LOR is among the world’s largest cosmetics companies and has developed activities in the field of cosmetics, concentrating on hair colour, skin care, sun protection, make-up, perfume and hair care. LOR has a long-standing commitment in researching and developing alternatives to animal testing for human and environmental safety assessment of chemicals and mixtures. L’OREAL launched its “Sharing Beauty with All’ global sustainability program in 2013, setting out its 2020 objectives to reduce its environmental footprint, strengthen its positive social impacts and transform its operations and manufacturing activities. Since its creation in 1995, LOR’s Environmental Research Department has been working on method developments to assess the impact of cosmetic products on wildlife and ecosystems. This department is organized around two main sectors:
– The predictive environmental assessment pole, which evaluates the environmental impact of the products developed by the LOR Group, in particular by analysing their life cycle and their water footprint (combining products aquatic toxicity and biodegradability).
– The Eco-models pole, which develops and carries out ecotoxicity tests on different aquatic species representative of soft and marine water food chains: bacteria, microalgae, invertebrates and fish embryos. Some of these organisms (fish embryos in particular) are also studied as a predictive models of human toxicity and/or pharmacology or biological modelling.