Since 2009, Origins accepts cosmetic packaging of any brand at its retail stores, and in return, gifts the user with a free sample of their products.
Starting March 29, 2009, Origins introduced a program in North America that encouraged its customers to bring their empty previously unrecyclable cosmetic tubes, bottles and jars, etc. – regardless of brand – to their nearest Origins retail store or department store counters. All returned packaging is sent back to a central location where products will be recycled or used for energy recovery. We believe that the more we collect from consumers, the more we can keep cosmetic packaging out of landfills. In an effort to be good global citizens, we are investigating way to offer this program to other regions.
At Origins, we believe the well-being of our planet is vital to the well-being of the people who populate it. And we have a responsibility to respect the world around us for future generations. Here’s what this means. Our products are manufactured using a combination of renewable resources, wind energy and earth-friendly practices. And we use recycled materials wherever possible. As a result, Origins has already planted the equivalent to 1.25 million trees.
We believe that reducing pollution means increasing efficiency and wasting fewer resources. It can also improve health resulting in a more productive workforce. That’s why Origins manufacturing facilities have instituted Environmental Management Systems that comply with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). They are designed to improve our environmental performance and avoid or reduce adverse environmental impacts over time.
Our cartons are made from 80% Forest Stewardship Council certified paperboard and 50% post-consumer recycled fiber. These paperboards and cartons are manufactured using wind power or hydro power, both renewable energy resources. In a given year, Origins uses approximately 307,386 lbs of this paper in place of virgin fiber. In doing so, we preserve 1475 trees for the future, save 626,735 gallons of wastewater flow, and conserve 1,045,112,400 BTUs of energy. And we prevent 136,541 lbs of net greenhouse gases.
In the U.S., Origins has partnered with Community Energy Inc. to purchase wind generated power to offset electricity used in its North American stand-alone retail stores. Wind energy is a natural, inexhaustible source of energy that requires no fuel and produces no pollution. By purchasing wind power for our retail stores, Origins uses less grid electricity, achieving a CO2 reduction equivalent to planting 788,589 trees or removing 825 cars from the road.
And by helping to fund the building of additional turbines with Community Energy that supply electricity to Origins manufacturing operations, we will achieve a further reduction in CO2 emissions equivalent to planting 61,562 trees or not driving 788,589 miles in a car on an annual basis.
Origins has been recognized as one of the top 30 companies by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership as a result of its purchasing of 100 percent green power. Combined, these purchases amount to more than 3 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.
Our products are transported in recycled cardboard shippers and we reuse packing materials whenever possible. We use no styrofoam peanuts or any PVCs (Poly vinyl chloride) in our packaging materials.
And we continue to seek alternative ways to use the earth’s natural resources imaginatively, intelligently, respectfully and responsibly.
Learn more about Origins mission, their products, their commitment and helping them Plant a Tree on their web site.