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Program Overview

The next (Latin American) edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit will take place in S�o Paulo, 14-15th September 2016. The European edition will be hosted in Paris (24-26 Oct), whilst the Asia-Pacific edition will be in Hong Kong (14-15 Nov). The summits are designed for business, marketing and technical professionals in the beauty & related industries.

The North American edition (12-14th May 2016) of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit comprised a 2-day conference followed by an interactive workshop. View the summit pics here

 

Thursday 12th May: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Metrics

Session Two: Green Formulations
 

Friday 13th May: Day Two

Session Three: Marketing Innovations

Session Four: Ethical Labels Update

Session Five: Food and Cosmetics Convergence
 

Saturday 14th May: Day Three

Workshop: Formulating Functional Green Personal Care Products

 

Detailed Program

Thursday 12th May: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Metrics

The premier session discussed the growing use of sustainability metrics. Although cosmetic and ingredient firms are looking to reduce their impacts, there is some uncertainty as to what steps they can take. Some of the common approaches to measure and lower environmental footprints were featured in this session.

After the opening keynote, an update was given on the use of lifecycle analysis. Details were given on how cosmetic and ingredient firms can reduce their carbon emissions. Other papers covered economic impacts, Cradle-To-Cradle Design approach, and packaging impacts. The session adjourned with featured speakers discussing the practical use of metrics.

 

Session Two: Green Formulations

When addressing environmental footprints, the cosmetics industry has invested considerably in green formulations. Ingredient firms are developing raw materials with lower environmental impacts, whilst cosmetic brands are increasingly using natural ingredients. This session covered important developments in green formulations, placing emphasis on specific product groups.

Most natural ingredients are used in skin care products, partly because of functionality. The opening speaker discussed the use of such ingredients for anti-ageing, skin whitening, and related applications. Other speakers covered organic sun care products, sustainable processing methods, and green exfoliants.

 

Friday 13th May: Day Three

Session Three: Marketing Innovations

This session gave an update on recent marketing developments for green cosmetics. An ethical cosmetics brand highlighted the marketing and distribution obstacles it faced in the North American market. A major Canadian food retailer gives insights into its sustainability initiatives, whilst findings were presented on the green consumer: what do they look for in natural beauty products? What are the motives to buy natural products? Guidance was given to brands looking to reach the green consumer.

 

Session Four: Ethical Labels Update

The number of ethical standards and labeling schemes is proliferating in the cosmetics industry. Initially launched for natural & organic products, new schemes are emerging to represent safe formulations and / or some sustainability aspects. This new session covered important developments in North America. At the end of the session, panelists discussed the future outlook for ethical labels: can we expect more labels or is some level of rationalization on the horizon?

 

Session Five: Food and Cosmetics Convergence

This session discussed the growing use of foods and cosmetics for beauty purposes. A medical expert stated the importance of nutrition for healthy skin and general well-being. How can changes in diet influence one's appearance? What vitamins and minerals provide skin nutrition? Another industry expert looked at the advent of nutricosmetics: nutritional supplements for beauty applications.

With a growing number of food ingredients making their way into cosmetic applications, proceeding papers covered recent developments. A pioneering company gave details o how it is using clean technology to develop fruit-based ingredients. Another paper discussed the formulation and technical issues of using food ingredients in cosmetic formulations. Marketing case studies were given of leading brands with food-based cosmetics. Featured speakers formed a panel at the end of the session to debate the sustainability issues when using food ingredients in cosmetics.

 

Saturday 14th May: Day Three

Workshop: Formulating Functional Green Personal Care Products

Following on from the green formulations session, this workshop tackled the major technical issues associated with green functional personal care products, such as natural / organic shower gels, hair styling products, sun care lotions, deodorants, etc.

Guidance was given on how to overcome the technical hurdles, including raw materials, preservation, product performance, and stability.

 

The summit materials (conference papers and workshop pack) are available for a professional fee. Click here for further details.

 

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