Designing Environmentally Friendly Cosmetic Products - Formulations & Packaging Seminars

16:00 - 16:30

Responsible Beauty from Nature Inspired Sustainable Ingredients

Sustainability is at the heart of the many cosmetic manufacturers strategy and many adopted an approach that focuses on eco-friendly design in all aspect of their operation. The request for natural beauty products is growing all around the world as more and more consumers reject chemical-based formulations in favor of alternatives perceived to be better for them and the environment.

At Israeli Biotechnology Research, an IFF- Lucas Meyer cosmetics company, we believe that nature holds the solution and we always turn to nature when seeking ideas for skin beauty and wellbeing. We do so by studying botanical phenomena and matching these to challenges of skin aging and appearance. Our actives maintain the body’s healthy function, strengthen its defences against environmental aggressions, delay the signs of aging, and address other modern-day cosmetic challenges.

Nested at the heart of the middle east, Israel is a bridge between Africa, Asia and Europe with no less than four different geographical zones with climate ranging from semi-arid to temperate to subtropical. All of this makes Israel home to a stunning variety of plants. Mediterranean is characterized by two major environmental stress factors: relatively long period of summer drought and relatively mild and short winters. Both factors, trigger the generation of (photo)oxidative stress. Plants grown in the Mediterranean orchestrate an arsenal of structural, physiological, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms to withstand such environmental injuries presenting interesting potential source for bioactive molecules. We are proud to have our plant biomass grown locally, never destabilizing the endemic flora by irresponsibly harvesting from the wild and at the same time introducing the cultivation of new plants in a stable manner.

Sustainability is a major pillar in Lucas Meyer Cosmetics operation. From green conscious sourcing to the way the product is made. At Israeli Biotechnology Research we use locally and commercially cultivated biomass, grown next to the production site to reduce our carbon footprint. We have long term corporation agreements with local growers contributing to the local agriculture economy. We enjoy our partners expertise in advanced agricultural techniques, enabling thriving crops even in the arid Mediterranean weather. Minded about the environment and water usage our growers use advanced irrigation methods, organic practices or techniques that enable better pesticide control.

We use natural and environmentally friendly extraction methods, no use of chemical solvents or processing aid, no chemical waste is being generated and all biomass waste is being recycled as compost.

Israeli Biotechnology Research are committed to responsible sourcing and are continuously reviewing supply chains to ensure we are using the most sustainable ingredients. Committed to eliminating waste, we take any advantage to regenerative sourcing. Several of our products use waste of other industries (like food industry and herbal medicine industry) as starting biomass, providing a new revenue source to our suppliers.

In this talk we will exemplify our environmentally friendly product development approach through some of our Mediterranean inspired cosmetic solutions.

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16:30 - 17:00

Embracing Sustainability: Important Practices in Cosmetics

Sustainability has never been a more significant issue across industries, and cosmetic industry is no exception. Cosmetics, like all consumer products on the market, have an impact on sustainability throughout their lifecycle. Their entire supply chain, from raw material inputs, through manufacturing, packaging, distribution and wholesale, to retail, consumer use and disposal will leave a mark on the planet. These effects are not only environmental, but also social and economic, as sustainability is a multidimensional concept. With an increasing debate on sustainability, whether on news, reports or summits, there is a strong market trend to formulate more sustainable products. There are several factors that encourage the embrace of sustainability in the cosmetics industry, such as: climate change and greater dissemination and awareness of social problems caused by the industry; the consumer demand for more 'natural', 'green', 'organic' products associated with the idea that these are healthier; greater availability of sustainable ingredients from raw material suppliers; and legislation that requires the adoption of certain sustainability measures.

In this sense, the pressure to move in the direction of more sustainable patterns of pro­duction is ever-increasing. Earlier, there was a transition to natural and organic formulations, but currently producers also consider the responsible and ethical sourcing of ingredients as well as fair-trade, the resources used during manufacturing, the emissions and waste formation, the packaging potential for recycling and/or reuse, and the biodegradability of formulas. In summary, the aim of the companies is to reduce the environmental, economic and social impacts of cosmetic products by rationally using resources, avoiding pollution, contributing to economy and creating value in peoples’ lives.

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17:00 - 17:30

Eco-Responsible Formulating for the Beauty Industry

Formulating eco-conscious formulations for the beauty industry goes beyond the ingredients included but also relies on the consideration of the how the product is made and used by the end user.

As consumers re-evaluate purchases and favour products with eco-ethical considerations, how we put together formulations is more important than ever. This talk will examine how product formats, packaging-formulation interactions, formulation methods and multifunctional formulations can contribute to a more eco-conscious cosmetic product.

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17:30 - 18:00

Reducing the environmental impact of plastics used in cosmetic packaging through sourcing and design

The reliance on plastics for packaging face creams, cosmetics, and other personal care products is well known. This material is light, flexible, sturdy and can be used to manufacture innovative packaging systems at a low cost.  Products packaged in plastic can be more cost-effective as well as transported further and more easily than those packaged in heavy, delicate glass.

Changing consumer attitudes and greater environmental awareness, particularly of plastic waste is driving the sustainability agenda.  Businesses have a choice: change now or follow later.

But … there is more to integrating sustainability into cosmetic products and services than simply replacing currently used plastic material with often less effective non-plastic alternative materials.  Cosmetic companies need to think about consider the design, manufacture, choice of material, end of life and life-cycle assessment of their products and processes to decide what is best for their product.  Often, well designed and sourced plastic packaging provides the most sustainable approach.

This presentation will review the status of plastics used in the cosmetics industry, explaining how legislation is incentivising recycling, but not biodegradability.  It will explore highlight approaches for cosmetic companies have in making to develop more sustainable their plastic packaging more sustainable identifying potential pitfalls and opportunities.

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