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Sustainability In The Beauty Industry: Part 2

Hair salons have a certain fragrance. You always know when you’re in one.  No surprise, since nearly 5000 chemicals are listed as products for hair care, including 3300 synthetic compounds.   Beyond the shampoo and conditioner, there are hair dyes, oils, propellants, and various sprays to keep hair in place.  A recent study in Italy examined the concentration of a variety of these compounds in the air inside and outside of hair salons. These included a variety of alcohols, terpenes, and ketone compounds, with gaseous phases. Some such as benzene and xylene have potential carcinogenic properties.  Again, no surprise: concentrations were often 10 times higher inside of hair salons, and were usually quickly traced to products in use.  Many of these compounds are known to have human health...

Sustainability In The Beauty Industry: Part 3

Sustainability goes far beyond initiatives related to recycling & making eco-friendly products. This new mind-set that makes us think long term in product development. It is a combination of imagination and science where we evaluate the long term environmental impact of whatever beauty product we are formulating. Before its production, during its production and its lifecycle once it is released in the environment. There are 4 large aspects that go into making a product sustainable and all have to be taken into account when formulating and distributing new products: Ethical sourcing of natural raw materials Cosmetic production (energy and water consumption, waste management) Packaging (compostable, biodegradable, recyclable) Biodegradability of the finished product These 4 pillars are merely a framework to begin to define sustainable products. Many companies are able to quickly...

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