8 top predictions for sustainable cosmetics in 2019

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8 top predictions for sustainable cosmetics in 2019
Ecovia Intelligence has revealed its picks for the top trends and drivers set to define sustainable beauty and personal care in the coming year. We reveal the specialist research consulting & training company’s predictions in this Editor’s Spotlight.

An increasingly global profile to the naturals and organics trend is picked out as one of the top defining features of the wider sustainability movement this year, along with new brand launches from multinationals, and reductions in packaging and supply chain waste.

“We believe this year will bring important developments for natural & organic cosmetics, packaging impacts, sustainable sourcing, clean beauty retailing, ethical labels, etc.,” the research and consultancy firm​ predicts.

8. Global demand for natural & organic cosmetics

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Initially stemming from Europe and North America, demand for natural & organic cosmetics is becoming increasingly global.

Asia’s share of the international natural cosmetics market is expected to continue to rise, as its consumers seek products without contentious synthetic chemicals.

More natural & organic product launches are likely to be in the Asia-Pacific, as well as other regions.

7. Multinationals launching natural & ethical lines.

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In the last 12 months, Unilever launched Love, Beauty & Planet​, Henkel introduced Nature Box, and L’Oréal launched Seed Phytonutrients and La Provençale Bio.

On the launch pad are P&G’s Pure by Gillette and Garnier’s new organic skin care line. More such product launches are likely to emerge this year, as multinationals continue to chase the ‘ethical dollar’.

6. Investments and acquisitions.

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Expect to see more investments and acquisitions involving natural & organic cosmetic firms in 2019.

Some of the notable acquisitions in the last 12 months were Logocos Naturkosmetik by L’Oreal, The Organic Pharmacy by Istituto Ganassini, and Natural Products Group by Groupe Rocher.

5. Reducing packaging impacts.

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Consumer concerns about plastic pollution in the oceans and landfill is making cosmetic & personal care companies address their packaging impacts.

A growing number of companies are looking at sustainable materials and / or eco-design approach.

In 2018, REN Clean Skincare received the Sustainable Packaging Award (Sustainable Beauty Awards) for using ocean plastic. More companies are likely to follow REN Clean Skincare, P&G and Henkel in using ocean plastic in product packaging.

4. Sustainable sourcing.

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Cosmetic and ingredient firms will continue to invest in sustainable sourcing of raw materials.

More sustainability schemes are likely to be introduced for single ingredients, as well as general sourcing practices.

In recent years, we have seen many new standards, covering base ingredients (sustainable oils), minerals (Responsible Mica Initiative) and ingredient types (sustainable seaweed). In 2018, Union for Ethical BioTrade launched the Sourcing with Respect label.

3. Ethical labels.

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Speaking of ethical labels, we should expect to see more ethical labels on cosmetic & personal care products in 2019.

In the last few months, Herbal Essences got Environmental Working Group (EWG) Verification label and Natura Brasil products received Leaping Bunny certification.

Other labels making headway include Vegan, Halal, Non-GMO, as well as COSMOS and Natrue (natural & organic labels).

2. Clean beauty retailing.

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Credo Beauty has already made its mark in the US as a clean beauty retailer. More such retailers are likely to open their doors in North America and Europe.

At the same time, more conventional beauty retailers are having ‘clean beauty’ sections.

Sephora and Space NK are two such retailers devoting shelf-space to beauty products without contentious chemicals. Indie brands will continue to gain popularity; Douglas recently announced plans to expand its range of small niche brands in its European retail network.

1. Growing power of millennials.

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The millennials are already some of the most avid buyers of natural & organic products; they will wield greater influence as their spending power continues to rise. As they buy more from online platforms, Amazon and other eretailers will gain market share for natural & ethical products.

Ecovia Intelligence notes it is set to cover these developments and more at the its 2019 events…

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