In recent years, the beauty industry has experienced unprecedented growth. However, it is undeniable that the current environmental landscape presents a significant number of challenges for brands and manufacturers striving to reduce their impact on the planet by providing sustainable products. Some of the most apparent yet intricate issues to address include the utilization of wasteful packaging, excessive water consumption, the use of toxic solvents, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution resulting from microplastics or other persistent ingredients.

In the last years, the effects of anthropic pollution on our environment has become more and more evident, thus take responsible actions to reduce it in every industrial field is one of the major today’s goals. It is prudent to acknowledge our responsibilities and engage in actions that prioritize continuous improvement in the sustainability domain. This involves adopting ethical business practices and advocating for an eco-friendly beauty routine. In fact, just as the institutions are realizing the importance of a sustainable industrial production and are translating it in new requests and regulations, consumers are increasingly asking for goods that are safe not only for them but even for the environment. To address these emerging requirements, encompassing both environmental considerations and market demands, the concept of industrial ecology was formulated.

Industrial ecology offers a transformative approach to tackle environmental issues while ensuring the sustainability of chemical processes and products exploiting the principles of green chemistry and green engineering and unifying them in order to satisfy the need of every industrial process. Moreover, it is interesting to highlight the importance of the relatively new concept of SBD (safe by design). An approach that transcends individual steps, instead, it concentrates on the comprehensive picture to minimize the product’s environmental impact throughout its entire life cycle. This perspective begins from the inventive stage, extending down to the disposal or potential reuse of the product. In few words, all the process is designed and meant to be the safest possible. By adhering to industrial ecology principles and SBD thinking, it is possible to concur to minimize the waste generation, reduce pollution, improve the exploitation of resources, and finally mitigate the impacts on climate change.

The integration of industrial ecology practices across industries holds the key to a more sustainable future and, as ROELMI HPC, we embrace the principles of sustainable innovation and we commit to take every possible step towards building a healthier planet for the generations to come. We aim at realizing a concrete approach to sustainable cosmetic and nutraceutical industry within the ingredients’ design and production, through the right balance between natural ingredients and respectful transformations exploiting both green chemistry and bio-fermentation in our innovation and production stream.