Beauty industry is turning into eco-friendly path and certainly, there's still a wide range of challenges that cosmetic brands have to face to. Below are 4 major challenges facing beauty care industry regarding sustainability.
Numerous brands are heading to zero waste packaging and taking a step to reduce packaging impacts. However, sustainable packaging is quite challenging as the cost of recycled material/new material is much higher. Sustainable materials are used by packaging businesses, mostly due to media and environmentalist's pressure rather than profit. But there are many sustainability considerations beyond their command, such as recycling. Plus, products with new packaging appearance tend to weight more than plastic packaging, which increases the shipping cost.
The industry is under pressure to decrease greenhouse gases, but very few businesses measure carbon emissions. Climate change, caused by human greenhouse gas emissions is a real menace to our earth and our own life, and it is already devastating the earth. Nearly everyone agrees that worldwide intervention is more essential than ever in order to restrict our economic and cultural effect and open new path to a viable future. The beauty sector has a significant part to perform.
Transparency And Traceability
In ingredient supply chains regarding sustainability, transparency and traceability undoubtedly matter. Customers start to put questions about what's going on behind the labels of products, however, it's not easy to track down ingredient origins, as shown by palm oil. And here comes the problem. Even if we want to avoid products containing palm oil, we can't identify which items contain it because it doesn't need to be specifically listed by producers. They can just call it "vegetable oil."
The demand for water from the cosmetic industry is enormous; it is the most widely used component. The sector is increasingly adopting water-saving initiatives and shifting towards water-free goods as well as offering higher transparency on the water sources used by customers. Water shortages or limitations could have a significant effect on producers that do not plan for the future. As a response, brands started to decrease water usage in production procedures and decrease or completely eliminate water from their goods. Brands also developed new items without containing water such as dry paper sheets and powdered products.