What is the concept of Upcycling?

Upcycling is not new, but it is the hot topic of the year: it is now common to hear about upcycling. It is a trend that will continue to grow in the coming years. But what does upcycling really mean? Upcycling is a concept that aims to give a second life to waste materials and, more specifically, to recycle them into products of higher value. For example, transforming pallets into garden furniture or more commonly, transforming a glass yoghurt pot or a tin can into a pencil cup, gives a second life to waste and is therefore called upcycling.

In the world of cosmetics, we talk about upcycling when formulas are made of upcycled raw materials. These are materials usually made from food by-products. For example, certain fruit seeds not used in the food industry can be transformed into exfoliating particles that will be used in the formulation of a scrub or pressed to obtain vegetable oil.

A responsible and immediate approach to environmental issues

In a world where the environment is at the heart of our concerns, upcycling is much more than a "simple trend" and is an immediate and necessary solution. Indeed, this reuse of by-products allows us to fight against waste sustainably. It is not new to observe that waste from the food industry represents a considerable proportion of waste: according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, "about 1/3 of the edible part of food intended for human consumption is lost or wasted from manufacture to consumption".

Thus, upcycling is a respectful solution that reduces the carbon footprint of raw materials in the cosmetics industry. Indeed, these upcycled ingredients will not come from new ingredients, but from already existing ingredients and transformed into a material of superior quality.

This initiative, therefore, makes sense in an eco-design approach for cosmetic formulas: these materials allow for "zero waste" and therefore the transition to a circular economy.

What about upcycling at Thépenier Pharma & Cosmetics?

At Thépenier Pharma & Cosmetics, a company committed to and respectful of the environment, we are committed to offering ever more eco-friendly formulas. Therefore, we have recently developed a range entirely dedicated to upcycling. It consists of 4 flagship products:

- A tonic water for the face

- A body scrub

- A facial fluid

- A velvet body and hair oil.

To conclude...

Upcycling is much more than a concept or a trend. It's more like a sustainable, zero waste solution for the cosmetic world.

And for you, is upcycling the future of cosmetics?






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