sustainability credentials definitions


Has attained a sufficient level of biodegradation that meets the requirements for ‘ready’ or ‘inherent’ according to OECD or related methods,  and/or the product has been assessed as being biodegradable based on a read-across to a chemical with similar structure, and/or the product components have been analyzed for biodegradation potential.

not expected to persist in the environment
Defined a level of biodegradation within standard OECD methods where there is evidence of ongoing biodegradation such that we are confident that the substance is not expected to persist in the environment. 

halal certification authority

meets ISO 16128-2:2017 100% natural origin content standard

meets ISO 16128-2:2017 50% - 99% natural origin content standard

Meets Ashland’s criteria for animal content, animal testing, and manufacturing practices
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Upcycling, also known as creative re-use, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.
the COSMOS* standard
Ashland preservatives that are indicated as “COSMOS* compliant” are listed in Annex V of the COSMOS* standard and can be used in natural or organic beauty products.

more information on the COSMOS standard:

The Ashland perservatives percent concentration does not count towards the limit of two percent petrochemical moiety in the total finished product.

The COSMOS* standard is an international non-profit association that establishes common requirements and definitions for organic and/or natural cosmetics. It was developed at the European and international level by the founders of the COSMOS* standard AISBL:

  • BDIH (Germany)
  • ICEA (Italy)

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