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As sustainability becomes a key purchase driver across beauty and personal care, how can salons, pharmacies and cosmetics retailers be sure stocked brands live up to their claims?

Are retailers, salons and cosmetics brands miss-selling sustainable beauty products?

Tuesday 26th July 2022

As sustainability becomes a key purchase driver across beauty and personal care, how can salons, pharmacies and cosmetics retailers be sure stocked brands live up to their claims?

July 2022: Across multiple studies, surveys and polls, UK consumers are voting with their purses regarding green, ethical and sustainable beauty products. Around 4 out of 5 people describe themselves as ‘likely to choose a brand with a positive approach to environmental sustainability’ (Source: SmartestEnergy 2022), and Deloitte’s 2022 Sustainability & Consumer Behaviour Survey showed a sharp increase in the number of people adopting a more sustainable lifestyle over the last 12 months.

Product marketing specialists are aware of this trend and, in 2022, sustainability sells. Yet cases of ‘greenwashing’ are on the rise, with little evidential proof of the provenance of the products being sold. Last year, the government’s Competitions and Markets Authority coordinated a global review of randomly selected websites and found that 40% of green claims made online could be misleading consumers.

That is already having an impact on consumer sentiment towards sustainable products and brands. Deloitte’s survey also showed that businesses already lack the trust of consumers when it comes to their sustainability commitments, with nearly one in two consumers not knowing or not trusting businesses’ climate or sustainability commitments.

“For all but the largest of cosmetics, hair-care and personal care goods brands, proving a product that has a transparent, accountable, and socially and environmentally responsible supply chain has been prohibitively expensive,” says Callum Miller, CEO of ethy, the UK organisation empowering brands to prove their ethical, sustainable credentials. “This puts salons and other cosmetics retailers at risk from miss-selling goods that are nothing like as ethical, sustainable or environmentally friendly as they claim,” adds Callum.

“Being ‘green’ isn’t just shouting about sustainability, and far too many brands are jumping on the greenwashing bandwagon without any genuine commitment to the environment. We are championing ethical consumer shopping by enabling brands, big or small, to prove their commitments and ensure that both the retail chain and consumers are truly buying into greener products and not just greener marketing.”

Formed in 2020, ethy set out to give all consumer goods brands the chance to prove their ethical and sustainable credentials by significantly lowering the cost of supply chain audits and accreditation. In line with UN Sustainable Development Goals, and partnered with organisations such as Carbon Neutral Britain, WWF and the Association of Sustainability Practitioners (ASP), ethy is further championing sustainable shopping with bright, visual accreditation trust marks for consumer packaging and digital marketing, and a consumer app platform highlighting the best ethical brands.

Over 100 brands have already undergone ethy audit and accreditation, and the ethy ethical shopping guide app has recently crested 10,000 regular users.

“Unless we act now to champion genuine ethical shopping, salons, pharmacies and other cosmetic retail outlets will be selling ever more goods that claim to be sustainable, but are often far from it,” adds Callum. “Through stocking products with genuine ethical standards accreditation, the retail channel can demonstrate its commitment to the environment and capitalise on the growing demand for greener, more sustainable products.”

To find out more about ethy, arrange an interview with Callum on sustainable product marketing in salons, personal care and cosmetics retail, contact the team at Quick Brown Fox: / 01797 360 513


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