Green Consumer Products & Cosmetics – Boma Brown-West, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

“When we talk about products, there’s waste in terms of products too. Like what happens when… we’re done using it, when it fails, when it’s broken. Certainly there are things that consumer can do in terms of being more mindful of the types of products that they’re purchasing… But at the end of the day, I think the two main issues…sustainable packaging and …sustainable products……many of the decisions about the functionality of the product and the packaging… those are business decisions.”

Boma Brown-West on Electric Ladies Podcast

More and more consumers are demanding sustainable consumer products, from packaging to ingredients to the manufacturing process, including cosmetics. More and more companies are issuing corporate responsibility reports, and many have sustainable supplier agreements. Yet, all of this is still voluntary, so the data cannot be independently verified or compared properly, and companies can still hide the bad and the ugly. So, how can we tell what’s really in these products and how can we hold them accountable?

Listen to Boma Brown-West, head of Consumer Health at EDF+ Business, part of the famed Environmental Defense Fund, who is working with companies who genuinely want to reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chain in this enlightening interview with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson. (Electric Ladies was formerly known as Green Connections Radio.)

You’ll hear:

And much more!

“I would say that especially for mid-career women to go back to those key questions around what is the future that you want to see? And what role or roles, plural, do you think that you can play in it?…I think especially in this space, there are a number of places that we can and make a difference. It could be inside a company, it could be in an advocacy organization, it could be working on policy. There are many different ways to go about it.“

Boma Brown-West on Electric Ladies podcast


Read Joan’s Forbes articles here.

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