The next European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, the annual event organised by Organic Monitor, will be held in Paris, 18-20th October 2010, and will focus on methods to reduce the environmental and social impacts of beauty products.

The Summit’s opening session will explore the various sustainability activities beauty companies can undertake. Professor Michael Braungart, founder of EPEA International, will illustrate how the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) design approach can be used to measure and reduce environmental impacts. Rainer Plum, founder of Tautropfen will highlight positive case studies of CSR and corporate ethics in the beauty industry. Brazilian supplier of cosmetic ingredients, Beraca will show how ethical sourcing can have a positive impact on social communities and the environment.

The “Green Formulations” session will aim to tackle some of the leading ingredient and technical issues, whilst the “Sustainable Packaging” session will look at various methods to reduce the packaging impact. The potential of biopolymers in beauty packaging applications will be explored by Mirel Bioplastics. Other papers cover eco-packaging designs, reusable packaging and novel applications.

The third session will discuss “Marketing and Distribution Innovations.”

Furthermore, sustainable packaging will be the subject of an interactive workshop on day three of the programme. While another plenary workshop will focus on one of the most contentious issues in the cosmetics industry: the role of parabens as preservatives.