South Korea’s SK Chemicals Partners Estée Lauder on Recycled Packaging Materials

SK Chemicals is strengthening its sustainability approach in the cosmetics container market through a new partnership with global cosmetics brand Estée Lauder.

The prestige skincare, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products company has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with SK chemicals for the supply of circular recycling solutions.

Estée Lauder products are sold in approximately 150 countries and territories under more than 20 brand names including Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Aveda, Clinique, and La Mer.

The agreement will also enable the potential acceleration of the packaging sustainability movement in the global cosmetics container market.

Under the new agreement, SK Chemicals will supply ECOTRIA CR and SKYPET CR, which incorporate advanced recycled materials, and ECOZEN CLARO, which can be incorporated into a recycle stream. The Estée Lauder Companies will develop packaging utilizing the materials supplied by SK Chemicals.

Advanced recycling is a technology that chemically decomposes waste plastic into monomers, the raw materials for plastic. It is considered an important technology for the advancement of packaging-to-packaging recycling, helping solve plastic waste issues in a circular and innovative way.

SK Chemicals and Estée Lauder will gradually increase the amount of recycled materials in their products and replace other non-recyclable materials, with designs that incorporate recyclable or recycled materials, helping to move Estee Lauder’s packaging sustainability goals forward.

Ahn Jae-hyun, the CEO of SK chemicals, said: “Through this agreement, we believe positive synergies can be created in both business and environmental aspects as SK chemicals, leading the circular recycling plastic technology, partners with The Estée Lauder Companies, leading the global cosmetics market.” He added, “We will continue to work harder to create a sustainable cosmetics container ecosystem.”