According to the Zero Waste Beauty Report for 2022-2023 by The Upcycled Beauty Company, the world will have to meet net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. That means the world will have to emit no more greenhouse gas than the environment can reabsorb.


The Upcycled Beauty Company recently released its Zero Waste Beauty Report for 2022-2023. This week we’ll dive into the report’s three sections and how its findings are reflected in today’s cosmetics industry.

To accomplish this goal, the report outlines three ways beauty manufacturing is trying to reduce emissions in manufacturing.

Carbon offsets

The report said many companies are turning to carbon offset schemes that plant or protect carbon-absorbing plants to theoretically reabsorb greenhouse gases they emit to make carbon-neutrality or net zero claims.

To effectively address carbon emissions, the report said brands have to consider every step in the supply chain. Several indie brands are already using offsets for their products, and some are offsetting other sources of emissions like staff commutes.

Organizations like the nonprofit Climate Neutral or B Corp are able to work with brands to measure and certify sustainability activities like carbon neutrality.

However, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council, while forest carbon offsets are a well-meaning concept and when done conscientiously can curb emissions, engage companies in sustainability and increase forest conservation, they are not necessarily effective in practice and may actually cause harm.


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