SOUTH KOREA – Amorepacific’s research lab and core production site, Osan Beauty Park, has been awarded a silver rating for making it the first cosmetics company to obtain an international certification for Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWTL).

The ZWTL certification is founded on building a circular economy by converting waste generated at establishments into resources.

Amorepacific reportedly converts 4,043 metric tons out of 4,292 metric tons of waste into resources, representing a recycling rate of 94%.

Amore Beauty Park classifies waste generated during production into 21 types and recycles them in 12 different ways at its waste recycling center in South Korea.

The certification is an achievement in part of “A More Beautiful Promise” that Amorepacific declared last year.

The company aims to support partners in developing green packaging. It also consults on environmental laws related to risk management while leading ESG management in the beauty industry with eco-friendly shared growth programs.

To achieve zero landfill, the company disinfects glass bottles used in experiments, incinerates them as specified waste and recycles them into glass.

Since 2021, Amorepacific has recycled more than half the dust waste as earth and sand material for foundation work in construction, such as asphalt.

In addition, the company is making efforts to reduce waste generated while operating establishments and across the entire process of product manufacturing.

It developed lighter products by changing the method of manufacturing product containers, thereby reducing the use of plastic while maintaining the product’s quality.

It also developed a metal-free pump that expels product content, allowing customers to easily separate and recycle containers after using them.

The company aims to establish a sustainable supply chain that enables resource circulation throughout its entire business activities – from product development to waste disposal and to reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions from waste.

Amorepacific has pursued “sustainable packaging development (SEED)” in collaboration with its partners to improve the development capacity for eco-friendly packaging technology and led a total of 37 projects by 2020.

Earlier this year, as part of its environmental sustainability efforts, the company joined the EcoBeautyScore Consortium with 36 other companies and associations to develop an industry-wide environmental impact assessment and scoring system for cosmetic products.

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