Beauty is more than just colour
By 2020, nearly half of the world’s cosmetic products will be made with chemicals derived from petroleum, according to a report from the Cosmetic Manufacturers Association (CMA).
This is the first time that more than half of cosmetics will be derived from a petroleum source, and the CMA predicts this will lead to a massive reduction in the use of petroleum-based chemicals in the cosmetic industry.
The report says that, at least on the cosmetic front, the industry is on the right track to meet the 2030 Paris Agreement’s goal of reducing the use and intensity of use of synthetic materials.
However, the CAA also warns that the industry must keep up its efforts to make sure products are free of synthetic ingredients and must ensure they are safe to use.CMA president Tom Bowerman says: “It’s clear that if we are to achieve the goal of avoiding the use or use of chemicals from synthetic materials, we need to invest in the development of products that are free from synthetic ingredients, but that are safe and effective.”
This is what our new Clean Cosmetics 2020 campaign is all about, which is a holistic approach to the protection of our skin and to our environment.
“Clean Cosmetics has been launched as part of the Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce the use, intensity and pollution of synthetic substances in cosmetics and to help make cosmetic products as safe as possible for the environment.
The new CleanCosmetics 2020 initiative aims to be the most comprehensive approach to cosmetics ever developed and aims to achieve a world without the use – or use in a harmful manner – of synthetic chemicals.
According to the report, over 90 per cent of cosmetics currently being made use of these synthetic ingredients are made with petroleum, and they are the leading cause of pollution in the global cosmetics industry.
According the CPA, in 2019, cosmetic companies in the United States produced an estimated 1.7 billion tonnes of petroleum products, and this figure will continue to grow, with the global market expected to grow by more than 2.3 billion tonnes in 2021.
The CMA says that the use in the cosmetics industry of petroleum derived from natural sources, including oil sands, could increase by 40 per cent by 2025.
The CMA also says that there are more than 30 million tonnes of toxic chemicals that are currently used in cosmetics, with a potential impact on human health that will be felt for generations.”
As the global economy grows, more and more companies are finding it more difficult to make and use cosmetic products that adhere to EU standards,” Bowermann said.”
There is an opportunity to take our focus to a cleaner, healthier, and more environmentally-friendly future, and that’s why we are launching Clean Cosmes 2020.