Sustainable development in the cosmetics supply chain

Companies in the cosmetics sector are increasingly committing to creating products that are more respectful of the environment.

Cosmetics supply chain and sustainable development

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An increasingly thought-out supply chain

In an ever-changing world, the sustainable development issues become obvious. For several years, a real consciousness, amplified by recent global and health events, is embedded in the heart of business. The packaging used to ship goods is increasingly recyclable, biodegradable or reusable.

But companies are going even further to meet growing consumer demand. Environmental issues soar supply chain and are more interested in the raw materials used and the different production methods. The supply and supply thus intend to be more local in order to limit the environmental impact and favor short circuits.

In addition, some companies increasingly favor “green products, themselves produced with greater respect for nature. So, from a model linearproduction lines are gradually shifting to a model ofcircular economy, in order to improve products before, during and after their manufacture. This is particularly the case for certain companies in the world of Cosmeticthat direct your offer to an adept audience eco-friendly beauty.

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Upcycling at the heart of cosmetic formulations

reusethis is the latest trend sustainable development. At the last In-Cosmetics fair, an international cosmetics fair where all the players in the sector meet, upcycling was at the center of all discussions. But then, what is it concretely?

Upcycling, also known as overcycling, consists of using products considered waste by certain sectors to transform them into products or materials of better quality in another sector. This is particularly the case for the company Sophim, manufacturer of natural cosmetic ingredients. For the development of your PHYTOSQUALANa natural emollient intended for cosmetic formulations, Sophim uses a molecule called squalenenaturally present in the olive. The company then mounts upcycling using as raw material olive waste from the food industryin particular the production of olive oil.

By using waste from other production lines, Sophim recycles a raw material that is already used, but not fully optimized. she extracts the squalenethat will turn into squalane through a hydrogenation process, in order to be used for the manufacture of PHYTOSQUALAN. The notion of sustainable development therefore plays an important role in terms of raw materials, but not only. and it all cosmetics supply chain that is reworked.

A circular approach that is part of an ecological approach

Companies are increasingly thinking not only about the actual manufacture of their products, but also about the before and after production. The Sophim company is setting up a circular approach for the manufacture of its PHYTOSQUALAN, in order to meet the demands of consumers who are increasingly concerned with the way in which their cosmetic products are produced.

For this, Sophim, supplier of cosmetic ingredients, 8 of the 12 principles of green chemistry. In this example, before production, the raw material supply goes to recycling and waste recycling. The raw material comes from Europe to favor short circuitsand transportation is optimized.

Then, during production, the installation of equimolar reactions to limit waste, the use of bio-based solvents or the use of catalysts optimizing the chemical process and thus reducing energy consumption are criteria that make it possible to establish a production method that is more respectful of the environment. The Water consumption she is also reduced, as it is only used to clean and cool machines. The product is absolutely never in contact with water.

Finally, PHYTOSQUALAN is designed to be 67% biodegradable after 28 days, and fully biodegradable over time. Thus, it meets the main criteria to fit in a circular approach aware of the challenges of sustainable development.

In conclusion, companies in the cosmetic sector are working a little more every day to optimize their manufacturing process and respond to a growing demand for eco-designed products. It’s time to develop tomorrow’s beauty.

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