Who’s leading sustainable beauty? Sustainable Beauty Award winners revealed

By Lucy Whitehouse

- Last updated on GMT

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The winners of the 2018 Sustainable Beauty Awards were announced at a dedicated reception last week in Paris.

The awards give recognition to organisations pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry, and Ren Clean Skincare, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Weleda are some of the names who took home awards on the night.

The Sustainable Beauty Awards take place as part of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Europe, organised by Ecovia Intelligence​. Find our report of a presentation by P&G on zero waste to landfill here​.

The winners and runners up for 2018 are as follows:

New Sustainable Product

Winner: PharmMatt (France) with Frescoryl Toothpaste in Tablet.

Launched in 2017, the innovative toothpaste can be used without water and brushing. As well as having low water and packaging impacts, the formulation comprises natural ingredients.

Runner-up: Apivita (Greece), with its Pindos Wild Herbs Body Care range. The socially responsible products help fund literacy projects in the Pindos villages of Central Greece.

Other finalists were Aveda Feed My Lips™ Pure Nourish-Mint™ Lipstick (USA), Hair O' Right Goji Berry Lucent Intensifier Serum (Taiwan), and Trash Hero Love Refillable Beauty Products (Switzerland).

Sustainable Packaging

Winner: REN Clean Skincare (UK).

REN is this category’s winner for using ocean plastic in its Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash. Launched in August, the product has 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic bottles that comprise 20% ocean plastic.

Runner-up: Hair O’ Right (Taiwan) is the runner-up for introducing a renewable shampoo bottle pump this year.

Its professional hair care products are packaged in renewable packaging materials. (Hair O’Right pictured above.)

Finalists in this award category were Boticario Group (Brazil), L'Oreal Source Essentielle (France), and Plantioxidants (USA).

Sustainable Ingredient

Winner: Clariant Active Ingredients (Germany) is winner with Eosidin. The natural active is extracted from green citrus unshiu from Jeju Island.

Eosidin is designed to target atopicprone skin and hypersensitivity triggered by indoor pollution.

Runner-up: Advonex International Corporation (Canada) is runner-up with Entrada. The plant-based materials replace petroleum-based carriers in cosmetic & personal care formulations.

Other finalists in this category were Ashland (USA) with Harmoniance™ Biofunctional, Sensient Cosmetic Technologies (France) with Natpure® Xtra Grape OP40, and SEPPIC (France) with EmoGreen.

Sustainability Pioneer

Winner: Neal’s Yard Remedies (UK) is the winner for its carbon management and biodiversity programmes.

The company celebrated 10 years of being carbon neutral this year, and has implemented a number of ethical sourcing projects that support biodiversity.

Runner-up: Weleda (Switzerland) is runner-up for developing and implementing the UEBT “Sourcing with Respect” certification scheme.

The Boticario Group (Brazil) and Hair O’Right (Taiwan) were finalists.

Sustainability Leadership

Winner: Weleda (Switzerland) is winner for implementing a range of sustainability initiatives, involving raw material sourcing, biodiversity & conservation, green formulations, packaging, CSR & corporate philanthropy, and social impacts.

Runner-up: Neal’s Yard Remedies (UK) is runner-up. The carbon neutral company has a green manufacturing facility, novel sustainable packaging, uses organic ingredients, and involved in various CSR initiatives.

Other finalists were Apivita (Greece) and Symrise (Germany).

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