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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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
the owner of the Bigbox,
has bought a 25% stake
in Girlyanda organic food store chain, for
RUB 15mn (EUR 0.25
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.
Source: Delovoi Peterburg
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.
Going Green to Access
the Brazilian Beauty Market
Source: Cosmeticos BR