Sustainable cosmetics tops the agenda at industry event

By Guy Montague-Jones

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Related tags: New jersey, Cosmetics, Personal care, Sustainability

The Personal Care Products Council is digging into sustainability at the upcoming Science Week event in New Jersey with a dedicated workshop.

Cosmetic scientists and industry leaders are invited to gather at the Marriott Hotel in Newark, New Jersey, on October 20-24 to attend workshops and meet exhibiting companies.

The workshops cover a range of topics relevant to decision makers and scientists including microbiology, quality assurance, safety, colors and INCI.

Added to the list of workshops this year is a conference on sustainable cosmetics.

The Council’s Environmental Committee has invited speakers from industry and government to discuss the most relevant environmental topics facing the industry.

Life cycle analysis, green chemistry and carbon footprints will all be on the table at the Environmental Workshop.

For cosmetics companies looking to deliver on promises of sustainable products there are few shortcuts. All areas of product development are implicated from packaging to formulation and manufacture.

The aim of the science focused conference is therefore to provide a broad range of talks that tackle the breadth of the subject and equip scientists, regulators and other industry players with the means of creating greener products.

Aside from the workshop at Science Week the Environmental Committee has recently sent out a survey on sustainability to members who distribute finished product.

The multiple choice survey on topics such as energy, packaging, recycling and product development is designed to help establish a point of reference on sustainable practices for cosmetic companies.

The results of the survey are expected to be available in November 2008 to members who complete the survey by October 9.

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