Initiatives in research, procurement, distribution, and sales
In addition to developing environmental technologies to reduce CO2 emissions, Shiseido strives to create new value through its research and development operations by conducting research into new technologies for implementing value for consumers in an environmentally friendly manner and pursuing software development.
In procurement, we strive to use raw materials that do not increase atmospheric concentrations of CO2 at the time of disposal or incineration, for example through joint research into sugarcane-derived polyethylene, and we work closely with our business partners to develop environmentally friendly technologies. In March 2006, we began verifying suppliers' agreement with an adherence to the Shiseido Group Supplier Code of Conduct (which was revised in December 2011). Going forward, we will continue to work with suppliers to take biodiversity into account and contribute to a sustainable society.
In distribution, we are working to reduce CO2 emissions through such means as reassessing the viability of high-frequency, small-volume shipments and conducting joint distribution operations with other companies in the same industry (that is, sharing distribution facilities).
In sales initiatives, we strive for transitioning to LED lighting at stores and developing environmentally friendly promotional tools for use in stores. We introduced a sales vehicle-sharing system in fiscal 2009, and in fiscal 2010 we purchased 10 electric automobiles.
Environmental responsiveness in carton for "watashi+" online shop
Shiseido website "watashi+" online shop, which was launched in April of 2012, carries approximately 2,600 products that are sold via counters.
In order to deliver products, which are sold via counters, in the form of mail order, we needed strong outer packaging and many cushioning materials. However, in order to respond to the customer feedback "There are too many cushioning materials per product" regarding mail order in general, we worked on developing shipping boxes with considerations to business partners and the environment.
We developed 5 sizes of the transport box lineup according to the size of products to be delivered. Furthermore, we newly developed a paper divider that freely expands and contracts to change the shape according to the product’s size and form. One sheet of this divider can respond to all products, and we can now reduce the vibrations and friction during transportation to deliver them without damaging them.
In addition to the environmental contribution effects of CO2 emission reduction and resource conservation, another advantage is that we can easily open the boxes, which are sealed without using packing tape, by lifting the tab on the box lid.
This initiative won the "2013 Japan Packaging Contest Transport Packaging Award (hosted by the Japan Packaging lnstitute)."
Developing a new procurement route to promote the use of bagasse paper
Shiseido has established new routes to procure bagasse paper and expand its use for product's outer packaging from fiscal 2010.
Bagasse is the residue after extracting the sugar content from sugarcane and is the raw material of bagasse pulp, a basic ingredient that is processed into bagasse paper. Since this raw material would otherwise be disposed of as waste, the use of bagasse, rather than wood-based paper promotes waste recycling, curbs deforestation and preserves ecosystems.
Until now, there has been little or no progress in promoting the use of bagasse paper due to product quality and procurement cost issues.
Working together with business partners, Shiseido has now established new routes overseas for procuring bagasse pulp made using more eco-friendly manufacturing processes.
As a result, product quality and costs issues have been resolved, opening up the possibilities for greater usage of bagasse paper for various purposes that include outer packaging.
New Skincare Product Display Tray That Utilizes Recycled Plastics the First to Acquire Eco Mark in the Cosmetics Industry in Japan
From October 2010, Shiseido realized a skincare product display tray with standard specifications, which previously differed by brand, and achieved resource saving through the use of recycled plastics.
By standardizing skincare product display tray specifications, Shiseido managed to reduce the use of metal molds (steel) when molding trays. Additionally, since the tray can be used for other skincare brands by simply replacing showcards inserted into trays, it can be used for a relatively long period and contributes to waste reduction. Furthermore, about 70 tons of virgin plastics will be reduced since 68% of the overall tray is made up of recycled plastics. The skincare product display tray is also the first to acquire the Eco Mark in the cosmetics industry in Japan.
Switch to Plant-Based Fermented Alcohol
At Shiseido, all synthetic alcohol used by our four domestic factories and research centers has been switched to carbon-neutral, plant-based (sugarcane-based) fermented alcohol. In order to avoid competing with food sources as much as possible, we select alcohol that uses sugarcane as a raw material and is produced by individually managed processes from procurement to shipping. With this switch, we are able to reduce several thousands tons of CO2.
Eco Processing of Beauty Consultant Uniforms
In regard to the disposal of Beauty Consultants' uniforms for which the issue period for use has ended, from 2009 Shiseido shifted from thermal recycling, which reuses heat generated during incineration, to chemical recycling, which uses coke ovens to produce chemical raw materials. The new recycling method enables complete recycling of fibers into materials such as chemical raw materials with no residues (ash) after processing. Additionally, there are almost no CO2 emissions, thereby enabling a significant reduction compared with conventional incineration processing.
Starting Delivery Using 10-Sided Cardboard Boxes
Shiseido has introduced machinery for making 10-sided cardboard boxes for product shipments as well as for putting products into these boxes at the Kuki Factory. These boxes are currently adopted for TSUBAKI, SUPER MiLD, AQUAIR and SEA BREEZE hair care brands, etc.
The 10-sided cardboard box developed by Shiseido is configured with the four corners removed from a conventional six-sided box (octagon-shaped when viewed from the top) and since its strength is increased due to a higher number of support columns, can be made thinner than conventional paper cardboard boxes. At the same time, the box enables many products to be packed inside without leaving extra spaces, thereby making delivery more efficient.
The reduction in the amount of cardboard materials used and greater delivery efficiency have enabled Shiseido to save resources and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 800 tons annually. In this way, Shiseido promotes comprehensive environmental activities encompassing all processes from manufacturing to shipping and delivery.