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Five recent developments in sustainable beauty across APAC

1 – Zero-waste hero: Four LG H&H brands launch solid personal care products to boost eco credentials

South Korean conglomerate LG Household and Health Care has launched zero-waste beauty options from four of its brands – Dr. Groot, Elastine, Veilment, and Himalayan Pink Salt.

By developing solid products LG Household & Health Care (LG H&H) said it could reduce its reliance on plastic packaging.

For instance, its beauty bars are packaged in paper while the powdered toothpaste is packaged in a metal jar.

Furthermore, the solid format would help to reduce water consumption, transportation costs and packaging.

2 – Upcycled cosmeceutical-tissues could be eco-friendly active ingredient delivery – study

In the search for innovative cosmetic uses for upcycled ingredients, fibers created from food waste could mean skin protection and delivery of active ingredients.

A research team out of Italy, China, India and Russia, Morganti et al, published a paper in Cosmetics​ exploring how non-woven tissues can be used in cosmetics and medical devices, as well as how upcycled food waste can be used to create these ingredients.

Morganti et al said one of the main drivers behind finding uses for upcycled ingredients are the environmental and economic impacts of food waste. According to the study, food waste globally averages 931 million tons annually, amounting to $2.6 trillion.

According to a United Nation study​ cited in the paper, unconsumed food accounts for 8-10% of global carbon emissions, as well as anthropogenic methane, which is the second most potent greenhouse gas.

3 – Coral relief: Kose says seven sunscreen UV protection agents don’t harm coral growth

Kose says it has established a method that can evaluate the effects of cosmetic ingredients on corals with high reliability and has shown that seven UV protection components do not pose a threat.


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