Sustainability Beauty Award
The winners of the inaugural Sustainable
Beauty Awards were announced at a dedicated awards reception in Paris
last week. Attended by over 160 executives, the awards reception
honoured operators making a valuable contribution to the sustainable
development of the beauty industry.
Award winners were chosen from three finalists, selected from over 100
international entries. Reflecting the diverse nature of sustainability,
the winners comprise dedicated natural & organic cosmetic firms, as well
as multinationals involved in finished products and ingredients. The
2013 winners and runner-ups by award category are…
The winner is L’Oreal USA – Garnier for its beauty brigade programme
which diverts beauty packaging from landfill. Working with Terracycle,
the programme has collected 2.5 million pieces of packaging waste and
upcycled it into new products. Organic Monitor commends the programme
because of the high environmental footprint of packaging waste, which
comprises a third of household landfill waste.
The Greek company Apivita is sustainability pioneer runner-up because of
the social impact of its pastilles project. In partnership with Medicins
Sans Frontiers, Apivita launched sweet pastilles in 2012 with all
proceeds given to social causes.
Weleda is winner of the sustainability leadership award because of its
value-creation model. Since 1921, the Swiss company has spearheaded a
number of projects that cover various aspects of sustainability.
The flavours & fragrances multinational Firmenich is runner-up for its
holistic approach to sustainability, which involves partnering with NGOs
The award winner is France-based Laboratoires Expanscience for the
reduced packaging footprint of its Mustela range of baby care products.
By deploying the ecodesign approach, it is removing about 60 tonnes of
plastics from product packaging.
The Irish company You Organic Skincare is runner-up for the low
environmental footprint of its novel packaging. It uses aluminium foil
packaging pouches for its organic body care products.
International Flavors & Fragrances is winner with LMR Rose Water
Essential. The ultra-concentrated material has a significantly lower
ecological impact than traditional rose waters.
AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry is runner-up with Recentia serum. Produced
by Zeta Fraction technology, the material is produced by a novel
sustainable processing technique.
Jasmin Aromatique is winner with its range of certified organic beauty
products. The Australian company received high ratings for its organic
skin care formulations. Bulgaria-based Alteya Organics is runner-up with
its line of rose water-based skin care products.
The Sustainability Beauty Awards were launched by Organic Monitor to
recognise sustainability achievements of operators in the beauty
industry. Speaking at the awards reception in Paris, Amarjit Sahota
(founder and president of Organic Monitor) stated: “As well as giving
industry recognition, we hope the awards will inspire others in the
beauty industry to take the green road.”
The awards reception took place on 21st October at the Paris Marriott
Champs Elysées hotel, hosted alongside the European edition of the
Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. Pictures of the awards reception can be
Sustainability 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 inaugural
awards reception was hosted on 21st October at the Paris Marriott
information is available from the
Plum Organics Targeting UK Market
US baby food producer Plum Organics is to launch three of its ranges
into the UK for the first time.
A Greek-style yoghurt line, organic wholegrain mixes and wafer snacks
will launch in November. Plum Organics entered
the UK earlier this year when it acquired local firm Plum Baby.
Plum Organics was itself purchased by US food giant Campbell Soup Co.
The products are "unique" to the UK market, Plum said, and will launch
in Tesco stores in the first week of November and roll out to the other
multiples in January.
The Greek-style yoghurt blends will be available in three variants:
raspberry & spinach; mango & carrot; and kale & apple. Each 85g pouch
has an RRP of GBP0.99 (EUR 1.19).
The wholegrain blends are also available in three flavours: gluten-free
courgette, banana & amaranth; plum, non gluten-free strawberry and
Barley; and gluten-free blueberry, parsnip and buckwheat. Each 100g
pouch has an RRP of GBP0.99 (EUR 1.19).
In addition, Plum is launching a Little Yums line of wafers, designed as
a between-meal snack. With an RRP of GBP2.49 (EUR 2.99) for a box of six
individual serves, the wafers are free from added sugar and salt, and
dissolve easily in the mouth. They come in two variations: pumpkin and
banana; and spinach, apple and Kale wafers.
"We're on a mission to ban the bland in baby food and are really excited
to launch these best-selling products from the US as part of this
journey," said Plum MD Scott Wotherspoon. "With most baby food on the
market being watery, over-sweetened and tasteless, Plum is bucking the
trend with innovative recipes and ingredients."
All the recipes feature a contemporary new pack design which will be
rolled out across the entire Plum range in 2014. The new look focuses
heavily on the ingredients in each of the recipes and features clear
Plum Organics is looking to expand its presence in
the organic baby food market. Unlike the US market however, the UK
market is saturated with established brands. With multinationals active
with their organic lines, it may take Plum Organics several years to
make a significant dent in this market.
Breaking Through the Green
Source: Just-Food / Organic Monitor
World's First Fair Trade Phone Launched
Fairphone has been unveiled as the world’s first fair trade smartphone.
It is marketed as the most ethically sourced device on the market.
The Fairphone smartphone is the product of the
company’s campaign for fair wages and working conditions for
people working in the supply chain for smartphone manufacturers.
Product manager Miquel Ballester decided that making a smartphone would
help the campaign, especially as the company is working together with
pressure groups to ensure the phone is fair-trade.
“The whole point of the Fairphone social enterprise and the campaign
that came before it is to intervene on the ground where the problems
have originated,” explained Ballester. “It’s only as a manufacturer that
you’re playing by the same rules as the big brands. Then you can have
Several smartphone manufacturers, including giants like Apple and
Samsung, have been criticised for rumoured links to conflict zone
sources for their smartphone supply chains.
Armed militia groups are manning mines in countries like the Democratic
Republic of Congo where large smartphone manufacturers source materials
like tantalum, tin and tungsten, and those groups are reaping the
Created from tin and tantlum, the materials for the Fairphone are
extracted from conflict-free mines in South Kivu in the eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo, meaning none of the profits go towards
“With the classical social auditing of manufacturers that’s been done
for the past 20 years, you can tick a few boxes and earn a
certification, but once you turn around and leave the factory there’s
nothing to stop things from changing,” added Ballester, explaining the
FAirphone isn’t 100 per cent fair-trade. “For us, it’s about creating a
business environment that favours ethical treatment from the outset.”
The Fairphone has a 4.3-inch screen of unknown resolution and runs a
modified version of Android. There’s a dual SIM card slot, and it can be
opened by consumers who want to tinker with its hardware.
Available from December, the Fairphone will be priced
in the UK market at GBP 272
(EUR 326). Already,
nearly 15,000 units of the device have been
The launch of the first-ever fair trade phone is
applauded. Initially starting from agricultural commodities, the fair
trade concept has expanded from coffee, tea to processed foods and
recently, jewellery and furniture. The move to mobile devices taps into
demand for ethical technological goods. The
question is what - if any - are the limits to the fair trade concept? If
there are no limits, then what is around the corner?
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