EWG Will Verify Cosmetic Ingredients So Clean Options Are ‘Easier To Source’
“EWG Verified” now is open to cosmetic ingredients, and all companies are invited to partake in the NGO’s “Reviewed for Science” program driving collaboration between the its scientists and private-sector counterparts.
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The Environmental Working Group is probing deeper in the supply chain to enhance its understanding of the cosmetics industry and ingredient safety underpinnings. EWG president Ken Cook and Kali Rauhe, director of cosmetic science, discuss the group’s plans for ingredient verification and greater scientific collaboration with cosmetics companies.
“There's a lot of creativity and innovation that's being forced” by supply chain challenges, according to Elizabeth Corrigan, recently appointed chairwoman of the Independent Beauty Association. IBA’s Akemi Ooka says smaller companies looking to engage on sustainability can be well-served to start with supply chain assessment.