The beauty industry is bigger than ever. From makeup and skincare to sun cream, haircare, and body lotions, new products are hitting stores every day. But as we continue to fill our bathrooms, makeup bags, shelves (and ultimately bins) with the latest 'must haves', we need to stop and question just how sustainable this industry is and what are the environmental impacts?
70% of waste in the beauty industry comes from packaging, most of which is made from plastic and much of which we are not recycling. But there are lots of other environmental issues, such as chemical use and water use and lack of transparency around how the products are made and what's put in them.
Having just attended the Olympia Beauty annual trade show, our CEO - Diana, was compelled to attend a discussion forum on Sustainability and the Beauty Industry.
Here are some of the key messages she came away with...
Think about your sourcing
Where do you get your ingredients from? Traceability is becoming important to consumers.
Think about your packaging
Don’t overpackage. Where does all that tape and bubble wrap and polystyrene go? It’s not recyclable and mostly isn’t reused, just thrown away.
Use renewable materials where you can, e.g. corn chips.
Look for mono plastics that can be recycled.