L’Oréal, the world’s largest beauty company, entered China in 1997. L’Oréal China is headquartered in Shanghai and has five offices across the country. L’Oréal China currently has 31 brands and one R&I center in China, as well as two factories in Suzhou and Yichang, owning more than 14,000 employees. After 25 years of high-quality, steady and sustainable growth, China has become the second-largest market in the world, the headquarter of the North Asia “Beauty Triangle”, and one of three Beauty Tech Hubs worldwide. As one of the best corporate citizens in China, L’Oréal China has always implemented and kept the “L’Oréal for the Future - Sustainable Development Commitment 2030” in mind. China is L’Oréal's first market to achieve carbon neutrality for all its operated sites, and L'Oréal China actively contributes to the good development of Chinese society through CSR programs.
Topic 1 New technology solution for Non virgin fossil-based Polyolefin and PET/PEF plastic
Polyolefin and polyester plastics are the most widely used plastic materials because of their excellent properties. However, the depletion of fossil resources poses pressing environmental and social challenges for the entire world. While progressively reducing the intensity of plastic packaging, L'Oréal is actively looking for high-performance solutions derived from plastic recycling or bio-based plastic, transitioning to a more sustainable business model, and maximizing our positive contribution to society at large.
Innovative high-quality recycling process for polyolefin (PE/PP) or polyester (PET/PEF) plastics
Advanced synthesis process for the preparation of polyolefin (PE/PP) or polyester (PET/PEF) plastics from non-edible biomass.
Topic 2 New polymer or macromolecular from green chemistry that can be applied to beauty formulations for a variety of functional applications
As is unavoidable with any human or economic activity, we consume natural resources. This consumption must be managed in a controlled and measured way by finding solutions that allow for recycling and promote the development of the circular economy. By 2030, 95% of L‘Oréal‘s ingredients in formula will be biobased, derived from abundant minerals or from circular processes. Among them, the polymer or macromolecular material is a kind of raw material with a variety of functions, which plays a role as film formers， thickening agents，particles for sensory and so on in the formula.
Taking the formulations in beauty technology as the application scenario, our target is to look for optimized innovative polymer or macromolecular materials based on the above-mentioned sustainable or green science requirements, or overall solutions to achieve green optimization or even substitution of existing polymers.
Topic 3 Green chemical processes that optimizes the synthetic approach of the raw materials required in beauty technology formulations
L'Oréal has set our 2030 targets on climate, water, biodiversity and natural resources in accordance with what scientific experts demand and what our planet needs. Accessing raw materials of beauty formulations in a greener way is an important approach for us to transform ourselves and ensure our activities are compatible with a resource-constrained planet.
Take the raw materials applied to beauty technology products as an example and find innovative processes that are optimized and more environmentally beneficial for their synthesis approaches.