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L’Oreal USA CO2 Emissions Plummet 57%

L’Oreal USA reduced its CO2 emissions by 57 percent in 2014 against a 2005 baseline, saving nearly 60,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to the first measured results of its global sustainability program, Sharing Beauty With All. This milestone was due largely to the company’s commitment to expanding its use … Read more »

L’Oréal Halves Production CO2 Emissions

L’Oréal says it has reduced CO2 of its production by 50 percent in absolute terms from a 2005 baseline, one year after launching its sustainable development program. Production increased by 22 percent over the same period. Also under the company’s Sharing Beauty with All program, L’Oréal says 67 percent of … Read more »

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Honeywell, Metabolix to Develop Biodegradable Ingredients for Personal Care Products

Biomaterials company Metabolix and Honeywell have partnered to develop biodegradable biopolymers for use in cosmetics and personal care products. The new biobased microbeads can replace their synthetic, non-biodegradable plastic counterparts, which have been found in large quantities in the Great Lakes. Legislation is pending to ban microbeads. Using applicable ASTM … Read more »

Aveda, Whole Foods Win Sustainable Beauty Awards

Aveda and Whole Foods are among the 2014 Sustainable Beauty Awards winners, presented by Organic Monitor last week. Aveda took home the Sustainability Leadership award for pioneering sustainable raw materials, production, packaging, renewable energy and waste management. Whole Foods was the runner up for its various green initiatives including its … Read more »

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Survey Reveals How Much Consumers Hate Waste

Consumers don’t like to waste food items like peanut butter and mayonnaise and beauty items like toothpaste and body lotion. They dislike it so much, in fact, that they will take extreme measures to get every last drop, according to results of a survey conducted by LiquiGlide. The company, whose … Read more »

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Amyris Launches Renewable Cosmetics Ingredient

Amyris is now selling a second renewable ingredient under its Neossance brand. Neossance Hemisqualane is a plant-derived, light emollient with high spreadability. The company says this ingredient addresses the mid-price emollient market with better performance and competitive pricing compared to existing products in this market. Neossance Hemisqualane is a natural … Read more »

Chemical Concerns Drive Natural, Organic Cosmetic Sales

Ninety percent of buyers of natural and organic personal care products in the UK are going out of their way to avoid products that contain synthetic chemicals, according to a Consumer Insights report by Organic Monitor. When asked to name specific chemicals they look to avoid, almost two-thirds of buyers … Read more »

Smart Corporations Partner for Sustainability, Business Growth

This article is sponsored by Procter & Gamble. Smart corporations see sustainability not only as an environmental responsibility but as an opportunity to build the business, and partnerships with other organizations multiply the benefits of their sustainability initiatives. A number of companies, from CPGs like Procter & Gamble to retailers … Read more »

Avon Ditches Triclosan

Avon has announced plans to phase out the antibacterial chemical triclosan from its cosmetic and personal care products, the company has announced. Although the company says that scientific evidence “supports the safe use of triclosan,” Avon has instead made the decision after bowing consumer pressure to drop the chemical from its … Read more »

Demand for Amines to Reach 7 Million Metric Tons

World demand for amines will rise 3.8 percent annually to 7.0 million metric tons in 2017, led by robust growth in China. Amines demand in North America and Western Europe will rise at modest levels, reflecting the mature nature of these markets, according to World Amines, a new study from … Read more »

BASF Products to use Certified Palm Oil

BASF has announced a goal of using only certified palm oil by 2015. The company says it is one of the first suppliers to the European home and personal care industry to use ingredients based on certified sustainable palm oil, in accordance with the principles of the Roundtable on Sustainable … Read more »