We use cosmetics and hygiene products each day; when brushing our teeth, lotioning ourselves, showering and in many more situations. "Modern" cosmetic products cause lots of environmental damages. Today many cosmetic products claim to be "organic" or "sustainable" in order to profit from the increasing interest of customers in these topics, but this is too often misleading. Luckily, there are some characteristics, labels and standards that help you to identify more sustainable cosmetic products.
The food industry has been criticised plenty in recent years, both for their social and their environmental damaged caused. Just think of the outcry over the palm oil in KitKat caused by the Greenpeace campaign. Although it has become fashionable for food producers to be green, their performance on sustainability issues is not very convincing. To clarify the many misleading claims on advertising and products, there is an increasing number of labels, rankings and standards, companies have to comply with.