Sustainability and other challenges in sunscreen manufacturing

While it may seem like a natural gesture to apply sunscreen when we’re at the beach or pool, the truth is that most of us don’t realise how complex and sometimes intricate the process of manufacturing these products can be. Manufacturers must balance consumer demands for efficacy, safety and sustainability, while meeting regulatory standards and overcoming manufacturing challenges.

In recent years, there has been a surge in demand for environmentally sustainable products, which has had a profound impact on new product development and packaging. This shift towards greener products affects every stage of production, creating complexity, particularly in industries such as cosmetics, where consumers are increasingly looking for natural and organic sunscreens. Sourcing the right ingredients for these more sustainable formulations is challenging due to limited supply, and balancing environmental safety with product efficacy adds another layer of complexity.

Environmentally friendly and biologically derived ingredients are essential to achieving natural or organic claims. However, finding ingredients that minimise environmental impact while maintaining product efficacy is a delicate balancing act. This challenge extends to the creation of complex formulations, such as those with anti-aging properties, especially in premium multifunctional cosmetics, requiring more complex value chain activities throughout product development.

Cosmetics manufacturers face the constant challenge of innovation, often reformulating 25% to 30% of their products and introducing new ingredients each year. This vibrant environment requires flexible cleaning processes to handle complex materials such as pigment, oil and wax that may stick to equipment surfaces and require thorough cleaning.

The trend towards environmentally friendly ingredients is also influencing cleaning products, with companies seeking sustainable options to reduce water, chemical and energy consumption. Multinational companies are striving to establish consistent global cleaning strategies to ensure product quality.

Formulating effective sunscreens and maintaining clean facilities are major challenges for cosmetics manufacturers. Balancing innovation, sustainability and regulatory requirements is essential in this dynamic industry.

The manufacture of these product requires efficient cleaning processes as special detergents are needed. At Christeyns, a commitment to understanding and meeting the unique needs of our customers is at the heart of our approach.

Our qualified team of experts understands the challenges of the cosmetics industry and is ready to work with you to provide a tailored solution for cleaning and disinfection, that optimises your manufacturing process.

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