We utilise a number of materials in our packaging, carefully balancing various considerations in order to choose the most appropriate material to house each formulation.
Aesop's packaging codes have remained largely unchanged over the years. Our packaging ethos has always been utilitarian: vessels must be functional, humble and have minimal environmental impact. Guided by these uncompromising principles, we must also ensure there is formulation compatibility, adherence to global compliance regulations and functional simplicity for our customers. Our products are predominately housed in aluminium, glass and recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET) plastic.
We often select aluminium for its versatility, and its environmental credentials as a readily recyclable packaging material that can be infinitely recycled. A number of our products are packaged in aluminium tubes, allowing for convenient and controlled dispensing in lightweight formats ideal for travel.
We favour amber-coloured glass—traditionally used by the beverage and pharmaceutical industries for housing alcohol and medicinal products—partly because glass is inert and does not interfere with ingredients, but also because dark glass affords its contents a degree of UV protection, minimising the need for preservatives. Where possible, we use glass packaging made from recycled content.
Our decision to use plastic is not made lightly and is the convergence of our packaging principles, stringent compatibility testing, and the pragmatic acknowledgement that this material offers a lightweight, eminently portable and safe option for products frequently used for travel, amenities or shower-use.
To reduce the amount of virgin plastic utilised in our packaging, at present, more than 70 per cent of PET plastic bottles produced by Aesop are made from 99.7 per cent recycled PET (rPET) sourced from Australian post-consumer kerbside recycling.
Paper & Cardboard
Where paper or cardboard are used in our retail product packaging, we select recyclable and Forest Stewardship Council® certified (FSC) stock. The FSC® label verifies that materials used for these products have been responsibly sourced. To learn more, please visit www.fsc.org.