Activists call for reduction of non-recyclable cosmetic containers

SEOUL, June 05 (Yonhap) – Less than two in 10 cosmetic containers distributed in South Korea are recyclable, an environmental group said on Saturday, urging cosmetic companies to increase the recycling rate of their cosmetic packaging.

The group, which calls itself “Cosmetic Attack Citizens Action,” said it examined 6,617 containers of branded cosmetics and that only 18.7%, or 1,238 containers, were found to be recyclable.

He said 68.5% (4,531 containers), mostly made of colored or translucent plastic bottles, were difficult to recycle, while the recyclability of the remaining 12.8%, or 838 containers, was not known.

About 100 volunteers conducted the research from April 1 to 16 after collecting more than 8,000 containers of cosmetics, all weighing 370 kilograms, from 86 retailers nationwide, he said, adding that about 1,400 containers without recognizable brand or manufacturer’s name were excluded from the study.

The group said products that are easily recyclable include those made from a single plastic material, metal containers with easy-to-remove lids, and clear, brown and green glass bottles with easy-to-remove lids.

In contrast, unibody products with indivisible lids of different materials, colored plastic bottles and products made of composite materials are difficult to recycle, he explained.

Indeed, 32.3%, or 1,839 containers, were impossible to recycle because of their colored or translucent plastic bottles, while 19%, or 1,081 containers, showed no sign of recycling, he said. declared.

The group said AmorePacific Corp., the country’s largest cosmetics company, had the lowest number of recyclable cosmetic containers, at 74, or 9.49%. No less than 598 AmorePacific containers, or 76.67%, were found to be non-recyclable, he said.

In the case of LG Household & Health Care, the country’s second-largest cosmetics maker, 117, or 20.67%, of the 566 containers collected were found to be recyclable. Innisfree, another popular cosmetic brand, reported a recycling rate of 14.69%.

At a press conference outside AmorePacific’s headquarters in central Seoul, the civic group delivered 780 containers of used cosmetics to the company and called for its greater involvement in recycling resources.

AmorePacific officials showed up at the press conference and vowed to do everything possible to bring the ratio of non-recyclable containers to zero, while claiming that the company’s non-recyclable ratio is now below 50%. according to government standards.

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