Ethical skincare is the new growth industry of the 21st century with statistics indicating a net industry worth of $25.11 billion by 2025.
Consumers who want ethical skincare are aware of the harmful effect of chemicals and synthetic products on their skin, they are aware of serious environmental issues and want the product they purchase to be safe - equally for the environment as well as themselves. They are aware of misleading advertising and seek accurate product information.
You may well ask, what is ethical skincare and why would I use it or need it? Words such as natural, organic, sustainable or ethical skincare are catch-all terms found regularly in articles or on packaging but what do they actually mean?
Quite simply, natural can be an ambiguous term but generally implies that the product may have less synthetic or chemical ingredients such as parabens.
Organic is a highly specific term and to claim a product is organic requires certification that the ingredients used are sourced from 100% certified organic suppliers.
Sustainable or Sustainability refers to the "avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance". From this perspective, the ingredients need to have been sourced from a supplier committed to waste minimisation and sustainability practices as does the packaging.
Ethical skin care needs to address a number of key issues:
- Have the ingredients been sourced ethically? For example, a product may be natural, vegan and organic but may be sourced in an unethical way. An example would be palm oil, which if sourced from non-sustainable plantations presents a huge ethical concern for both animal welfare and sustainable forestry standpoints.
- Has the product been tested on humans or has animal testing been used in country/s where the product retails? Many products have carefully avoided animal testing but if the product is sent to a country which routinely tests skincare products on animals prior to release it represents a significant ethical issue.
- How is the product packaged? Is the packaging fully recyclable or has the packaging been made from recyclable materials?
- Where has the packaging been manufactured and what environmental regulations exist at the packaging site?
- Is the packaging recyclable?
If your product meets all of these requirements then it can be considered an ethical product.
As concern for climate change grows, so does the consumer demand for 'green', natural, organic, sustainable skincare.
Issues such as climate change can leave us feeling powerless and helpless to make a change; except that one of the most powerful 'green' changes you make is your choice as a consumer.
Where your dollar lands is your vote; and believe me when it comes to money; big business and government listen.
We live in a fast-paced, commercial world where the yesteryear values of simplicity, integrity, natural, taking it slow, attention to the small things and family are valued but very hard to find.
Every member of the team at Nerys. is passionately invested in climate change issues, social justice issues and animal welfare issues. We want to get back to basics and make good, clean skincare preparations which minimise our impact on the planet and stand for the values our family cares about.
The Nerys. Team