On 23 October, P&G Beauty unveiled the latest in packaging innovation at the Reuters Business Summit. The company said its beauty category shared the newest packaging innovation across hair care brands like Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Herbal Essences, and Aussie in Europe, set to change the way consumers buy, use and dispose of their shampoo bottles. “This is an extension of our commitment to be a force for good and a positive force for beauty in the world,” it said.
Head & Shoulders
As announced at a live panel of sustainability experts at the Reuters Responsible Business Summit, guests at The Window to Act is Now: Advancing Responsible Beauty in Europe heard that in 2021, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Herbal Essences, and Aussie would enable the 200 million European households to recycle, reduce and reuse the packaging. The leading beauty brands will launch a refill system for their shampoo due to a new reusable 100% aluminum bottle and recyclable refill pouch, made using 60% less plastic (per mL versus standard brand bottle).
P&G Beauty is on track to reduce virgin plastic usage by 50% in shampoos and conditioners by the end of 2021. Through collective efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle, it will result in 300 million fewer virgin plastic bottles being produced yearly.
Speaking at the event, Artur Litarowicz, senior vice president and general manager of Hair Care for P&G Europe, said, “We need to start turning the tide on the plastic waste crisis and there is no time to waste when it comes to protecting our planet. That is why I’m thrilled to announce a new packaging innovation called the ‘good refill system’. This will allow consumers to have the product they love now in a beautiful, reusable aluminum bottle and refill pouches as of 2021. This will be launched across Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Herbal Essences and Aussie. We know this is just the start. There is so much more to do, and I am passionate about P&G Beauty being a force for good across Europe as we step towards achieving our 2030 Responsible Beauty goals at pace.”
Chief sustainability officer Virginie Helias added, “We have committed to enable and inspire responsible consumption through innovation on our product and packaging. Our leading beauty brands in Europe touch millions of lives. This new packaging innovation will contribute to making the reuse of packaging irresistible, while enabling a reduction of virgin plastic according to P&G’s Ambition 2030 commitment. It’s no longer about if or what we can do, but how quickly we can do it – the window is now for embracing new sustainable lifestyles.”
Litarowicz and Helias were joined at the interactive panel discussion by the founder and chief executive officer at TerraCycle, Tom Szaky, head of Plastic Waste and Business at WWF, Erin Simon, and climate activist Clover Hogan, who provided their perspective on the role of brands to help turn the tide of the plastics crisis.
Tom Szaky commented, “I have long been a believer that a refill behavior is a big part of the future of sustainable packaging and the innovation announced by P&G Beauty today is a positive step in the right direction for the many millions of households Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Herbal Essences and Aussie serve. While there is of course more to be done, it’s great to see large companies such as P&G Beauty taking the issue seriously and using their scale to drive change quickly and impactfully.”