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How Covid-19 impacts sustainability in the natural cosmetics industry

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The Corona pandemic has worldwide impacts on the natural cosmetics industry, which will be discussed at the 12th Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. © Pexels / cottonbro

The Corona pandemic has changed the way consumers buy and how they use cosmetic products as well as it has changed the whole industry from raw materials supply to the distribution of products. The resulting challenges and opportunities for the industry will be discussed at the first digital European Sustainable Cosmetics Summit on 2-5 November 2020.

At the twelfth edition of the European Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, organized by Ecovia Intelligence, stakeholders from the cosmetics and beauty sector will discuss the influence of Covid-19 on the natural cosmetics industry. The organizer's aim is to encourage sustainability in the beauty industry by bringing together key stake-holders and debate major industry issues in a high-level forum.

Key issues of the summit:

  1. Skin health and the human virome 
  2. Natural ingredients for skin immunity
  3. Evolution of sustainability issues  
  4. Disruption of raw material supply
  5. Upcycling food ingredients
  6. Sustainable palm oil & rainforest ingredients  
  7. Social value of cosmetics
  8. Retailing implications
  9. Marketing to the post-COVID consumer

Key speakers at the conference:

  • Amarjit Sahota, Ecovia Intelligence, on “Coronavirus Crisis and Sustainability Implications”
  • Anne Marie Fine, Fine Natural Products, on “Natural Ingredients for Skin Immunity”
  • Stefan Siemer, Weleda, on “Improving the Social Value of Cosmetics”
  • Michael Bronner, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, on “Encouraging Social Justice & Corporate Activism”
  • Richard Eyles, Forestwise, on “Sourcing Rainforest Ingredients: Case Study”

Who can attend?

  • Cosmetic brand owners and manufacturers
  • Chemical, raw material and ingredient companies
  • Retailers & distributors
  • Packaging companies
  • Industry organisations
  • Certification & inspection agencies
  • Academics, researchers  & consultants
  • Investors & financiers
  • Other stakeholders

Sustainable Beauty Awards 2020

Alongside the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, the Sustainable Beauty Awards will be co-hosted digitally on 3 November 2020. The aim of the award-presentation is to give recognition to cosmetic and related firms who are pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry.

The award categories:

  • New Sustainable Product – a new cosmetic or personal care product with some important sustainability credentials
  • Sustainable Packaging –  a new packaging format that has low environmental footprint in terms of production method, design and/or materials
  • Sustainable Ingredient – a cosmetic ingredient that makes a difference in terms  of environmental and/or social impact
  • Sustainability Pioneer – an operator that is a leader / pioneer in some aspect of sustainability
  • Sustainability Leadership – an operator that leads in various aspects of sustainability

Register here


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