Sustainability is a big issue for consumers and companies worldwide. And according to a recent article referencing suppliers at in-cosmetics 2016, the biggest push for more sustainable alternatives to popular ingredients has come from manufacturers and consumers in the U.S. One of the ingredients that has been a focal point in discussions around sustainability is palm oil.
According to the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (rspo.org), issues surrounding this high-yield vegetable oil crop are deforestation, displacement of people from their lands and communities and unfair treatment of workers. Organizations like the RSPO exist to find better ways to produce palm oil. But many companies are looking to replace it all together.
Some ingredients trending as palm replacers are derivatives of fig, rice bran, rosemary and aloe. The graph above represents formulator search data aggregated from the Prospector search engine in UL's Industry Analytics tool. Aloe is the clear winner in Q1 of 2016 with rice bran and rosemary coming in a close second and third and interest in fig trailing further behind.
Another way to drill through the data above: relative volume. The bar graph behind the trend lines illustrates the actual amount of searches for each ingredient keyword. Using this approach, we can see that in Q1 of 2016, there were 2.5 times more searches for "aloe" than for "rice bran," and about 12 times more searches for "aloe" than for "fig."
Have you replaced palm in your formulations or are you looking for a more sustainable source? Tell us about your experiences and/or replacement ingredients of choice in the comments below.
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