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Fairtrade cosmetics make headway in India

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cosmetics are gaining a strong foothold in India. The global umbrella body for , Labelling Organizations International (FLO), issues certification to companies trading in products, which allows even local cosmetics companies to obtain ‘’ certifications for their products. guarantees minimum price to farmers, encourages sustainable practices and invests in social projects such as securing the rights of marginalised producers and workers. In India, expats and globe-trotting professionals currently drive the demand. As per FLO estimates, consumers spent 3.4 billion euros on products in 2009, a 15 percent increase over the previous year. UK’s handmade cosmetics company sells Fair Trade foot lotion in India, which uses fairtrade cocoa butter from The National Confederation of Dominican Cocoa Producers (CONACADO) in the Dominican Republic. “Just like consumers’ buying habits have changed over the decades, so has the consciousness. We have seen an increase in demand for ethical cosmetics, apparel, and coffee. However, pricing for such products remain a challenge,” says , Managing Director, , India.

Source: www.timesofindia.com