SCS Paris: New Technologies and Green Materials to be showcased in Paris

By Lucy Whitehouse

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SCS Paris: New Technologies and Green Materials to be showcased in Paris
The European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit will feature green materials, new technologies, and marketing developments.

For the first time, the executive summit will look at the disruptive influence of new technologies on cosmetic formulations and marketing.

Organised by Ecovia Intelligence, the summit - full details here​ - will be hosted in Paris on 5-7th November.

Sustainability Update: Croda, P&G and more

The opening session covers the broader sustainability issues in the beauty industry. Kurt L. Nübling, CEO and Co-Founder of Primavera Life, will give a keynote on “Cosmetics for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

Primavera is one of the pioneering natural cosmetic & aromatherapy companies in Europe. It is involved in a number of ethical sourcing projects and its purpose-built headquarters in southern Germany has been carbon positive since 2011.

Hannah Pitts from the Natural Capital Coalition will introduce the concept of natural capital, how it can be measured, and its implications to cosmetic and ingredient firms.

Chris Sayner from Croda will give an update on sustainability reporting best-practices.

P&G has made a pledge to have all its manufacturing sites zero waste to landfill. Jacques Euler, Beauty Sustainability Program Leader at P&G will give insights into how the cosmetics multinational is undertaking waste reduction programmes.

Grupo Boticário, one of the largest cosmetic companies in Latin America, will share its experiences in tackling sustainability. What are its key environmental and social priorities, and how do they vary from European companies?

Kew: Green Materials insight

Monique Simmonds from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, kicks off the Green Materials session.

She will give details of new botanical actives that are making their way into personal care products.

The Royal Botanical Gardens is renowned as one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, having around 7 million dried plants and over 19,000 living plant species.

DuPont will explain how food side streams are becoming a rich source of cosmetic ingredients. Other topics include sustainable ingredients for hair conditioning, ethical alternatives to plastic microbeads, and bio-based polymers for personal care products.

The session adjourns with industry experts discussing solutions to common green formulation hurdles.

New tech driving sustainability

Session 3 looks at how New Technologies are having a disrupting influence on production, processing, supply chains, and marketing of cosmetic products.

Elodie Mauger, International Sales and Product Manager, Mibelle Biochemistry, will show how plant cell technology can be utilised to create novel actives.

Its MossCellTecTM material is based on the protonema culture of the moss Physcomitrella patens. Another speaker will highlight the use of new technologies to create vegetable oils from sugars.

The potential of blockchain technology will be discussed, whilst another speaker explores the use of artificial intelligence for customisation of beauty products.

The panel discussion will involve speakers debating the transformational effect of these new technologies.

Marketing developments: is vegan really worth pursuing?

The final session discusses the latest Marketing Developments associated with sustainable cosmetics. Oliver Gothe, CEO of Fair Squared, will explain how the vegan trend is permeating into the personal care industry.

He will introduce vegan labels and outline the re-formulation challenges when removing non-vegan ingredients.

With growing interest in skin biomes, Marie Drago from Gallinée will show how natural skincare products can maintain healthy skin eco-systems.

Silvija Špehar, Co-Founder of Hemptouch, will outline the opportunities provided by cannabis-based ingredients in personal care products.

Other topics include cosmetic sustainability claims, changing consumer lifestyles, and targeting the millennials.

Co-hosted alongside the European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit is the 2018 Sustainable Beauty Awards.

Taking place on the evening of 6th November, the awards reception will honour those who are pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry. Find more info on the event here​.

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