Confronting the Earth’s Water Crisis
The beauty industry is too heavily reliant on water, a precious resource (by 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will be living in areas plagued by water scarcity). Acknowledging their overdependence on this currently readily available resource, shrewd brands are re-evaluating how they can better care for water and marine life.
One key direction is a more water-conscious approach to product formulation. Take inspiration from Australia’s Conserving Beauty, which has put waterless innovation at the core of its brand DNA by formulating its entire product line without water. Not only does this ensure valuable water resources aren’t wasted, it also means that pure ingredients aren’t being diluted – delivering product potency.
Solid-bar formats are also proving popular worldwide with brands seeking to cut back on water waste. In 2022, waterless shampoo and soap bars saw combined market growth of nearly $1.5bn year-on-year globally. These formats reduce water footprints, as well as allowing for lighter packaging and lower shipping weight.
So, what does the impending water crisis mean for your business? With water scarcity a global threat, beauty brands must formulate with water alternatives. As well as solid formats, why not explore options such as fruit and vegetable water waste, boosting circularity by upcycling discarded ingredients?