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Future Made Better is our journey toward reducing our environmental impact and improving the communities we serve. Working toward a healthier planet means Kiehl’s is creating more responsible formulas with renewable ingredients and sustainable packaging, while improving the materials we use in our stores.

Doing our part.

More than a mission, Kiehl’s Does is responsibility in action. It’s what we’re doing now to generate less waste and reduce carbon emissions through the formula ingredients we use and the packaging materials we choose.


We formulate our products to improve the overall health of your skin and with the wellbeing of the environment in mind. 98% of our formulas are made with at least three renewable ingredients, which means they can be replenished or regrown. We continue to watch our water usage in manufacturing and have globally reduced water waste by 78% to date. The raw ingredients we buy help support responsible farming practices in over 600 communities worldwide.


Minimal waste packaging without unnecessary paper cartons has always been the Kiehl’s way, but now we are taking it further. In 2020 we reduced virgin plastic usage by 19.3% globally by incorporating post-consumer recycled materials in our packaging. Today, over 80% of our packages are made with recycled material (while we continue to work on the other 20%).


Through Recycle & Be Rewarded, we offer customers a meaningful way to participate by bringing their empties back to Kiehl’s. Since 2009, we’ve reclaimed over 13 million empty jars and bottles globally and ensured they are recycled correctly.


Every Kiehl’s Customer Representative worldwide wears a white lab coat, which is now made with fabric composed of 65% recycled consumer water bottles. Many in-store fixtures are also made with upcycled materials.


We believe in active generosity, and through Kiehl’s Gives, our company-wide philanthropic commitment, we’ve supported 137 charitable organisations through 213 local initiatives worldwide since 2015, with a special focus on the environment and positive social change.

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Organic products that can be biologically decomposed in an aqueous environment by microorganisms (primarily bacteria, yeast and fungi) to produce CO2 and water

An acronym for “post-consumer resin,” the technical term for recycled plastic; PCR can often be incorporated into bottles, caps, jars and other packaging materials to reduce the use of virgin plastic

Renewable Raw Material:
A material composed of over 50% material from a source that can be renewed or re-grown, like plants

Sustainable Sourcing:
This approach ensures that raw materials of plant origin come from supply chains that respect biodiversity, limit their environmental impact, guarantee production with zero impact on ecosystems and promote the socioeconomic development of local populations; It may also include an element of solidarity and social responsibility to benefit disadvantaged communities

Water footprint:
A given activity’s overall impact on water, including the total amount of water used, either by the consumer or the producer (including the quantity of water that is collected and consumed and the pollution that is generated)

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