“beauty must switch from being part of the problem to becoming part of the solution”: IPCC publish sixth assessment report on climate change

by | Aug 12, 2021

This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) published the sixth assessment report (AR6), which addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change.

The thirteen chapters of the AR6 provide an assessment of the current evidence on the physical science of climate change, knowledge evaluation gained from observations, reanalyses, paleoclimate archives and climate model simulations, as well as physical, chemical and biological climate processes.


From water cycle changes to the human influence on the climate system, the report evaluates the where we find ourselves today.


In 2021, the British Beauty Council launched the Sustainable Beauty Coalition (SBC) to help tackle the climate emergency. The SBC was formed as a result of the culmination of a year’s work that began with an independent sustainability report commissioned by the British Beauty Council to analyse the beauty sector and the consumers it serves.


“We have known for a while, certain beauty products such as plastic microbeads and deodorant aerosols aren’t good for the environment, but as an industry we have yet to acknowledge by the very nature of growing, making, consuming and then, disposing of our beauty products we are actively contributing to the climate emergency. Put simply, beauty must switch from being part of the problem to becoming part of the solution by eliminating all petrochemicals from our supply chain, switching to ethical and sustainable farming practices growing organically grown ingredients, banning animal testing and moving to a business model that cares for our planet rather than seeing her as a resource to plunder.
This is important. This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sixth assessment report (AR6) was released. Compiled over the past four years it is the first major IPCC review to specifically focus on when the world might pass the 1.5C and 2C warming levels and it doesn’t make for easy reading. If we are to limit temperature rise to only 1.5C we have to act now and swiftly.”

– Jayn Sterland, Chair of the Sustainable Beauty Coalition


Read the full report here.

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