Body Shop will buy 600 tons of waste plastic


Shower gel made by British beauty company The Body Shop seen on a store shelf.

The Body Shop

LONDON — Plastic pollution is a massive problem: more than a billion tons of plastic waste will end up in oceans or in landfill by 2040.

The beauty industry is one of many contributors to plastic waste, but it’s a complex issue that doesn’t have a simple solution.

One option is to treat plastic trash as a raw material, explains Mark Davis, who runs the Community Fair Trade program at beauty company The Body Shop. The program is an ethical sourcing initiative that was founded in 1987 and now makes up around 25% of the company’s ingredients budget, where the company procures ingredients like shea…


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