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Standard Released for Cosmetics Carbon Footprint. October 2008

February 4, 2009

BSI British Standard PAS 2050 was launched this week giving cosmetics manufacturers a standardized toolkit for calculating their products carbon footprint from cradle to grave.  The cosmetics industry has been working on a carbon footprint standard for some time in response from consumers growing concerns about the environment. The success enjoyed by products listing “food miles” in some of the UK’s larger supermarkets has shown that consumers are weighing up the environmental impact of their day to day purchases. Cosmetics and other personal care products are expected to ilicit the same enthusiasm from consumers.

This standard should open up opportunities for more sustainable manufacturing right from ingredient development and sourcing, to the final cosmetic product being rinsed off. All of this in addition to offering the consumer the ability to make an informed choice. That is something to shout about!

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