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Is this the end of fake natural products? Episode 04

The popular mass marketer chain, Target, buys beauty products from over 7,500 suppliers. According to their new rules all of these companies will have to comply with Target’s sustainability requirements. Is this a good thing for consumers? Listen to this week’s show to find out.

Show notes

CosmeticDesign recently published an article about Target’s new “transparency” ratings. Follow the link to read the entire article. Target’s intention is to provide “industrywide clarity around what really makes a product sustainable.” Also according to Data monitor many Americans “30% of Americans are concerned about the credibility of natural and organic claims on cosmetics.”

The buzz word for bringing clarity to some of these claims is “transparency” and Target is instituting a program where they collect information from all their suppliers of personal care products and then they’ll tell their customers how “good” the product is on a 100 point scale.

A good sustainability resting scale should not simply consist of “natural is good, synthetic is bad.” Rather it should rate a company on a variety of measures as established by the Global Reporting Initative:

  • Raw Materials (chemicals and packaging)
  • Water sources (including amount recycled)
  • Biodiversity (how well they protect the ecosystem)
  • Greenhouse gas emission (CO2 and ozone depleting substances)
  • Chemical waste (total amount as well as initiatives to mitigate environmental effects)

In our next episode we’ll talk about why so many companies are still “greenwashing” their products. If you can’t wait until next week to hear us talk about greenwashing you can buy our new book right now and read all about it.

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