycled paper is used for almost all of its brands, including COSME DECORTE, AWAKE and SEKKISEI.
Statement for microplastic beads
Microplastic beads are used as a raw material in rinse-off cleansing products. Microplastic beads are safe for humans, and have been used as a highly-functional raw material; however, in recent years their potential environmental impact has been raised as a concern both in Japan and overseas.
In consideration of the worldwide social concern, KOSÉ Group stopped using microplastic beads for new cleansing products developed since 2014, making the switch to plant derived materials with less negative environmental impact. The Group is replacing, in turn, the existing cleansing products containing microplastic beads and will stop shipping them entirely by no later than December 2017.
Use of biodegradable raw materials as much as possible
KOSÉ uses biodegradable amino acid raw materials for some of its products, such as facial cleansing products and shampoos. Even if these products are emitted into rivers, these raw materials are easily degraded by naturally occurring microorganisms. They are used for almost all of the KOSÉ brands, including COSME DECORTE, GRANDAINE, Je L’aime, softymo and SALON STYLE.
Use of organic raw materials
Organic products cultivated using environmentally friendly methods have drawn considerable public attention in the area of agriculture. KOSÉ has focused its efforts on using organic raw materials for cosmetic products. Products under the brands of Nature & Co and SALON STYLE contain essences of organically cultivated herbs. For AWAKE Pure Organic Cotton, cotton certified by the Japan Organic Cotton Association (JOCA) is used.
Use of paper made from the residue left over after sugarcane is squeezed
We use paper made from bagasse* and other materials instead of wood as much as possible to protect forests.
* Paper made from the residue left over after sugarcane is squeezed
Reduction of package inserts
We are increasing the number of cosmetic products for which the instructions for use are printed directly on their single-piece box (outer box) rather than on a separate instruction sheet. This method is applied to many brands and products. For some products, we print instructions for use on the inside of the box.