www.CosmeticsandToiletries.com Vol. 132, No. 2 | February 2017
Many choice clichés poetically describe the philosophical purpose and feel-good benefits of sustainable
practices. But in any industry, the bottom line is: there is a bottom line. The good news is, the two can coexist in
what has been deemed the circular economy. In fact, as is often referenced, one projection from the Aldersgate
Group states that by the year 2030, the UK economy alone could grow by £80 billion (approx. US$ 100 billion) by
better managing its resources.
Green chemistry expert James Clark, Ph.D. (see Page 8), observes that the concept of a circular economy
sprouted quickly. This began as industries saw both the potential in by-products from other industries, and an ROI
for designing specialized processes to minimize and re-use by-products. In fact, an awards program for supporting
circular economy has grown around it.
2 So it's becoming a win-win: increasing productivity and the bottom
line while decreasing waste. (Hear more on this from Clark on April 5, 2017, at the Sustainability Corner during
in-cosmetics Global in London. I'll be moderating—come by to say hello.)
While companies build business plans toward this win-win initiative, regulators, governments, civil groups
and some multinationals are building rules and goals around it. According to the World Economic Forum,
work toward the circular economy will manifest in China (Guangzhou),
4 East Africa (Rwanda), Europe (the
5 Latin America, Japan and the United States. However, the forum emphasizes
that accelerating this transformation will require "a simultaneously 'glocal' approach."
This circles back to cosmetics, where our industry can focus its own glocal efforts. For
example, in this issue, Dell'Acqua explores food by-products for skin care. And in the same
vein, Singh and Agapakis put microbes to work for cosmetic ingredients. Also, part II of
the controversial Gupta sunscreens article, continued from January, looks to nature for new
ideas in sunscreen development.
This issue was designed to present new ideas for sustainable product development that's
a win-win for your bottom line. Did we succeed? Please circle back with your feedback.
EDITOR’S NOTE | C&T ®
Rachel L. Grabenhofer
C&T Managing Editor