Saving Sharks One Sugarcane Skincare Line At A Time
Our beauty no longer needs to come at the price of our oceans
Four mass extinctions have failed to do what our craving for cosmetic products just might: wipe out sharks. Despite spreading their biological blueprint across 512 species, and occupying the planet far longer than trees, sharks are being killed off at a rate of up to eight percent per year—in large part for the curative organic compounds found in their livers. Used in cosmetics and vaccines, squalene is a natural moisturizer we start to lose in our 20s, and that, to the detriment of our scaly friends, is found in bulk within their organs. In hopes of foiling their demise, cosmetics company Biossance has launched a skincare line that derives its squalene from sugarcane.