Sustainable Sourcing of Organic Skincare Ingredients: A Critical Analysis of Ethical Concerns and Environmental Implications

Asian Journal of Advanced Research and Reports Volume 18, Issue 1, Page 65-91, 2024

27 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2024

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Samson Abidemi Ajayi

University of Ilorin

Oluwaseun Oladeji Olaniyi

University of the Cumberlands

Tunboson Oyewale Oladoyinbo

University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

Nneka Damola Ajayi

University of Akron

Folashade Gloria Olaniyi

Independent

Date Written: January 11, 2024

Abstract

This study presents a comprehensive analysis of the organic skincare and cosmetics industry, focusing on the sourcing practices of ingredients and their implications for consumer health, ethical considerations, and environmental impact. The research employs a quantitative approach, utilizing data from 700 working-class women, analyzed through descriptive statistics, correlation, and regression methods. The findings highlight a critical need for enhanced transparency and ethical accountability in sourcing practices within the industry. A significant correlation was identified between the geographical proximity of organic skincare producers to consumers and an increased risk of unethical and unsafe skincare products, underscoring the importance of stringent quality control and ethical oversight. Additionally, the research explored the environmental aspects of sourcing practices and found that, while there is a relationship with ecological footprints, the impact is less substantial than initially presumed. This points towards the necessity for a broader and more comprehensive approach to sustainability in the organic skincare industry. Another key finding is the strong correlation between the cost of sourcing ingredients and the likelihood of small-scale producers compromising on product safety and ethical standards. This reveals a fundamental challenge in balancing economic viability with ethical and safety considerations. Based on these findings, the study recommends that industry regulators adopt a holistic approach to sustainability, focusing on sustainable farming practices and reducing carbon footprints, especially for small-scale producers. Future studies are suggested to further investigate the long-term health and environmental impacts of organic skincare ingredients.

Keywords: Organic skincare, sourcing practices, consumer health, ethical considerations, environmental impact, sustainability, small-scale producers, cosmetic industry

Suggested Citation

Ajayi, Samson Abidemi and Olaniyi, Oluwaseun Oladeji and Oladoyinbo, Tunboson Oyewale and Ajayi, Nneka Damola and Olaniyi, Folashade Gloria, Sustainable Sourcing of Organic Skincare Ingredients: A Critical Analysis of Ethical Concerns and Environmental Implications (January 11, 2024). Asian Journal of Advanced Research and Reports Volume 18, Issue 1, Page 65-91, 2024, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4691856

Samson Abidemi Ajayi

University of Ilorin ( email )

Oluwaseun Oladeji Olaniyi (Contact Author)

University of the Cumberlands ( email )

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Tunboson Oyewale Oladoyinbo

University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

Nneka Damola Ajayi

University of Akron ( email )

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