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The cosmetics market has been generally environmentally friendly for a number of years, with production CFC aerosols and incidents of animal testing reducing significantly. However, there are still certain brands and chains which should be avoided. The major shift in the green cosmetics market occurred several years ago, but the market share is still increasing with a rise from £316,439,785 in 1999 to £341,506,836 in 2000, a growth of 8 per cent.
The key factors when purchasing a cosmetic product are animal testing and cruelty, rare species as ingredients and over-packaging. Wherever and whenever possible try to ensure that the cosmetic or toiletry product follows these simple guidelines:
Make sure that the product contains natural and non-toxic ingredients.
That they have not been tested on animals
That packaging is kept to an absolute minimum.
That the company has an ethical policy towards its workers and operations