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〔The Environment〕For the Global EnvironmentEfforts related to products

KOSÉ strives to create cosmetic products that are “good not only to users but also to the global environment.” In addition to setting strict standards in the selection of raw materials and ingredients, careful research and development are also undertaken to make products that are easy to segregate and dispose after use and produce less amount of waste.
Going forward, we will continue to actively develop environmentally friendly products that adapt to climate change, while giving due consideration to customer needs and market needs.

The container and packaging of a cosmetic product serve an important role in preserving its contents and making it easy to use. They also provide various information about the product including the product philosophy. However, cosmetic products are still consumer products, and once they have served their purpose, their containers and packaging become waste that need to be disposed of. KOSÉ is in continuous development of containers and packaging that consider environmental impacts at disposal.

Reducing the Use of Resin in Containers & Packages

Reduction of the amount of resin
used in the package

In 2013, we succeeded in greatly reducing the amount of resin that we use when we started to utilize film packaging in one of our best-selling products, the Sekkisei Sun Protect Essence Gel, and we were able to further reduce (see the bar chart on the right) by updating the design. This packaging is used in a range of other products including Fasio, our makeup brand, and SportsBeauty, our sunscreen brand.
In addition, we are actively using refills and refillable containers to reduce our environmental impact.

(1)Example of a compact container

By making the container more compact, the amount of plastic used has been reduced by 13.6g.

(2)Example of improvement from a transparent plastic box to a paper box

By changing the material of the box from plastic to paper, we have reduced CO2 emissions by about 5 tons.

(3)Examples of makeup products using film packaging

Makeup products using film packaging

(4)Example of using “paper” for bag packaging

The bottom is attached so that the product can be displayed standing up as well as hanging.

(5)Examples of specifications for changing pumps and inner containers

Liposome Advanced Repair Serum is available in a 75-mL refill container, reducing the amount of plastic used by approximately 49%. The 30-mL and 50-mL containers are made of glass.

(6)Examples of using a pouch container for refilling

In the case of the refill pouch container for “ONE BY KOSÉ THE WATER MATE”, the amount of plastic used has been reduced by approximately 89% compared to the main container.

(7)Examples of a new material used for the buffer tray

A new material (paper-mixed synthetic resin) is used for the buffer tray, reducing the amount of resin by approximately 51% compared to conventional products.

(8)Example of using “paper” as a container

We are the first company to use paper cube-shaped containers. This has reduced the amount of plastic used by about 55% compared to the same container made of plastic.

Easy to refill

Container with an inner plug
that can be easily opened

We have developed a container that has a large mouth in which the inner plug can be easily opened so that non-pump type containers can be easily refilled.

Easy-to-disassemble containers made of different materials

Container desinged to be easily disassembled

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. By coming up with designs that allow each part to be separated easily, our containers are designed to make waste separation easy so that they can be recycled.

Use of plant-derived plastics

By using plant-derived “biomass plastic” for some of the product containers of “SEKKISEI CLEAR WELLNESS”, we are reducing the use of petroleum-derived materials and contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions throughout the product life cycle.
By launching the refillable version, we expect to further reduce the total amount of plastic used by taking advantage of the characteristics of the “SEKKISEI” series, where many customers continue to use the same product for a long time.
For example, the amount of plastic used for refills of “SEKKISEI CLEAR WELLNESS Natural Drip” has been reduced by approximately 80% compared to the main container. In addition, by reducing the frequency of disposing of used containers, we can also reduce CO2 emissions associated with plastic disposal.

Use of corrugated cardboard material for one product box

For “SEKKISEI CLEAR WELLNESS”, we have adopted a cardboard material for each product box, which is said to have a recycling rate of over 90% in Japan.
In addition, we have reduced the amount of plastic used by making it impossible to open the box easily during transportation or display, and by eliminating tear-tape packaging for film-like product exteriors.

Use of recycled materials

Products using recycled PET

KOSÉ also manufactures cosmetic containers at its group companies. The company has developed its own equipment to re-materialize leftover materials generated during plastic molding and actively reuses them as materials for caps and sample containers. In addition, we are promoting the use of recycled materials for cosmetics containers and have adopted plastic boxes with the “PET Bottle Recycling Recommendation Mark” for some of our products.

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Using recycled or certified paper for packaging

Using certified paper

We are striving to increase the use of recycled paper in all of our products, including single-piece boxes, certificates, pamphlets, and cardboard boxes.
For paper packages that do not use recycled paper, we use paper obtained from wood harvested in certified forests (certified paper).

Proactive use of paper made from sugar cane residue

Bagasse as a raw material to create boxes

Bagasse as a raw material to create boxes

Paper made from sugarcane residue

Reduction of Package Inserts

The printing instructions are on the inside of the box and the QR code is on the side.

We are making efforts to increase the number of products that do not have a paper instruction manual attached by directly printing an instruction manual, such as how to use the cosmetics, on a part of the product box (outer box). Currently, many products have adopted this method, and for some products, the instructions are also printed on the inside of the box.
We will also digitize our products by issuing QR codes to reduce the use of paper as much as possible.

For “SEKKISEI CLEAR WELLNESS”, we have adopted biomass ink, which is easily biodegradable and has a low environmental impact, for printing on the product.
The notation on each box is in a size and typeface that is easy for anyone to read, using a universal font that we have established.

The use of plant-based raw materials and environmental impacts after use are also taken into consideration in the development of the contents of our products.

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. Also we have completed the replacement of the traditional cleansing products containing microplastic beads with new products. No cleansing product containing microplastic beads has been shipped since January, 2018.

Use of biodegradable raw materials as much as possible

Use of biodegradable amino acid raw materials

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.

Procurement of raw materials with consideration for the preservation of ecosystems

In relation to the procurement of raw materials, we focus on preserving ecosystems and supporting local communities. “DECORTÉ” and “STEPHEN KNOLL NEW YORK” products are formulated with ingredients that take biodiversity and sustainability into consideration. In addition, as part of our efforts to preserve ecosystems, we use ingredients derived from organically grown herbs in products such as “ADDICTION” and “Salon Style BIOLISS Veganee”.

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