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Material Use & Packaging

To reduce waste along the production cycle, Avon focuses on recycling and minimizing material use at our manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide to reduce waste. This reduction has a meaningful cost savings and lessens our environmental impact.

Read more about Avon’s material use & packaging efforts in our Reporting section.

Waste Reduction

By 2020, our goal is to achieve a waste reduction of 30 percent on a per unit basis—waste per Avon manufacturing facility—from 2005 baseline levels.

We are finding reuse options for sludge, as well as for alcohol and cosmetics; recycling corrugated cardboard; implementing a waste to energy program; and educating Associates in global manufacturing locations on environmental sustainability initiatives.


All of Avon’s manufacturing and branch sites are focused on achieving zero waste to landfill. Avon has reduced waste and increased recycling rates at our manufacturing facilities through programs that convert waste to energy, reuse wastewater sludge and educate global manufacturing Associates on environmental initiatives, resulting in significant cost savings. We are also focused on source reduction and reducing the amount of waste generated per unit produced.


Avon uses a variety of plastic, glass, paper and cardboard packaging materials in our products. We aim to continually reduce the environmental impact of our packaging during our new product development process and on-going business operations. All sustainable initiatives are designed to ensure a high-quality product: the package is safe, suitable for consumer use and meets all legal guidelines.

We continue to evaluate opportunities to reduce our impact through packaging by reducing or eliminating unnecessary packaging, using post-consumer recycled materials in primary and secondary packaging and using refills and bio-based packaging resins. Additional initiatives to reduce the impact of packaging include carton elimination, carton production, refillable packaging, lightweighting and scalability.