Guidance

The scope of this Key Performance Indicator (KPI) includes company-level activities for manufacturers that sell beauty and personal care products in the United States. Company-level activities for products sold in other regions are not to be considered.


For this KPI, resources that can be used to establish goals and track progress on weight or volume optimization of packaging include, but are not limited to, assessment of packaging against ISO Standard 18602:2013 (Packaging and the environment -- Optimization of the packaging system) or EN 13428:2004 (Packaging: Requirements specific to manufacturing and composition - Prevention by source reduction). Life cycle impact assessment can be used to establish goals and track progress on environmental impact reduction.


  • For E, methods for demonstrating quantified environmental impact reduction include, but are not limited to, life cycle impact assessment or assessment against ISO Standard 14040.
  • For B, an assessment of material efficiency and weight or volume optimization must have been made. 
  • For D, goals must have been established based on these 


Resources


EN 13428: Prevention by packaging source reduction: European standard 13428:2004 outlines a method for evaluating if packaging material weight and/or volume have been sufficiently minimized while also taking into consideration other packaging performance parameters. The standard also includes recommended methodology for identifying heavy metals and dangerous substances in packaging formats.


ISO 18602:2013: ISO 18602 provides criteria for optimization of packaging systems. It outlines a procedure for reduction of packaging material weight or volume while taking into consideration packaging function. It also provides assessment methodology for substances hazardous to the environment and heavy metals.


ISO 14040:2006: The International Organization for Standardization’s “Principles and Framework” document for conducting life cycle assessments provides an overview of the framework for life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle inventory analysis (LCI) along with the limitations of use and conditions for optimal use.



Definitions


Environmental Impact: Any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or partially resulting from an organization’s activities, products or services (ISO definition).


Goals: Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. 


Material and process efficiency: The practice of minimizing material use and waste in production processes.


Public disclosure: The act of making information available and readily accessible to consumers.


Sales packaging: “Packaging that leaves a store with the consumer” (Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability 2.0:2011).