Lush develops 'carbon positive' packaging

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Each 35g pot is predicted to remove more than 33 times its weight in carbon dioxide

Cosmetics retailer Lush has developed a ‘carbon-positive’ cork pot to replace the aluminium tin of its shampoo bar.

The cosmetics company, which has always prided itself on sustainable packaging, has purchased 500,000 Cork Pots for use over the next 12 months.

Cork is harvested from the tree once a decade and causes minimum interruption given it is harvested by stripping the outer bark without it being chopped down. It is also biodegradable.

According to analysis verified by the Carbon Trust, each 35g pot removes more than 33 times its weight in carbon dioxide and is certified ‘carbon neutral’.

After a year of Cork Pot’s production, more than 20,000 native trees have been planted in Portugal.

The pots will all be shipped rather than flown to minimise the carbon footprint and will be sold for £7.50.

John Newton, associate director at the Carbon Trust, said. "Lush's 35g cork pots are exactly the kind of innovative approach to packaging that addresses these needs and we are delighted to certify that they achieved carbon neutrality in line with international best practice standards.

"The transition to a net zero economy presents businesses with both the opportunity to develop innovative products that are appealing to consumers and differentiate their brand in the market, but also address the need to decarbonise.”

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