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Febea publishes a guide to good practices to preserve biodiversity


For several years, the cosmetics sector has undertaken a profound transformation: setting up sustainable supply chains, measuring their footprint on biodiversity, reducing their environmental impact, etc. to help the entire sector move faster and further, Febea publishes a guide to good practices in the sector. It will allow all cosmetics companies, regardless of their size, to draw inspiration from these experiences and deploy them at their scale.

Last June, Febea adopted a new raison d'être: "To take care of yourself, to respect the beauty of the world". Since its adoption, this raison d'être has been designed to be translated into a series of concrete actions, particularly in terms of ecological transition.
Many companies in the sector have already embarked on this path, promoting biodiversity. Listing and publishing their good practices allows everyone to have concrete examples, transposable, capable of inspiring new actions and thus accelerating the ecological transition of the entire sector.

The "Biodiversity" guide offered online by the Febea is above all practical and concrete. Divided into 7 chapters, it addresses all aspects to help preserve biodiversity. From the creation of sustainable supply chains to the eco-design of raw materials and formulas, through logistical choices or the reuse of unsold products, each step is the subject of a precise analysis, and above all gives pride of place to the concrete initiatives taken by companies.

Inspiring examples to drive action

Thus, Pierre Fabre has embarked on a process of valorization of co-products: to manufacture the active ingredient of Klorane, he uses the margine of organic olive, an effluent from the manufacture of olive oil. To do this, he turns to a Greek farmer, for whom the replanting of 10,000 olive trees after the 2007 fires in the Peloponnese was financed. Another example is milk thistle oil, used for the Avène range. It is a co-product of the extraction of sylimarin, used in the pharmaceutical industry. The residual oil is now being evaluated to become a new cosmetic active ingredient.

Another example of strong commitment is that of the Yves Rocher Foundation, with the Plant For Life program. It mobilizes thousands of volunteer tree planters to revive the soils and retreat the deserts. Thanks to them and the expertise of 48 NGOs, the program is present in 35 countries, and the goal of 100 million trees planted was reached by the end of 2020. In France, the Foundation has planted more than 4 million country trees, and will reach 5 million in 2021.

A comprehensive and practical guide for businesses of all sizes

In total, this guide brings together 176 best practices from companies of all sizes and in all fields.
It also offers a series of focuses on environmental regulations and their evolution, and takes stock of existing certifications and standards. It also presents many examples of existing initiatives in which each company can choose to participate, not to mention a "toolbox", and agenda gathering major upcoming events around the theme of biodiversity.

"With this guide, we want to show how, concretely, each actor in our sector can, at its own level, better contribute to "respecting the beauty of the world,"says Emmanuel Guichard, General Delegate of Febea. We now want to go further, faster, by relying on the strength of the collective. Together, we intend to play a major role in building a sustainable future that takes care of biodiversity. This initiative represents a first step in this direction, it is up to us to continue to amplify the movement. »

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