With nearly 50 manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide, Avon focuses on recycling and minimizing material use as we strive to reduce waste along the production cycle. This reduction has a meaningful cost savings and lessens our environmental impact.
Read more about Avon’s material use & packaging efforts in our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.
As of the end of 2013, we reduced waste per unit by 2.6 percent since 2005.
We are finding reuse options for sludge, as well as for alcohol and cosmetics; recycling corrugated cardboard; implementing a waste to energy program; and educating Associates in global manufacturing locations on environmental sustainability initiatives.
All of Avon’s manufacturing and branch sites are focused on achieving zero waste to landfill. Among manufacturing sites only, we achieved an 81.8 percent recycling rate in 2013—our highest rate of recycling to date.
Avon uses a variety of plastic, glass, paper and cardboard packaging materials in our products. We aim to continually reduce the environmental impact of our packaging during our new product development process and on-going business operations. All sustainable initiatives are designed to ensure a high-quality product: the package is safe, suitable for consumer use, and meets all legal guidelines.
Avon addresses the environmental impact of packaging through two key areas: the amount of packaging and the materials and processes required to produce the packaging.
We are making significant progress toward this goal. One example implemented in 2014 is the removal of a polystyrene tray coated with a flocking material that will eliminate up to 14 grams per package in the Anew Genics serum. Additional details about our efforts to discontinue PVC can be found in our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.
Additional initiatives to reduce the impact of packaging include carton elimination, carton production, refillable packaging, lightweighting and scalability.