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2014 Sustainability Beauty Award Winners Announced


Russia: Bigbox Owner Invests in Organic Food Retailer


Brazil: Surya Expands Range and Opens NY Store




2014 Sustainability Beauty Award Winners Announced

Organic Monitor has announced the winners of its international Sustainable Beauty Awards. The awards give recognition to organisations pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry. Reflecting the growing diversity of sustainability, various types of organisations are award recipients.

About 140 international executives attended the Sustainable Beauty Awards reception at the Paris Marriott Champs-Elysées on 24th November. From about 100 entries, winners and runner-ups were selected per award category...

Sustainability Pioneer
Cruelty Free International is the winner for its global campaign to end animal-testing methods for cosmetic and personal care products. The organisation was instrumental in pushing for the EU ban, and is now campaigning for legislative change in China, Brazil, the US, and other countries. Organic Monitor commends the organisation for raising awareness of animal-testing methods at the global level, as well as promoting alternative methods.

Neal’s Yard Remedies is runner-up for its sustainable sourcing projects and carbon neutral retailing. As well as setting up sourcing projects for organic and fair trade ingredients, all its concept stores are certified carbon neutral. Finalists for this award category were Asia Plantation Capital and Surya Brasil.

Sustainability Leadership
Aveda is winner of the sustainability leadership award. Since its formation in 1978, the American firm has pioneered many sustainability projects, involving raw materials, production, packaging, renewable energy, waste management and CSR.

Runner-up is Whole Foods Market. Apart from its various green initiatives, the natural & organic food retailer receives recognition for its body care standards, which have encouraged many brands to ‘clean up’ their formulations. Other finalists were Jurlique International and Yves Rocher.

Sustainable Packaging
The French company Laboratoires Nuxe is the winner. It has used eco-design approach to reduce the weight of its Nuxe face care jars by 75%, giving significant reductions in energy use, resources, as well as lowering its environmental footprint.

Surya Brasil is runner-up for using green plastics in its Sapien Women range. By replacing conventional polyethylene with sugar cane-based ethanol, its packaging captures carbon dioxide during the production process. Finalists in this award category were Organic Essence and Pangea Organics.

Sustainable Ingredient
AAK is the winner with Lipex SheaLight, which replaces silicones or synthetic esters in personal care formulations. Since it is produced from shea oil, the functional material has both environmental and social impacts.

Mibelle Biochemistry is runner-up with PhytoCellTec nunatak. The anti-ageing active is sourced from an ‘ice age plant’ by sustainable processing methods. Finalists were Induchem with Biogomm’age, and Berkem with saponins extracted from Opilia celtidifolia leaves.

Green Formulations
Two Australian cosmetic brands topped this award category. Abaché Organics (Greenlab Organics) is in first place with its range of professional organic hair care products. Zk’in by Pure & Green Organics is runner-up. Both brands received high green ratings for their certified organic product ranges. Finalists were Erbaviva and Less is More (LIM Cosmetics).

Sustainability Lifetime Achievement
The late Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients, received the first sustainability lifetime achievement award. Receiving the award at the reception, Kieran Stordalen, his wife and business partner commented: “this is a great tribute to Horst’s passion to make positive change”. Widely recognised as a sustainability visionary, Horst Rechelbacher passed away in February this year.

Pictures of the awards reception can be viewed at

About the Sustainable Beauty Awards
Organised by Organic Monitor, the aim of the Sustainable Beauty Awards is to give recognition to cosmetic and related firms who are pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry. The awards reception was hosted on 24th November at the Paris Marriott Champs-Elysées. More information is available from

Source: News Release


Russia: Bigbox Owner Invests in Organic Food Retailer

Inna Meyer, the owner of the Bigbox, has bought a 25% stake in Girlyanda organic food store chain, for RUB 15mn (EUR 0.25 million).

According to the SPARK system, Ms Meyer owns 100% in the Bigbox company, currently building a chain of discount food stores under the same name.

Girlyanda has five organic food shops in St.Petersburg, with one more to open soon. The retail chain is about RUB 65-70mn (EUR 1.10-1.2 million). The management plans to open 12-15 more shops in St.Petersburg and Moscow. Launching a new shop costs RUB 5-6 million in the former city and RUB 7-8 million in the latter city. Girlyanda also plans to launch its first catering enterprise, Girlyanda Steak Shop & Show restaurant in Saint-Petersburg.

Related Report: #7003-40 The Global Market for Organic Food & Drink

Source: Delovoi Peterburg



Brazil: Surya Expands Range and Opens NY Store

The natural cosmetics company Surya Brasil has launched a shave gel cream under its Sapien Women range. The product is made with ingredients from the Amazon forest such as cupuacu butter and pentaclethra macroloba, known in Portuguese as pracaxi oil. The formula also contains vitamin E, aloe vera and natural polymers that prevent dryness of the skin. The product won a Beauty with Conscience prize by US magazine Natural Solutions, and was runner-up in the sustainable packaging category in the 2014 Sustainable Beauty Awards.

In another development, Surya Brasil has opened a temporary lifestyle store in Manhattan's Bryant Park, in New York to showcase a selection of its products. Surya Brasil partnered with other Brazilian companies for this event, offering gift kits with Bambusa, a local craft company, and organic fashion firms Natural Fashion and Natural Cotton Color. The products include the Amazonia Preciosa skin and hair care range; Sapien Men, a male hair and body care range; Sapien Women, a hair and skin care range for women; Color Fixation, a hair colouring range; and its best seller henna powder and henna cream, a natural hair colour ingredient.

Related Article: Going Green to Access the Brazilian Beauty Market

Source: Cosmeticos BR / OM













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