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Programme Overview

The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit comprises four dedicated sessions and a training workshop...


Monday 4th November: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Best-Practices

Session Two: Green Materials


Tuesday 5th November: Day Two

Session Three: Marketing Update

Session Four: Sustainability in Packaging


Wednesday 6th November

Workshop: Reducing Packaging Impacts


Detailed Programme

Monday 4th November: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Update

The cosmetics industry is going green, with industry operators introducing a raft of sustainability initiatives. However, there are concerns that current steps are not going far enough to tackle pressing issues and that an overhaul of ‘systems thinking’ is required. This session gives an update on key sustainability developments, as well as some fresh perspectives.

To begin, the keynote speaker highlights the limitations of existing product design and linear models of consumption. An update is given on ethical sourcing & biodiversity, whilst a case study is given of a pioneering brand that is carbon neutral. The growing importance of social impacts is highlighted, followed by a sustainability case study from a leading cosmetics firm. The session adjourns with the panel discussing approaches to close material loops.


Session Two: Green Materials

A wide range of green materials are now available for cosmetic & personal care products. The use of such ingredients however brings sustainability issues, such as integrity of supply, traceability and transparency. There are also questions about whether such ingredients spur innovation. This session gives details of new and emerging green materials, and discusses some of their related sustainability issues.

An update is given on common sustainability schemes, charters and standards for green materials. The use of blockchain technology to provide traceability and transparency in ingredient supply chains is discussed. Other papers cover novel green chemicals, food side stream ingredients, and natural glycols. To conclude, featured speakers discuss the various impacts of green materials. Does natural always mean better for human health and / or human health?


Tuesday 5th November: Day Two

Session Three: Maketing Update

This session covers marketing and consumer issues related to sustainable cosmetics. The opening speaker highlights the sustainability issues associated with packaging and consumer behaviour. Other papers cover Ayurveda in cosmetic products, waste-free beauty products, retailing for sustainability, and product design.

With unbridled consumption blamed for some of the planet’s problems, the case is made for a minimalist lifestyle. How can changes in our minds and lifestyle possibly lead to a more fulfilling greener life? Approaches to encourage responsible consumption are discussed, followed by a panel discussion on positive change. What can be done to persuade consumers to make greener choices and use products more wisely?


Session Four: Sustainability in Packaging

This session discusses the growing importance of sustainable packaging for cosmetics and personal care products. Methodologies to measure the environmental footprint of packaging are introduced, followed by details of new sustainable materials. An update is given on the use of bioplastics, followed by case studies of green packaging solutions. Details are given of a new shopping platform that aims to make single-use packaging a thing of the past. To conclude, industry experts will discuss why packaging needs to evolve for a circular economy. How can cosmetic firms close their packaging materials loops? Is the way forward with sustainable materials or by removing packaging altogether?


Wednesday 6th November: Day Three

Workshop: Reducing Packaging Impacts

This workshop highlights the practical steps personal care & consumer product companies can take to reduce their packaging footprints.

The environmental issues associated with packaging materials will be discussed, as well as recycling rates and disposal issues. Details will be given on the life-cycle of product packaging, highlighting the differences between packaging materials. Using examples, the use of eco-design approach to lower impacts will be discussed. An update will be given on the growing array of sustainable packaging materials. Case studies will be given of brands / products that have been successful in reducing packaging impacts.


Please contact us to get the detailed summit agenda.

Organised by:

Ecovia Intelligence

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Gold Sponsors

Heinz Glas
EFP Biotek

Silver Sponsors


Supporting Organisations:

ICEA Soil Association Cosmebio
Eco Control Natrue BDIH
Ecocert group Febea
Société Française de Cosmétologie

Media Partners:

Euro Cosmetics HPC
Premium Beauty News World Press Online
Organic Market
Cosmetics design