Brazil is richly endowed in terms of land and nature. This country with the fifth biggest land area in the world haswidely differing climate zones and huge biodiversity. This makes Brazil not only a significant exporter of agricultural products but also an important supplier of raw materials for cosmetics and the home of companies active on the international stage in plant-based cosmetics. Alongside nature-based brands, an increasing number of firms producing certified natural cosmetics are experiencing growing demand. Karin Heinze met Jens Schmitt who, together with his partners from Labophyto Italy, is planning to produce organic make-up and certified decorative natural cosmetics for both the domestic market and export. (With video interview)
(Picture: Brazil is one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world. A whole array of exotic plants are used in the production of natural cosmetics.)
The number of organic consumers is rising and food produced by environmentally friendly method become more popular.
This year, the Lübeck producer-consumer cooperative called EVG Landwege can look back on 15 successful years.
The Soil Association has published its Organic Market Report 2014, revealing growth of the organic sector by 2.8% in 2013.