The global beauty industry is responsible for producing over 120 BILLION UNITS* of plastic packaging, most of which are not recyclable and end up in our planet’s landfills or oceans. In addition, cardboard that envelops many of these products contributes to the loss of 18 million acres of forest each year.**
This is what Skin Nerds are doing today.
The Truth About Plastic
Virgin plastic is the plastic we see every day. Virgin means brand new plastic from new resin. Nearly every pound of plastic humankind has ever produced is still here. An average plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose.
What is PCR Plastic?
Post-consumer resin (PCR) plastic is plastic made from existing plastic. For example, PET PCR has a 60% lower carbon footprint than virgin plastic*** because by making products with PCR you are not only taking virgin plastic out of the environment, you are preventing new virgin plastic from being made!
As we shift to new packaging, we must undergo a new round stability and compatibility testing for every product that we transition to PCR, which is a big financial investment. Happily, the cost for reclaimed & recycled cardboard is the same as virgin cardboard, yay paper industry!
We have reduced plastic by 86% with our refill system for our top two moisturizers and continue to invest in refillable solutions. Here is an example of the raw material reduction we can achieve by repackaging our best-selling barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Cream to accommodate refillable pods.
The refill jar is 86% less plastic than the outer chamber it is housed in. It is also made from 70% PCR plastic, reducing the amount of new plastic being made.