10. Green Standards, Certification and Indices

  1. Amarjit Sahota
  1. Judi Beerling and
  2. Amarjit Sahota

Published Online: 6 DEC 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118676516.ch10

Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up

Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up

How to Cite

Beerling, J. and Sahota, A. (2013) Green Standards, Certification and Indices, in Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up (ed A. Sahota), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118676516.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 DEC 2013
  2. Published Print: 27 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119945543

Online ISBN: 9781118676516

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Keywords:

  • Certification;
  • eco-labels;
  • fair trade label;
  • Green Standards;
  • Nordic Swan

Summary

One of the most debated issues in the cosmetics industry is the role of standards and eco-labels. Eco-labels related to natural and organic cosmetic standards have the highest take-up rate in the cosmetics industry, however these standards are based on green formulations. The chapter covers some major natural and organic standards in Europe, North America and other regions, as well as regional ‘harmonisation' initiatives such as COSMOS and Natrue. The use of fair trade labelling schemes in the cosmetics industry is discussed, as well as other eco-labels such as ‘flower’ and ‘swan’, and sustainability indices such as ISO Standards 14000 and CR Index 2012. Natural and organic cosmetic standards are the most widely adopted in Europe. The region has over 20 private standards for natural and organic cosmetics; the leading ones are Natrue (Belgium), BDIH (Germany), Ecocert Greenlife (France), CosmeBio (France), Soil Association (UK) and ICEA (Italy).