Embracing Sustainability: Important Practices in Cosmetics
Time: 16:30 - 17:00
Date: Wednesday 7th July
Sustainability has never been a more significant issue across industries, and cosmetic industry is no exception. Cosmetics, like all consumer products on the market, have an impact on sustainability throughout their lifecycle. Their entire supply chain, from raw material inputs, through manufacturing, packaging, distribution and wholesale, to retail, consumer use and disposal will leave a mark on the planet. These effects are not only environmental, but also social and economic, as sustainability is a multidimensional concept. With an increasing debate on sustainability, whether on news, reports or summits, there is a strong market trend to formulate more sustainable products. There are several factors that encourage the embrace of sustainability in the cosmetics industry, such as: climate change and greater dissemination and awareness of social problems caused by the industry; the consumer demand for more ‘natural’, ‘green’, ‘organic’ products associated with the idea that these are healthier; greater availability of sustainable ingredients from raw material suppliers; and legislation that requires the adoption of certain sustainability measures.
In this sense, the pressure to move in the direction of more sustainable patterns of production is ever-increasing. Earlier, there was a transition to natural and organic formulations, but currently producers also consider the responsible and ethical sourcing of ingredients as well as fair-trade, the resources used during manufacturing, the emissions and waste formation, the packaging potential for recycling and/or reuse, and the biodegradability of formulas. In summary, the aim of the companies is to reduce the environmental, economic and social impacts of cosmetic products by rationally using resources, avoiding pollution, contributing to economy and creating value in peoples’ lives.
- Dr Joana Marques Marto Assistant Professor at Faculty of Pharmacy - University of Lisbon