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20 Oct
2021

Sustainability for cosmetics

 

cosmetics - fresh and sustainable for the future 

From creams to perfumes to make-up and make-up products of all kinds - one can find cosmetics in every household these days. Plentiful and varied. The industry is booming, and the market for beauty products is growing from year to year. Dozens of new fragrance combinations, lotions and shower gels hit the market shelves almost every month. At the same time, customers naturally receive one thing in particular with the product: beauty and flawlessness. 

The almost infinite availability in combination with our wishes and longings for a perfect appearance is seductive. It is not uncommon for tempting offers from the trade or bulk purchases to lead to hoarding and over-supply of households. Many have more stockpiles of hair shampoos, toothpaste or lipsticks at home than we can consume over a long period. 

For all our radiant and pore-clean freshness, the question of nature's beauty admittedly remains unanswered. It is no longer a secret that the industrial production of cosmetic products is not one of the most climate-friendly productions. Already in their development phase, cosmetics affect our environment. A lot already happens before fragrance, colour, consistency and the right mix of ingredients are correct. Raw materials and active ingredients are purchased in large quantities and processed in sometimes complex production processes. However, the tremendous pressure on our environment results from production in large-scale plants that demonstrably generate large amounts of C02 emissions. Distribution and logistics, as well as the additional burden on nature caused by the production of large quantities of waste, add to the environmental impact of the cosmetics industry.

So long before a beauty product is on the shelves of our shops, it has already made a long journey. Although a wide range of products is available in local shops, there is also a boom in internet purchases of cosmetic products, whose carbon footprint is also well known. A more sensitive approach by consumers would be desirable here as well. 

What we urgently need are concrete measures to make the purchase of cosmetic products more climate-friendly. We have taken the liberty of outlining below exactly how we all could do this:  

From the extraction of raw materials to the production of goods and shipping - CO2 emissions occur everywhere and at all times. Depending on the producer, the type of production and the country of origin, sometimes more, sometimes less.
 For a more climate-friendly approach, starting with the procurement and extraction of raw materials is essential. The Supply Chain Act plays a significant role here. Companies are responsible for a sustainable view of their supply chains. Nevertheless, many are not aware of the circumstances in the raw material and production countries. Illegal deforestation, massive use of pesticides or other chemical auxiliaries and production materials, and high levels of water and air pollution are just a few of the problems on the agenda in some producing countries. 

HELIOZ supports the reduction of CO2 emissions in affected countries with climate-friendly projects. Through the work we do, we help people and the environment in equal measure. We are actively working in our partner countries on a total of 9 of the 17 goals for sustainable development defined by the UN as part of the "Agenda 2030", the so-called Sustainable Development Goals. We also help companies to achieve these goals through the sale of CO2 certificates and strategic participation in corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects. 

Customers rightly expect companies to act responsibly and to address social and environmental issues. Last but not least, the pressure from the world's population has increasingly led to corporate initiatives in social responsibility. In many industries, this has even become the focus of corporate activities in recent years. 
Transparent CSR activities are indispensable for internal and external stakeholders such as customers, employees, shareholders, and suppliers. Lack of initiative in this area even leads to the removal of so-called preferred supplier programmes and reorientation in suppliers and logistics systems in specific industries.