The world has become increasingly dependent on the soap industry.
And it is growing.
For the first time, the world is using more than half the world’s soap, with a whopping 85 per cent of the global supply.
But are we ready for the future?article What is the world coming to?
It is easy to imagine that there will be a shortage of soap when the world has just about enough soap.
But what is going on to make this happen?
There are two main factors: the demand and the supply.
Demand, or demand for soap, is the amount of soap that people are using each day.
And supply, or supply of soap, determines how much soap is actually being used.
So far, the supply has been pretty steady.
But the demand has been growing steadily.
And we have been seeing a huge increase in the amount that people use.
In 2015, for example, more than 5.6 billion bottles of shampoo and conditioner were used.
By 2020, that number is expected to grow by more than 20 per cent, and in 2030, by about 5 per cent.
What will this mean for the environment?
According to the UN’s International Energy Agency, we are now using around 5.8 billion tonnes of water each day in the global production of soap.
That’s enough to make a large city like Toronto (population 8.4 million) almost double its population.
In 2050, the number of people in the world will increase by more that 20 million.
And that will only continue.
We are already seeing the results of this in the environment.
According to UN Environment, in the United States, the production of shampoo is increasing more than 10 per cent every year, and by 2020, the use of shampoo will be more than 7.3 billion tonnes.
By 2050, it will be 4.5 billion tonnes, and then it will increase another 10 per% every year by 2035.
It is not only the demand that is increasing.
The amount of land being cleared to make soap is also increasing.
In 2017, the United Nations estimated that global demand for shaving soap rose from 4 billion tonnes to more than 6 billion tonnes in 2020.
The World Bank predicts that demand will grow by 15 per cent by 2050, with global demand accounting for about 70 per cent (7 billion tonnes) of global production.
And the world needs to keep shaving soap on the shelves of supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies and bars as much as possible.
The world’s economy is also growing, especially in China, where it has grown by a remarkable 25 per cent per year since 2010.
But it has also grown by around 3 per cent a year in the past three years.
This means that there is a growing gap between demand and supply in the economy, which means there will also be a growing supply gap in the supply chain.
We have a supply-side issue here.
And there is also a demand-side problem.
We need to have a global soap supply chain, so that we can meet demand and have a sustainable supply of the soap that is needed in the developing world.
But we also need to do that in a sustainable way, so as to avoid the huge environmental problems that are currently happening, and to make sure that we have an environment that is just as green as it is in the developed world.
But it is the supply that is growing in the US, Canada and Europe.
According the World Resources Institute, global demand of soap is set to reach 9.2 billion tonnes by 2020.
This is an increase of 20 per and 5 per per cent respectively.
In 2025, the demand will be 12.7 billion and 6.5 per cent higher.
In the US alone, the industry is projected to add $1.7 trillion to the economy by 2030, with demand expected to increase from $1 billion to $4.4 billion per year.
Demand for shaving and conditioners, as well as shampoo, will also rise by a further $500 million per year by 2030.
According with the US Department of Energy, by 2050 the amount required to supply the global soap industry will be $15 billion.
The world’s demand for conditioners is expected grow by around $100 million per annum by 2020; and demand for shampoo by around a quarter to $10 million per month by 2020.*This story originally appeared on The Globe and Mail.