The following excerpt is from Mind Body Green.
In a world of waste, we welcome upcycled ingredients.
"Food waste is one of the largest issues facing sustainability today. The last available data suggests that about one-third of all global food is wasted or discarded per year—in America it is 40% of all food. But it's not only the waste itself that's the problem. There's the emission footprint that goes along with it: Most wasted food ends up in landfills, where it generates methane, a greenhouse gas that is up to 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
Upcycling writ large has become a popular way to reduce waste, from packaging to fabrics and fashion to home goods. The idea itself is simple: Instead of discarding used goods or byproducts, the items or ingredients are given a second life. And in the case of beauty products, that means ingredients extracted from food waste are formulated into the creams and serums you apply to your skin.
There's Kadalys, a beauty brand that uses banana bioactives. According to the brand, some 22 million tons of bananas are thrown away simply because they are "ugly" or misshapen, every year. (Food waste isn't just about the stuff you may not finish or toss when it goes bad—it's an industrywide problem as suppliers won't sell foods that aren't aesthetically pleasing, even if they are otherwise fine.) This brand, founded by Shirley Billot, extracts their actives from these otherwise ignored bananas. To great effect, we may add—bananas are chock-full of phytosterols, polyphenols, vitamin E, and omega-6s and 9s. And the formulas are ECOcert and COSMO certified."
The Musalift Day Cream is highlighted as "The Best in Clean Beauty"
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