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A journey to vegan testing in a family-owned company

Dr Sara Robb describes how Melbec Microbiology turned a personal commitment to veganism into a business proposition

Vegan cosmetics are the fastest growing vegan market and also the fastest growing sector in the personal care industry. In the US alone, the vegan personal care market is already worth over $4.1 billion/year. By 2025 its estimated that the global market will be worth over $20.8 billion/year.

With such a growing demand globally for vegan personal care products, more brands are looking at having vegan ranges and some are transitioning to fully vegan brands. The option of having accredited microbiology testing is essential for them. Companies should not have to choose between being able to sell their products to retailers that insist on accreditation or using microbiological culture media containing animal products.

Although the vegan cosmetic market is booming, testing without using animal products is still not available on a large scale. Even with the newly available vegan alternatives to the standard culture media, many labs shy away from offering vegan testing due to it being ‘commercially unviable’. This article details the journey of a laboratory whose passion for the vegan lifestyle and love of animals and the environment prompted them to start the process of providing a full suite of accredited vegan microbiology testing.

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Shanghai World Expo Exhibition And Convention Center(SWEECC)
20th-22nd March 2024

in-cosmetics Global

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
16th – 18th April 2024

NYSCC Suppliers' Day 2024

Javits Center, New York
1st - 2nd May 2024

9th Anti-Ageing Skin Care Conference

Royal College of Physicians, London
25th - 26th June 2024

in-cosmetics Korea 2024

Hall C, Coex, Seoul, South Korea
24th - 26th July 2024

in-cosmetics Latin America 2024

São Paulo, Brazil
25th - 26th September 2024

Access the latest issue of Personal Care Magazine on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Personal Care Magazine app from your device's App store

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