In September 2021 Henkel, L’Oréal, LVMH, Natura & Co, & Unilever announced a new global collaboration to co-develop an environmental impact assessment & scoring system for cosmetic products, with the purpose of helping consumers when choosing cosmetic & personal care products, providing clear & transparent information about the sustainability of the products they are considering to buy.
So far, the EcoBeautyScore Consortium gathers 36 small & large companies & associations, who have already started to work together & are organized in thematic working groups (remaining open for other potential members to join). A first prototype for the scoring system is planned to be ready for the end of 2022, providing the environmental scoring for a selection of product categories at first, which will be also verified by independent parties. The Consortium said it will also consult external experts, including scientists, academics, & NGOs.
The methodology of the measurement of environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of products will be backed by the principles of the “Product Environmental Footprint” (the European Union’s PEF scientific method based on life cycle assessment of products).
A similar database & scoring system that targets the environmental impact of formula ingredients & packaging is planned to be implemented too.