The Need To Go Clean And Green, Part 3 of 3

Published on: April 29, 2021

The Need To Go Clean And Green

There is still much to explore in adopting a green sciences approach.

About this series: Part 1: Palm Oil in Cosmetics. Part 2: The Future of Palm Oil.

Gay Timmons has been in the agricultural business for decades. Twenty-one years ago she founded Oh, Oh Organic, selling organic ingredients—including palm oil—to cosmetic companies in North America.

“The chemical industry is complacent,” says Timmons, a scientist herself.

Many chemists may wish to stick to petroleum-derived ingredients instead of using plant-based sources. Yes, it’s expensive to test something new, to reformulate and use new technologies, but Timmons also believes that creativity is lacking and finding new solutions is important.

Change is on the horizon, though, with more manufacturers demanding clean and green ingredients. Timmons has seen the demand for organic palm oil and other ingredients growing, especially from medium and small-sized businesses with a mission to be earth-friendly.

Finally, some large cosmetics companies, for instance, L’Oréal, have committed to switching to ingredients from renewable plant sources and adopting a green sciences approach to research and innovation.

Plant-Based Source

A strong push toward ingredients from plant-based sources is coming from a new generation of cosmetics brands. Founded upon a clear mission and a set of strong principles, the owners of these brands want to work with plant-based, vegan, and preferably organic ingredients.

More and more, these businesses are built selling products direct to consumers, skipping conventional retail structures. Examples include Kari Granau NATURALE, and Uviña Skin, to name but a few. Online retailer Grove Collaborative, focused on the direct sales of clean beauty products, launched their own vegan, plant-based skincare brand, Superbloom, earlier this year.

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Palm can be grown for good, bringing benefits to:

  • Our planet, due to palm oil’s land efficiency.
  • Local communities, due to the economic development oil palm production creates.
  • Our market, due to palm oil’s versatility and functionality as an ingredient, lifting product quality and performance.

Together, we can influence change for:

  • Manufacturers that are still using conflict palm oil for their products.
  • Retailers that are still listing products that contain conflict palm oil.
  • Brokers and distributors that are still supplying their customers with products that contain conflict palm oil.
  • Shoppers that have the power to vote with their dollar.

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