SPICE: collectively shape the future of sustainable cosmetics packaging

The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics (SPICE) is a pre-competitive initiative, co-founded by L’Oréal and Quantis in 2018, to collectively shape the future of sustainable packaging and accelerate the cosmetics industry’s sustainable transformation. Today, the initiative gathers 32 members with 24 corporate members (cosmetic brand owners and packaging suppliers), as well as 8 associated members.*

In 2020, SPICE launched an online science-based ecodesign tool to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of any cosmetic packaging throughout its life cycle, covering 16 environmental indicators. The SPICE Tool leverages the SPICE environmental footprinting methodology, co-built by the members from 2018, aligned with the EU’s Product Environmental Footprint, together with the SPICE database, specific to cosmetic packaging materials and decoration processes.

Along with the Tool, SPICE continuously develops guidelines and best practice materials for the cosmetics packaging industry, including:

  • Environmental claims guidelines
  • A recyclability assessment guide for cosmetics packaging
  • A guide for assessing the post-consumer recycled content of cosmetics packaging

During this PCD conference, L’Oréal, Quantis and Unilever Prestige will share insights from SPICE, discuss the benefits and impacts of pre-competitive collaboration and explain how SPICE will evolve to continue accelerating the cosmetics industry’s sustainable packaging transformation.


*SPICE corporate members (as of May 2022): Albéa, Aptar, Axilone, Berry Global, Bormioli Luigi, Chanel, Clarins, Coty, Estée Lauder, Groupe Pochet, Heinz Glas, Hermès Parfums, L’Oréal, LVMH, Mary Kay, Meiyume, Natura &Co, Puig, Schwan Cosmetics, Shiseido, Sisley, Texen, Unilever Prestige, Walgreens Boots Alliance.

SPICE associated members: Canopy, CITEO, Cosmetic Valley, Elipso, FEBEA, FEVE, PCPC, RecyClass.

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