Making More Sustainable Choices with Environmental and Social Labeling

At Garnier, we’re committed to increasing transparency on our products, to help our consumers make informed choices.

Introducing the Product Impact Labeling System

Garnier’s highest priority is to ensure the safety, quality, and sustainability of our products. To do this, over 100 efficacy, quality and safety tests are performed on each Garnier product from development to market distribution. Even then, we continue to monitor the products’ safety while on the market.  

For several years, we have also been working to further enhance the environmental and social profile of our products, and empower our consumers with the information they need to help make informed choices, as part of our commitment to Greener Beauty. That’s why we’ve developed a new labeling system that gives you the relative environmental & social impact of US Garnier products compared to other L’Oreal Groupe products in the same category sold worldwide in 2020. 

Starting with Garnier’s haircare products, the Product Impact Labeling System will roll out on May 2022. 

Keep reading below for more information about how it works. 
Access to the detailed methodology document HERE.

Overall Environmental Impact (compared to other similar L’Oréal Groupe Products sold worldwide since 2020)

The “Overall Environmental Impact” is the cumulative score of 14 planetary impact factors* measured at every stage of a product’s life cycle from ingredient production, packaging production, manufacturing of the product, to consumer usage (for example the average quantity of hot water used during showering), biodegradability and end-of-life packaging disposal. The 14 planetary impact factors are weighted according to the Planetary Boundaries concept established by the Stockholm Resilience Center. Each product can be ranked in comparison to other products in the L’Oreal Group portfolio within the same category sold in 2020. The scoring information is displayed in a simple color-coded graph to help consumers stay informed.  Every consumer product has some impact on the environment.  A good score does not mean a product has a positive impact or no impact on the environment.  The letters and colors used in this tool are designed to help consumers make comparisons to other similar products in L'Oréal's global portfolio, so they can make more informed choices.

*Carbon, water scarcity, fresh water ecotoxicity, fresh water eutrophication, marine eutrophication, water acidification, fossil and mineral resources depletion, land transformation, terrestrial eutrophication, particulate matter, toxicity via environment, ionizing radiation, ozone depletion and photochemical formation.

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Carbon and water footprints are specifically highlighted as they represent two thirds, on average, of the overall environmental impact of cosmetics products assessed throughout this methodology. Other factors include air quality, biodiversity, land resources and ozone impact.

Additional information is available in the ‘Environmental and Social Impact’ section of a product’s description, where you can find details on the manufacturing conditions, the packaging, and the social impact of a product, which considers if its raw materials have been sourced in a socially responsible manner.

So You Can Easily Compare Products

Each product is ranked in comparison to other products in the same category so that they can easily be compared.

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You can find the Product Impact Label of Garnier haircare products on the product information webpage, following the ingredient list.

Developed with EXPERTS

This environmental and social labeling methodology was developed with the help of 11 independent scientific experts and is aligned with the highest global standards (European "Environmental Product Footprint") that aim to reduce the environmental impact of goods and services with a multi-criteria approach. Scores and footprint data are also verified by Bureau Veritas, an independent auditor recognized worldwide.

Learn more about the methodology

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