After a four-year absence, the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit returns to North America this spring. Hosted in New York City on 4-5th May, the executive summit will feature green materials, new technologies, and marketing.

For the first time, the summit will discuss how sustainability is encouraging innovation in the beauty industry. How are green materials creating novel cosmetic & personal care products? What new ingredients are emerging from upcycling and the Blue Amazon? How is artificial intelligence helping create sustainable products? What innovations are happening in waterless products and deodorants? Such questions will be addressed in this edition.

The climate emergency is putting pressure on cosmetic companies to reduce their carbon emissions. Sarah Bloch from the Carbon Disclosure Project will explain how operators can decarbonize their raw material supply chains. She will show how cosmetic and ingredient firms can measure and reduce scope 3 emissions. Ellie Reed will explain how the Climate Neutral certification scheme is gaining traction; over 40 cosmetic & personal care brands have adopted the standard.

At the recent UN Biodiversity conference, 195 countries made a commitment to protect 30% of land and water by 2030. An industry expert will discuss the implications of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, especially in terms of sourcing of cosmetic ingredients. The L’Occitane Group will explain how it is tackling biodiversity loss with its nature-positive strategy. The company has committed to source all its plant-based ingredients from sources that work in biodiversity-positive ways by 2025.

Various speakers will cover the role of green materials in helping the cosmetics industry move to circularity. Wanvisa McGinnis from Cosun Bio-Based Experts will speak about how the company is creating functional ingredients by upcycling waste from beet sugar production. Apoena Biotech will highlight the opportunities from the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha. The Brazilian company is sourcing novel actives from the ‘Blue Amazon’, considered one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.

Discussions will also cover the disruptive influence of new technologies on sustainable cosmetics. Kripa Varanasi, CEO of LiquiGlide, will show how its frictionless technology is helping cosmetic companies move to zero waste systems. The new technology has been adopted by Colgate-Palmolive, Swiss American CDMO, Mibelle Group amongst others. Other speakers will cover plant cell technology, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, captured carbon molecules, and mapping supply chains.

The final part of the summit will give case studies of sustainable product innovations. A leading brand will share its experiences in developing waterless cosmetics: solid shampoos, moisturizers and related products. Greg Laptevsky will discuss how his Myro brand is disrupting the deodorants market with its sustainable refillable products. Hedy Scheck will highlight developments in microbiome-friendly products. Starting from skin care, an extensive range of microbiome-friendly products are now being launched. Shane Price, CEO of Green Circle Salons, will discuss practical approaches to move hair salons towards circularity.

Sustainable Cosmetics Summit North America
4-5th May 2023
Westin New York at Times Square
New York City, NY