Sustainability, Sourcing & Legislation
The Informed Consumer & Their Impact on the Beauty & Personal Care Industry
The internet gives us access to an infinite library of information, which has greatly impacted consumer awareness. In today’s society it has become routine to base every day decisions on knowledge we've found online. Is this good, or bad? The popularity of natural ingredients in the personal care & cosmetics market is a perfect example of this movement. But why? Is it because they know better than we do on what ingredients are and are not “good” to apply onto the human substrate, that natural is best, or is it a more profound desire to get back to nature as we live in an ever increasing world of artificialness – concrete, urbanisation, blue light and technology?
Scientifically speaking, are there any differences between natural vs synthetic ingredients in terms of efficacy? Is natural automatically associated with sustainability?
This presentation will explore these questions and how consumer awareness will drive natural trends in the future.
CTPA Sustainability Strategy: Being a Catalyst for Change
Sustainability is a key focus for us all and by using CTPA’s unique position to effect change at a pre-competitive level, there is the opportunity to present a balanced, conscientious, world-leading industry. The CTPA Sustainability Strategy aims to make the cosmetics and personal care industry a force for good by putting more back into society and the environment than is taken out.
CTPA and its members have agreed three key areas of focus covering all aspects of industry’s value chain: sustainable production and supply, waste and end-of-life fate, and wellbeing, from workers in the supply chain to consumers.
Whilst many member companies have strategies in place to communicate their actions, targets and ambitions for making the cosmetics industry more sustainable, there are aspects, such as advocacy and collaboration, where CTPA is in a unique position to help SMEs as well as much larger organisations and act as a catalyst for change.
CTPA will showcase best practice and strive to drive system-wide change, where necessary, addressing complex issues by fostering relationships with key stakeholders, such as NGOs, campaign groups or trade bodies within and beyond the sector.
- Richard Keightley Head of Regulatory Compliance - Acheson & Acheson
ISO 16128: Self-Certified Naturality
The ISO 16128 consists of two guideline documents, that defines and explains how to calculate the natural and/or organic content of cosmetic products. ISO 16128-1 defines naturality and organicity criteria for ingredients, and ISO 16128-2 describes the criteria to calculate the naturality of mixtures. Contrary to many naturality label, ISO 16128 is self-assessed, and not certified by a third party: that means that cosmetic manufacturers can freely claim naturality of products, despite the Guideline does not address product communication. However, such claim should be substantiated by specific assessment.