The next North American edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit to be hosted by Organic Monitor in New York on 17-19th May will focus this year on sustainability metrics, formulations and packaging. Raw materials and packaging comprise the highest environmental impact of personal care products. Attendees will be able to learn about the different ways innovative cosmetic companies are measuring and reducing their environmental and social footprints. An update will be given on the palette of green ingredients including new emulsifiers and surfactants available to formulators today.

According to Organic Monitor speakers this year include Joby Carlson from the Sustainability Consortium, who will give an update on Life-Cycle Assessment methodologies for cosmetics; Susan Arnot Heaney, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility of Avon, will show how the company’s raft of sustainability programs is improving corporate efficiency; the leading Brazilian cosmetics company Natura, will share its experiences in carbon management tools, while Harriet Hentges from Ahold USA will give a retailer perspective on sustainability and how it relates to personal care products. Judi Beerling, head of technical research at Organic Monitor, will discuss the alternatives to parabens in cosmetic formulations in a dedicated workshop. Other speakers will cover the challenges of formulating functional natural skin care products, novel actives from developing countries, and natural ingredients for anti-ageing. The Summit will also offer a session on marketing and new distribution strategies for personal care products.

The Summits organized by Organic Monitor offer an amazing opportunity to learn about latest developments in the industry, reflect on common challenges and innovative solutions some companies are incorporating. In a pleasant atmosphere and with a tied but well coordinated agenda, attendees will definitely get valuable first hand information from peers and experts and enjoy further network opportunities. “The summit delves deeper into environmental footprints than previous editions. By placing emphasis on metrics, we want to show how environmental impacts can be measured and quantified for positive change”, states in a release Amarjit Sahota, President of Organic Monitor.