Grupo Boticário’s LCA Strategy: A Sustainable Cosmetic innovation

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Poster Number:  V-01 

Main Presenter:    Loreto C. Adrison 

Co-Authors:   Andrea Kim                                               

The challenges associated with the emission of chemical residues resulting from consumption and production practices underscore the urgency of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6, 12, and 13. These goals emphasize the necessity for responsible consumption and production actions, reducing atmospheric emissions, and ensuring the quality and availability of potable water in the coming years. In this context, a scientific approach becomes significantly imperative to comprehend and mitigatethe environmental impacts caused by the industry, highlighting the need for integrated strategies to simultaneously address issues related to excessive water consumption and atmospheric gas emissions in the product chain.
Considering these challenges, Grupo Boticário, as one of the leading cosmetic industries in Latin America, has set ambitious sustainability goals aligned with the aforementioned SDGs. These goals involve the utilization of raw materials with lower impact, aiming to neutralize the environmental impact of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water, and energy by 100% of the operation. Within this framework, Grupo Boticário pioneers the cosmetic industry by employing the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool in the development of more sustainable formulations, aiming to optimize the production chain and select raw materials with minimal impacts on water consumption and atmospheric emissions.
As part of a pilot project for this overarching objective, products from Hair and Bath, Makeup, Perfumery, and Care categories were evaluated. Primary data from 2,880 formulations, developed using 1,485 raw materials, composed of 879 ingredients, were analyzed.
The initial results indicate that optimizations made in Hair and Bath formulations, specifically in subcategories such as shampoos, conditioners, masks, and finishers, have already resulted in reductions of 38.12%, 94.19%, 59.87%, and 97.71%, respectively, in the indicator of climate change.
In the water consumption indicator, quantified reductions in the subcategories were 109%, 83.22%, 31.71%, and 97.71%, respectively.

The initial gains quantified through actions in these subcategories demonstrate the possibility of innovating in cosmetic product formulations, ensuring product performance while significantly reducing environmental impacts. In this context, Grupo Boticário takes the first steps towards neutralizing the environmental impacts arising from the life cycle of formulations.

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