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Principles of Sustainable Development Q&A

By: Jeff Falk
Posted: October 9, 2008, from the October 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Muller: The cosmetic industry is generally considered as dealing with frivolity only. When you get to know this industry better, you realize the amount of technical work, the sum of precaution, the extreme care for safety, the quality control and the process optimization processes behind each and every product. Therefore our industry is often [attacked] by all kinds of “buzz attacks”—parabens, stress on the environment by bio-accumulation, slow poisoning by skin permeation (the numbers given would push the average consumption per head to more than 100 jars a year!). I believe we should take the sustainable development’s approach (which includes organic growing, selection of preservatives, extra care for health, biodegradability) to better and clearly communicate on the huge efforts our industry is already doing and will go on doing.