Sustainability in the skincare industry
As the awareness around sustainability has been increasing rapidly throughout the years, it is not strange that many industries are starting more sustainable practices when making their products or presenting their products. Of course, we as EGGXPERT also find importance in being more sustainable and resourceful towards our planet. But as well as to ourselves, More consumers are shifting their preference towards natural, organic and sustainably made products. So what makes sustainable skincare and what should you look out for?
Many beauty and skincare products contain toxic ingredients for the skin. On average, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that women use 12 personal care products a day, exposing themselves to 168 chemical ingredients. Examples are parabens, silicones, benzyl alcohol, Sulfates and Phthalates. Sustainable skincare means that it is safe and won’t irritate your skin.
The skincare industry generates a lot of plastic waste, think of containers for lotions and creams or tubes for facewash and facemasks. It is always better to choose products which are in recycled or biodegradable containers or even better, refillable containers. Choosing products which are in easily recycleable packaging also is better for the environment, such as glass.
Manufacturing is as important as the ingredients and the packaging of a product. How is the product made? Who made it? What procedures did the product go through to get to the shelves? Examples of sustainable manufacturing is using greener procedures to develop a product, reduce synthetic ingredients, using renewable energy and responsible sourcing of materials.
Creating sustainable products also means that the company has to be transparant about their practices. Being sustainable does not only apply to the environment or skin alone, but as well to your clients. Sharing the mission and vision of the company can create a community of like minded people who want to work towards a similar goal.