Cosmetics firms to co-design environmental impact assessment, scoring system

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L’Oreal, Henkel, Unilever, LVMH and Natura & Co have joined forces to co-develop an industry-wide environmental impact assessment and scoring system for cosmetics products.

The aim is to design an approach that is brand-agnostic and provides consumers with clear, transparent, and comparable environmental impact information based on a common science-based methodology. The companies are inviting other cosmetics businesses to join them in this venture.

The new assessment and scoring system will aim to meet growing consumer demand for greater transparency about the environmental impact of cosmetics products, such as formula, packaging, and usage. The objective is to improve the information available to consumers and enable them to make more sustainable consumption choices.

To do this, a consortium will be created that is open to all cosmetics companies wishing to join and contribute to designing a system that allows consumers to compare cosmetics products in the same category.

“It is possible for the cosmetics sector, as has happened in other sectors, to build a scientific environmental impact assessment of their products, based on a full lifecycle assessment,” said Philippe Osset, expert in the application of lifecycle assessment to eco-design, consultant providing expertise for the European Commission and ANFOR (Association française de normalisation, French Standardisation Association).

“It requires a cross-industry pooling of knowledge and expertise, particularly concerning the environmental impact data; this is exactly what the consortium founding members are embarking on.”

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