While sustainability in general has been a big focus for the personal care industry of late, perhaps the greatest surge has been with marine sustainability. We have become more aware of the extremely fragile ecosystems present in this environment and the impact industry has on them.
Microplastics have been headline news across the globe, with much of the blame targeting our industry, however steps had already been taken to outlaw microplastics well before the risks had made the international newspapers. Despite this (largely as a result of David Attenborough documentaries) the persistence of glitter and exfoliant microplastics in marine environments caught the public imagination and the industry has stepped up with a wide range of alternatives.
The personal care industry has in recent years increased activity in the search for marine-derived ingredients, which has the subsequent potential to increase pressure and disruption among marine ecosystems. But ingredient suppliers are extremely careful to analyse the whole lifecycle of sourcing, harvesting and processing of natural produce, as well as the welfare of the communities supported by the associated trade.
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