GREEN, SUSTAINABLE & ETHICAL INGREDIENT SOURCING
by smaller personal care firms.
Transparency and Progress
As large and small companies place greater emphasis on sustainability, the search is
on for suppliers that can deliver.
“At Honest, we’re committed to making effective, safe, responsible products
while keeping both human health and
sustainability top of mind. We work with
suppliers and manufacturers who share
this commitment and who have independent third party certifications (when
applicable) to ensure ethical labor and operational practices,” said Laurel Angelica
Myers, senior director of product development for The Honest Company.
“Our suppliers are absolutely critical to
our development process,” she added.
Across category, savvy suppliers like
Croda have been proactive. The firm,
which has been a member of Roundtable
on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since
2006, now has seven manufacturing sites
certified to the RSPO Mass Balance process, which enables certified and conventional PO to be mixed, but with the
certified oil volume being traced throughout the supply chain. These sites handle
more than 80% of Croda’s total volume
of palm derivatives, an important step
in developing a certified physical supply
chain, according to Croda, which supplies
sustainable PO ingredients to more than
300 customers in several sectors, including
personal and home care.
The company is also committed to
reducing its own environmental footprint.
In April, Croda broke ground on a $170
million project to create its first North
American plant that will lead to 100% sus-
tainable nonionic surfactants produced at
its Atlas Point facility.
“This investment represents a tidal
shift, especially for consumer goods manufacturers who are striving for sustainability and performance,” Croda International
Plc CEO Steve Foots said at the ground-break ceremony in New Castle, DE.
The expansion of Atlas Point’s operations will enable Croda to produce nonionic surfactants from bio-ethanol while
maintaining performance standards—
a key issue that can’t be overlooked
as consumers are not willing to trade
This new project follows a string of
others in which Croda has improved its
own sustainability profile, including a $2.3
million investment in solar panels and another $8 million spent on a project to use
landfill gas to generate electric and steam.
Point of Purchase
At retail, the chatter about ethics and
sustainability has been on the rise for
years. Charting the course has been The
Body Shop. Throughout her career, the
late Anita Roddick stood against animal
testing and stood up for many voiceless people, such as indigenous tribes in
Africa or the homeless in London—and
she used her company’s retail shops as a
From left, Curt Valva of Suki Skincare, Rebecca Hamilton of W.S. Badger, Nicole Rechelbacher of
Intelligent Nutrients and Joshua Onysko of Pangea Organics at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit.