100% Transparency on Environmental and Social Impact of Our Products

L'Oréal Paris is committed to more transparency on its products. We are continuously improving the impact of our products throughout their life cycle, including the formula, packaging, production and use phases, and we give you transparent access to this data to allow you to make consumption choices more respectful of our planet.

BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL IMPACT OF OUR PRODUCTS

AS THE NO. 1 BEAUTY BRAND IN THE WORLD, WE HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY, NEVER COMPROMISING ON PERFORMANCE

Since 2013, L’Oreal Paris has taken a list of actions to become more sustainable and has set up in 2020 new objectives to better respect planetary boundaries. 11 of our 26 factories are carbon neutral.  we improved the biodegradability of our rinsing formulas from 65% up to over 95% for some of them. The target is now to bring a maximum of products to this level.  By 2025 L’Oreal Paris factories will be using only 100% renewable energy, becoming carbon neutral, and by 2030 we commit to reducing our carbon emissions by 50%*, improving all our products across the entire value chain, from packaging design, to formulation processes, until the end of life.

* versus 2016, decrease by 50% per product

ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL IMPACT

The method used to calculate the score of each product is approved by 11 independent scientific experts and the data is certified by Bureau Veritas, independent auditor.
In cosmetics, the carbon footprint and the water footprint are two key components of the product's environmental impact. Each product can thus be classified in relation to other L’Oréal products within the same category.
Finally, additional information on the manufacturing conditions, packaging and social contribution of the product such as the support of vulnerable communities are detailed in the "Environmental and social impact" section of your product description sheets, to provide 100% transparency on haircare products.
 

DISCOVER THE SCORE OF OUR PRODUCTS

Each product can be classified in relation to other L’Oréal products within the same category. For example, one shampoo is compared to over 1000 other shampoos from the L’Oréal Group. “A” shampoos have the most favorable profile and belong to the top 10% of the shampoo category in terms of environmental footprint. Conversely, “E” belong to the 10% of L’Oréal shampoos with the highest environmental footprint.

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DISCOVER OUR METHODOLOGY

This calculation methodology was developed by the L’Oréal Group with 11 independent scientific experts and is aligned with European "Environmental Footprint of Products" standards. The application of the impact calculation method as well as the accuracy of the data have been verified by Bureau Veritas, an independent auditor.

- Access the Methodology description (link)

- Access the Bureau Veritas verification statement (link)

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GLOSSARY

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CARBON FOOTPRINT

Quantity of greenhouse gases (CO2) emitted throughout the product's life cycle, in particular during the production of ingredients or packaging, the industrial manufacture of products, their transport, and their use by consumers and recycling of packaging.

Did you know?
On average, 70% of a shampoo's carbon footprint comes from the energy required to heat the water used during the shower.

The ELSEVE expert tip
By decreasing the temperature of the water during your shampoo rinsing, you beautify the shine of your cuticle and also participate to environment preservation.

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WATER FOOTPRINT

Quantity of water consumed throughout the life cycle of the product, including: the manufacture of ingredients and packaging, water necessary for the production of products in the factory, water consumed during use (shower …) And the water required for wastewater treatment.

Did you know?
On average, 60% of the water footprint of a shampoo or conditioner comes from the use phase. This is why we are working to improve the "rinsability" of our shampoos, conditioners and masks in order to reduce the amount of water required for rinsing. 

The ELSEVE expert tip
We also develop non rinsed cleansing and caring products to decrease the amount of water while you care for your hair.Our dry shampoos without any harmful gas can be used to postpone your next shampoo. Our leave-on serums & caring creams can be applied on your hair tips without preliminary wash.

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RESPONSIBLE MANUFACTURING PLANT

A plant that year after year reduces its greenhouse gas emissions (in CO2 equivalent), its water consumption and its generation of waste, contributes to developing employment locally - in particular for people in precarious situations - and which gives access to training.

Did you know?

11 of our 26 factories are Carbon neutral today. L’Oréal Paris factories are committed to using 100% renewable energy by 2025, and transform to waterloop factories by 2030.

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FSC / PEFC CERTIFIED PAPER OR CARDBOARD

Paper and cardboard packaging come only from raw material obtained from forests managed in a responsible way and respectful of biodiversity, with independent certification from the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification).

Did you know?
At L’Oréal Paris, all our carton boxes and instructions leaflets, without exception, are from certified materials and come from sustainably managed forests.

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RECYCLED MATERIAL

Material resulting from the recycling of other materials.

Did you know?
L’Oréal Paris is committed to ensuring that by 2025, its plastic packaging will come either from recycling or from renewable sources: none will come directly from virgin plastic.

The ELSEVE expert tip

At L’Oréal Paris Elseve we’re committed to cleaning up plastics in the bathroom, that’s why your expert haircare now comes in a bottle* which plastic component are from 100% recycled source, and recyclable**, saving 5000 tons of virgin plastic every year. So you can have your best hair, and care for the planet.

*Except the caps for which we are looking to find a more sustainable solution.
**in France

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RECYCLABLE

Component that can be treated by a waste collection and recycling channel to give rise to a new material, where the infrastructures allow it.

Did you know?
We are committed to ensuring that by 2025 all our plastic packaging will be refillable, recyclable or compostable. Today, all of our shampoo and conditioner bottles are recyclable*.
*Except the caps for which we are looking to find a more sustainable solution.

The ELSEVE expert tip
Elseve shares sorting instructions on a growing number of products to help our consumers adopt the right sorting practices.

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LABOR LAW: THE 4 PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS (UN) GLOBAL COMPACT ON LABOUR RIGHTS

All direct suppliers of components or ingredients of our products are committed to respecting the fundamental principles of the United Nations:

  • Right of workers to freely associate and bargain collectively
  • No forced or compulsory labor
  • No child labor
  • No discrimination among workers

Did you know?
Since 2006, the L’Oréal Group has carried out more than 10,800 social audits on the sites of its suppliers, carried out by accredited third parties.

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SUPPLIERS COMMITTED TO SOCIAL INCLUSION

Suppliers of ingredients and packaging providing access to work and a decent income to people from socially and / or economically vulnerable communities. Each “committed supplier” supports at least one solidarity project.

Did you know?
In 2019, L’Oreal Paris solidarity purchasing commitment supported XXX communities. Today, for example, the cultivation of some our vegetal ingredients like argan oil, shea butter and centella asiatica helps local communities by offering decent working conditions, equal opportunities at work, and farming methods respectful of environment and biodiversity.