Green Initiatives in the Cosmetics Industry

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"We all moan and groan about the loss of the quality of life through the destruction of our ecology, and yet every one of us, in our own little comfortable ways, contributes daily to that destruction. It's time now to awaken in each one of us the respect and attention our beloved Mother deserves."

-Ed Asner

There was a time when nature was worshipped, but as man has become more knowledgeable he has turned away from the very nature that he loved and worshipped so dearly. He has diverted his entire focus and attention on making life smoother and easier, and the results of this are the great technological advancements that we see today.

Though advancements in technology have made our lives a lot easier, we have conveniently forgotten about the harmful impact on nature and its resources. Now, the consequences of the large-scale destruction of nature and its valuable resources that we have so callously and recklessly carried out in the name of growth and development have begun to torment us. The exploitation of nature has resulted in desertification, deforestation, oil depletion, extinction of species, soil erosion, ozone depletion, and greenhouse gas increases, all of which have impacted our lives negatively. Until we take concrete steps to conserve nature and its resources in the best possible way, our children’s future could be jeopardized.

Fortunately, more people are awakening to the fact that there is little time left to do something constructive to prevent further environmental degradation. Becoming “green” is the new buzz word and people from all different walks of life have already joined this green movement. Let us see what steps have been taken in the cosmetics sector by consumers, cosmetic manufacturers and cosmetic packaging manufacturers for a greener future.

Consumers - Being the target audience, their choices and preferences have been driving the trends in this sector. When consumers became environmentally conscious eco-friendly cosmetic products and packaging became the latest trend in the cosmetics world. Consumers started preferring organic products because they realized that by using anything other than organic products could possibly cause harm to their skin and health. This realization made them conscious about what they consider insensitive actions towards the environment.

Cosmetics Manufacturers - As for cosmetics manufacturers, they focused their attention on selecting natural materials for both primary and secondary packaging. Hence, we started seeing less harmful plastics and more paper, glass, PP, aluminum, PEHD and PET in cosmetic packaging.

Cosmetic Packaging Manufacturers - On realizing the shift in trend from regular packaging to eco-friendly packaging, cosmetic packaging manufacturers tried new designs and created innovative packaging materials as part of their green drive. The result of which are foamers,
lotion pumps, airless pumps and more made of plant-based biopolymers, material made by mixing wood fibers with substances like ABS, SAN or PP, banana paper and grass-based polypropylene to name a few.

However, more such effort is essential to realize the concept of a green future.

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