Summit to focus on reducing environmental impact of ingredients and packaging

By Katie Nichol

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This year’s Sustainable Cosmetics Summit hosted by Organic Monitor is to explore ways to reduce the environmental and social impact of beauty products, with a particular focus on ingredients and packaging.

The event, to be held in Paris in October, will feature a variety of workshops and conference sessions featuring speakers from companies including Beraca, Aveda and CPL Aromas.

The summit will kick off with a look at practical initiatives that the beauty industry can adopt to become more environmentally-friendly, including ethical sourcing, offsetting carbon emissions and the implementation of CSR projects.

Focus on ingredients and packaging

According to Organic Monitor, research has shown that of all cosmetic components ingredients and packaging have the biggest impact on the environment, and hence this issue will be a key focus at the event.

The Sustainable Packaging session will see Mirel Bioplastics present papers on biopolymers and recycled and reusable packaging, while John Delfausse from Estée Lauder brand Aveda will discuss several of the company’s packaging initiatives.

Elsewhere, the Green Formulation session will focus on technical issues relating to the development of eco-friendly ingredients and formulations, with discussions covering the update of the Cosmos and NaTrue standards and the implications of the new European Cosmetics Directive.

The session will also discuss challenges related to working with surfactants, emulsifiers and natural actives in the development of green cosmetics.

A workshop led by Organic Monitor’s head of technical research, Judi Beerling, will complement this meeting by discussing paraban-free preservative systems.

European natural and organic cosmetics market

Organic Monitor will present an update on the natural and organic cosmetics market in Europe during the third conference session, entitled Marketing and Distribution Innovations.

Ido Leffler, the co-founder of Yes To Carrots, a company which has increased its reach to over 20,000 outlets since its launch in 2006, will explore challenges associated with expanding distribution.

The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit will take place on 18-20 October in Paris, France. More information about the event can be found here.

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