Cosmetics Business : Fragrance – Building a sustainable future

Fragrance – Building a sustainable future



Natural problems and economic issues can lead to availability and price fluctuations in the fragrance raw material supply chain. But solutions like concentrated and slow release technologies offer hope for the future


Although fragrance sustainability is becoming a much more widely discussed topic in the industry, challenges still remain. Jo Jacobius talks to Tony Dallimore, immediate past Chairman of IFRA UK about where he sees the market moving

For the fragrance sector, sustainability in its widest sense is crucial to ensure the continuance of the safe enjoyment and creation of fragrance. And sustainability is at the heart of everything Tony Dallimore, immediate past Chairman of IFRA UK, does. Even in his home life, he says the only food by-products that are sent to waste are eggshells. Everything else is composted or recycled.

Dallimore is Perfumery Director of Phoenix Fragrances. He brings this passion for recycling, reuse, energy saving and care for the environment to his work life too. He’s proud of the way his company approaches the need for sustainability and he is also pleased with the way that IFRA UK and its members are taking a responsible path to both human and environmental safety and well-being. He explains that, for him, this isn’t learnt behaviour due to recent trends but an ingrained attitude.

Asked about how he sees the changes in the industry since he set up his company with business partner Alan Parry in 1987, Dallimore says that he feels that IFRA UK has done much to improve regulations and set standards, getting everyone on board despite being fierce competitors. Increasing the membership has been key to uniting members in this way.

He became a member of the IFRA UK (then the British Fragrance Association) Executive 12 years ago and says that at the time there was a very loose link with IFRA globally. The global nature of business means that so many aspects, sustainability issues included, are best tackled with a broad perspective even if the details must often be managed at a micro level.

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