El Impacto ambiental de la industria cosmética - TEIA

The environmental impact of the cosmetic industry

The cosmetics industry is one of the largest in the world and greater growth is estimated in the following years but...

What does the growth of this industry mean for the environment?

Currently the most complex problem of environmental impact of the cosmetics industry is the amount of non-biodegradable compounds that are discarded in the sink, shower or in the factories of these products and that reach rivers, seas, etc. and persist for many years in ecosystems. Many of these substances are toxic and can accumulate in animal tissues, contaminating the food chain and causing harmful effects on human health and the environment .

The list of these substances is HUGE, but among the most harmful are microplastics, silicones, chemical sunscreens, triclosan, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.

The second problem is related to the amount of garbage that is generated from this industry since most products come in plastic containers and with an outer packaging (box) that generally goes into the trash from the first moment . Approximately 8 tons of plastic enter the ocean each year and the cosmetics industry inevitably contributes greatly to this number .

In addition to that, the cosmetics industry is also related to deforestation problems , a serious problem is logging for the production of palm oil.

What can we do?

More and more consumers are demanding products that are friendly to their health and the environment , which has led raw material producers to look for innovative and sustainable ingredients.

From my point of view, as a consumer the most important thing is to demand transparency and information from companies about the ingredients, raw materials and packaging they use in order to make informed decisions about the products we buy.

What do we do at TEIA to reduce the impact on the environment?

  • We look for packaging made of materials that are easy to recycle such as glass and aluminum or cardboard. Currently only 3 of our products have a plastic packaging and we are looking to replace them next year.

  • We use raw materials that are not harmful to the environment, looking for eco-certified ingredients. We do not use any ingredients that are on the madesafe.org negative list

  • Our cosmetic product manufacturing procedures are established to reduce pollution and raw materials and products are never discarded into the water.

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