Shampoos, Shower Gels, Soaps and other so-called Rinse-off Cosmetics
We all use shampoos, shower gels, soaps and other so-called rinse-off cosmetics – more or less every day. Some 790 000 tons of cosmetic products are produced every year. All these products contain ingredients that reach the wastewater during personal hygiene procedures and can have a negative impact on the quality of water bodies if the wastewater treatment plant cannot fully withhold or degrade these ingredients. Moreover, cosmetic products can contain health-endangering substances, such as, for example, certain formaldehyde-releasing preservatives that may not be used in Blue Angel eco-labelled products.
One of the primary constituents of rinse-off cosmetic products are tensides. In Blue Angel products all these tensides must be readily fully biodegradable under aerobic conditions and, in addition, degradable under anaerobic conditions. Moreover, tensides can be produced on the basis of petrochemical and/or renewable raw materials. Blue Angel-labelled shampoos, shaving creams and other so-called rinse-off cosmetics shall contribute to a sustainable development preferentially using renewable raw materials in their manufacture which - to the fullest possible extent - are produced under sustainable conditions or promote sustainable production.
Benefits to Environment and Health
- Maximum avoidance of substances harmful to health and environment
- Promotion of sustainable production of renewable raw materials
- Reduction of packaging waste