CTPA Sustainability Strategy

Driving Towards a Net Positive Cosmetics Industry

Sustainability is a key focus for us all.  As the public voice of the UK cosmetics and personal care industry, CTPA is in a unique position to effect change at a pre-competitive level.

CTPA worked with leading International sustainability non-profit organisation, Forum for the Future, to develop an ambitious Sustainability Strategy, 'Driving Towards a Net Positive Cosmetics Industry'.  The strategy is born from a passion to make the cosmetics and personal care industry a force for good by putting more back into society and the environment than is taken out.  Building on the great work members are doing individually on sustainability, the Association is bringing members together to share best practice and drive system-wide change to represent a balanced, conscientious, world-leading industry. Net Positive is considered as a new way of operating which puts more back into society by delivering benefits that extend far beyond traditional organisational boundaries, contributing more to the environment and the global economy than it takes out.

CTPA engages with like-minded organisations, such as INCPEN (Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment), The British Plastics Federation, the British Retail ConsortiumCosmetics Europe and recycling charity Wrap (supporting the The UK Plastics PactClear on Plastics and Recycle Now) to actively progress the aims and objectives of its Sustainability Strategy.  Through working together, we can  better navigate challenges that the sector faces and drive systemic change.  

CTPA’s Sustainability Hub, covering an ever-expanding range of topics, is a repository of definitions, legal requirements and related guidance, both external and from CTPA, to help guide companies of all sizes towards making their own roles, products and businesses more sustainable.

CTPA Impact Goals

Three areas of impact have been identified where CTPA members can effectively create sustainable initiatives that are relevant to their work in the cosmetics industry.  Over the next five years CTPA will be working on: Environmental Impacts of Production and the Supply Chain; Waste and End-of-Life Fate and Wellbeing to build towards a Net Positive cosmetics industry here in the UK.