Beauty news: Dermalogica goes a step further with Sustainable Salons

We’re midway through the year, and there has never been a better time to sit back, reflect and most importantly act, when it comes to the amount of waste we generate as human beings.
Yes, out there in the seas there are literal rugby fields’ worth of water bottles, milk cartons, plastic bags and takeout containers. But also: shampoo bottles, lipstick tubes, shadow palettes, powder compacts, lotion pumps, and fancy packaging that once held luscious creams that we hoped would be that elusive Miracle in a Jar. Every year, over 80 billion plastic bottles are disposed of from just shampoo and conditioner alone. In fact, by the middle of this century — that's not as far away as you think — the ocean may contain more plastic by weight than fish.
Change requires a little extra effort from us all, but a shift in routine isn’t as difficult as you would think – especially when brands we love help lead the way. Understanding the impact of waste and taking time to clean out packaging and recycle it in the correct way can make a monumental difference to how our waste is used for good.
With more than 120 billion units of cosmetics packaging produced globally a year, many of which cannot be recycled in kerbside recycling, Dermalogica New Zealand is continuing their efforts to help reduce the amount of waste entering landfill. From 1st July, empty Dermalogica products can be given a second life through the first nationwide consumer recycling partnership with social enterprise, Sustainable Salons.

Simply drop off any number of empty Dermalogica products into the nearest participating Dermalogica professional skin centre or courier a minimum of three to Dermalogica head office in Albany, Auckland, and feel assured that these will be recycled efficiently and effectively.
“We believe our waste is our responsibility, so it’s really important to us to minimise our environmental impact where we can,” says Natasha Bourke, CEO of Two Hundred Doors – the New Zealand distributors of Dermalogica and founders of Skintopia. “Last year we launched Sustainable Salons in our Professional Skin Centres and at our head office, allowing us to recycle 95 per cent of salon waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill.
“This year, we’re delighted to evolve this programme further, allowing our Dermalogica fans to take part and recycle their used products too.”
Sustainable Salons will collect your empties, breakdown and separate them into the correct categories, and then recycle or repurpose into something new, like recycled spectacle frames. Not only do they provide employment opportunities for the differently-abled (over half their depot workers have a disability), but all the proceeds from sold recycling go to KiwiHarvest – a charity that feeds the vulnerable in the community. So you as a Dermalogica fan can feel good about recycling their empties and know that Dermalogica global has also committed to reducing their environmental impact in several ways.
Not only have Dermalogica started producing refillable products like the Daily Microfoliant refill, RRP $99 (see, above top), but they have also committed to reaching the below by 2025:

• Using 90% less virgin plastic in retail and professional packaging
• Using 95% sustainably sourced ingredients
• 100% of retail and professional packaging designed for recycling, reuse or biodegradation

For further information on Dermalogica’s partnership with Sustainable Salons, or for information on how to return empty Dermalogica products to their head office, head to and navigate to the Dermalogica X Sustainable Salons page.
For courier returns, send to Dermalogica New Zealand Head Office, 66A Paul Matthews Road, Albany, Auckland 0632


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