September 11, 2008

Regulatory and sustainability in cosmetics

On the second day of the HBA cosmetic show in New York City as I attended some presentations on their third annual regulatory summit, the buzzwords that frequently circulated throughout the program were green, California, bisphenol-A, phthalates, REACH, consumer advocacy groups, organic, certification, and of course regulation.

According to Rupert Day from Milbar Labs, each and every cosmetic and personal care manufacturers have to start thinking about sustainability and green chemistry in their formulation strategy if they want to achieve regulatory compliance in all countries worldwide.
"Start locally but think globally," he said. "Use fully functional actives that are sustainable, next generation ingredients and for synthetics, they must be safe for the consumer and the environment."

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