Large and small cosmetic and personal care companies are grappling with and investing in sustainability. This issue is becoming an integral part of the business of major beauty and personal care companies, according to Organic Monitor, a London-based research and consulting company that focuses on the global organic and related product industries.
The North American edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit will take place at InterContinental New York Barclay hotel on May 17-19, 2012. The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit
will discuss major issues companies face such as measuring the environmental footprint of their products. For example, many cosmetic companies like Procter & Gamble and L’Oreal are using lifecycle analysis (LCA) tools. However, they are discovering multi-ingredient personal care products often have complex footprints that are difficult to accurately measure, according to Organic Monitor. The lack of traceability in supply chains is leading new certification trading schemes to emerge. The Summit will also highlight privately-owned natural / organic cosmetic companies and their progress with sustainability.