Sourcing & Sustainability
Sustainable Palm Oil: A Resource for the Cosmetic Industry to Achieve Environmental and Social Goals
Cosmetics and detergents may contain variable quantities of palm oil derivatives. This presence has increased in the recent years due to the move of the industry towards natural ingredients as a replacement of petroleum based products. However when natural ingredients are used, it is imperative to think about the consequences on the environment. RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). When they are properly applied, these criteria can hhelp to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions. The RSPO has more than 4,000 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. They have committed to produce, source and/or use RSPO certified sustainable palm oil. Many of them produce cosmetics, personal care and home detergents. If consumers are aware of palm oil, they may not know that sustainable palm oil exists as the alternative to conventional palm oil and may not be actively asking for this. There is a huge potential for companies that want to improve their environmental and social credentials by supporting the production of sustainable palm oil.
- Francesca Morgante RSPO
Plastic Packaging: How Beauty Brands Need to Step Up to Help Our Planet
- Matt Rance DDD
Sustainable and ethical sourcing from Australia
The request for natural beauty products is growing all around the world as more and more consumers reject chemical-based formulations in favour of alternatives perceived to be better for them and the environment. At Southern Cross Botanicals, an IFF- Lucas Meyer cosmetics company, we are specialized in developing ingredients derived from native Australian plants to offer to our customers all of the treasures of the Australian Beauty. Isolated from the rest of the world, Australia harbours numerous ecosystems, from rainforests to desert lands, where endemic plants, found nowhere else on Earth, abound. We provide, for all our active ingredients, a complete sustainable review which includes economic (to ensure ethical sourcing), social and environmental impact. By covering those three axes we ensure a complete and fair “naturality” of our active ingredients.
- Emmanuelle Corbin Lucas Meyer Cosmetics