Sustainable Sourcing of Materials & Packaging Seminars

16:00 - 16:30

Connecting the Cosmetic Sector to Palm Oil Smallholders: Challenges and Opportunities

We will investigate why, in a science-based industry, there is still so much room for interpretation, and what this means for the future.


More than 3 million smallholders and small-scale farmers make a living from palm oil globally. While their farmlands are small compared to industrial plantations, smallholders account for about 40% of total global palm oil production, making smallholders significant contributors towards a sustainable oil palm industry. In order to support the Smallholders journey towards sustainability RSPO has developed the Independent Smallholders Standard (ISH) aimed at increasing the inclusion of smallholders into the RSPO system through a mechanism which takes into consideration the diversity in challenges and situations faced by smallholders globally, together with their varying needs and concerns. When Smallholders get certified they can sell their material via physical supply chain or virtually via the RSPO ISH credits.  The complexity of the oleochemical sector, with many actors along the supply chain, makes the Credits system a viable solution to many companies who want to incorporate sustainability principles into their purchasing strategic plans. During the presentation RSPO can highlight the challenges of the smallholders and why it is important to support them as well as presenting in detail the supply chain models and RSPO credits system.


16:30 - 17:00

The power of silicones in Beauty: What is the Science telling us

Silicones are a broad family of synthetic polymers that take numerous forms.

Silicones have a long-standing history of safe use in personal care, health care and other consumer product applications because they make existing materials work better, more efficiently, longer and more reliably.

However, unclear and confusing information around the impact of silicones on the planet and on human safety have caused consumer concern. With data, we want to bridge the gap and lead a courageous and transparent science-based dialogue.

Silicones are derived from quartz stone which is made from silicon and oxygen. Silicon is the second most abundant element on the planet after oxygen, it’s found in quartz and even in certain plant husks. Silicones can be degraded in the environment through multiple natural mechanisms like hydrolysis and photolysis. Silicones are one of the most extensively studied class of materials.

Most of silicone polymers used in personal care products are non-GMO, chemically inert and non-reactive bio compatible ingredients. None of their components are derived from animals, meaning silicones are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free by default. Their unique chemistry resists oxidation and they typically do not cause skin irritation or have any allergen or drying effects. They are commonly used in barrier creams to prevent skin sensitization to allergens.


17:00 - 17:30

Sustainable Cosmetics – are green beauty routines fixing the industry for people and planet or is it clever marketing cashing in on customer perceptions in a climate emergency?


17:30 - 18:00

Glycolipids – a new era in natural cleansing

Consumers all over the world are showing a growing interest in all-natural products, reflecting the trend towards sustainability, well-being and leading a healthier lifestyle. As a result, people are paying more attention to the products they are consuming, and natural ingredients are most commonly associated with being pure, safe and sustainable. However, consumers who demand eco-friendly and natural cosmetic products have had to accept compromises in terms of performance so far, especially in the area of cleansing products where identifying high performing, fully natural ingredients has proven to be particularly difficult.

A breakthrough in industrial biotechnology has recently enabled the commercial production of nature-identical rhamnolipids by fermentation in high purity from sugars as a 100% renewable feedstock. Moreover, the sugars used for the production of the glycolipids are exclusively from agricultural resources traceable to the plantation site.

The glycolipids combine unprecedented environmental compatibility with high performance in various formats and applications: RHEANCE One provides maximum mildness without compromising on effective cleansing, while generating a dense, copious and creamy foam quality with a pleasant soft touch.

The Glycolipids from Evonik open up a new dimension for formulating sustainable and natural cosmetics – even for the most demanding skin types