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Program Overview

The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit comprises a 2-day conference and an interactive workshop... 


Thursday 4th May: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Best-Practices

Session Two: Novel Green Ingredients

Friday 5th May: Day Two

Session Three: Market Segmentation

Session Four: Sustainability in Packaging


Wednesday 3rd May: Pre-Conference

Workshop: Lowering Environmental Impacts


Detailed Program

Thursday 4th May: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Best-Practices

The opening session will give an update on sustainability, highlighting industry best-practices. After an update on sustainability, an international brand of organic cosmetics gives insights into how it is addressing its social impacts.

Agricultural raw materials are now widely used in cosmetic & personal care applications, however their use is raising environmental, social and traceability issues. The true cost of such materials will be explored, whilst details will be given of a novel traceability scheme. A cosmetics multinational will share its experiences in approaching sustainability.

The session adjourns with a discussion on the social value of cosmetic products. With most cosmetic and ingredient firms giving priority to environmental impacts, what can be done to improve social impacts? Featured speakers will give their perspectives on this pressing sustainability issue.


Session Two: Novel Green Ingredients

The range of green materials for cosmetic & personal care products is widening. This session gives an update on green cosmetic ingredients, highlighting novel sources. An industry expert highlights the role of biomimicry: what are the key lessons from nature's design and processes? the following paper looks at the use of tobacco as a sustainable source of cosmetic ingredients.

New technologies for the extraction and processing of plant materials will be explored, as well as a discussion on the integrity of natural ingredients. To conclude, the panel will debate the sustainability of green materials. As cosmetic ingredients come from diverse green sources, assessing the environmental and social credentials of raw materials is becoming more complicated. What are the key issues when assessing the sustainability profile of such materials?


Friday 13th May: Day Two

Session Three: Market Segmentation

Natural & organic personal care products continue to gain popularity. The US has the largest market for such products in the world, with the market share approaching 10 percent. This session covers major trends and developments in the US market, placing emphasis on segmentation: the market for natural & organic personal care products is becoming increasingly segmented as brands launch products for specific consumer groups and / or applications.

The latest market data and trends are provided for the global market for natural & organic beauty products. The potential of vegan cosmetics is explored, followed by papers on natural ingredients for anti-pollution, and the potential of the millennial consumers. With greenwashing prevalent in the beauty industry, a legal professional discusses the regulatory framework for marketing claims. The session adjourns with featured speakers debating the future of natural & organic beauty products.


Session Four: Sustainability in Packaging

This session looks at the various ways cosmetic and personal care companies can adopt sustainable packaging solutions. Details are given of the ecological damage caused by packaging waste, followed by approaches to measure the environmental footprint of product packaging. The use of sustainable materials and eco-design approach is explored, followed by examples on how brands can close their packaging loops. Case studies are given of brands that have been successful in addressing their packaging impacts. What are the key lessons for other brands looking at sustainable packaging?


Wednesday 3rd May: Pre-Conference Workshop

Workshop: Lowering Environmental Impacts

This workshop aims to help cosmetic & personal care brands and ingredients firms gain a better understanding on how to measure and reduce their environmental footprints. 

The first part of the workshop gives a general introduction to the use of metrics to measure environmental impacts. Details will be given on the product life-cycle and the contribution of raw materials, production processes, distribution & logistics, consumption and post-use. The second part of the workshop will highlight various ways to reduce these impacts, using practical examples.


Please contact us to get the detailed summit program.


Organized by:

Ecovia Intelligence Ecovia Intelligence

Powered by:

Croda AAK

Supporting Organizations:

Cosmebio Ecocert group

Media Partners:

Euro Cosmetics HPC
Premium Beauty News Happi
Cosmetics Design World Press Online