n South African Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Review - How sustainable are natural waxes? : sustainability

Volume 43, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0257-2028



Sustainability consists of three pillars: environment; economy; and society. Every pillar has a regional, national, and global level of consideration. Quite often, sustainability, organic certification and fair trade are linked. Controlled cultivation under specific rules like organic agriculture improves the transparency of the supply chain and enhances the likelihood of sustainability. This also applies to fair trade - a concept that is crucial, especially where raw materials from developing countries are concerned. However, cosmetics raw materials do not necessarily need to be certified organic and originate from fair trade practices to be deemed truly sustainable. Consider natural waxes. Here sustainability should encompass the use of renewable resources while guaranteeing surrounding flora and fauna are not damaged during harvesting, or in establishing new plantations.

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