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Journey to the Rainforest: How to Respect Biodiversity in Cosmetics

How can we capture the inspiration of natural ingredients while still respecting biodiversity? Top brands like Unilever include respect for biodiversity as a critical business target and consumers say they want sustainability more than ever. But how can we achieve this in practical terms? Can sustainability can be the key to success in cosmetic chemistry?

To find out, we journey to Latin America, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, through a conversation with John Jimenez. Jimenez is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Cosmetics & Toiletries of USA, and is currently a senior Exploration scientist with Belcorp.

Innovative Ways Your Brand Can Reduce C02 Emissions

Reducing your company’s carbon footprint is one of the most critical steps towards real impact. One strategy is carbon offsets, a method of compensating for the emissions of C02 made elsewhere. Today, we learn more about this and other carbon reduction strategies in a conversation with Brian McFarland, Senior Vice President of Carbon Offset Projects, at the Carbon Fund.

Nicole Acevedo: Even Traditional Brands and Suppliers Can Go Clean, Part 2

The Clean Beauty journey is different for everyone. Indie brands have a clean slate, while traditional brands may adjust formulations or ingredient sourcing strategies. Meanwhile chemical suppliers may feel pressure to bolster their clean profile. How can we reconcile these stages? In this two part series, we discuss strategies for embracing a spectrum of clean beauty approaches. Our guest, Nicole Acevedo helped design the clean framework for Beautycounter, which was recently valued at over $400 million. Acevedo now helps other brands create clean and sustainable beauty through her firm, Elavo Mundi Solutions.

Nicole Acevedo: Even Traditional Brands and Suppliers Can Go Clean, Part 1

The Clean Beauty journey is different for everyone. Indie brands have a clean slate, while traditional brands may adjust formulations or ingredient sourcing strategies. Meanwhile chemical suppliers may feel pressure to bolster their clean profile. How can we reconcile these stages? In this two part series, we discuss strategies for embracing a spectrum of clean beauty approaches. Our guest, Nicole Acevedo helped design the clean framework for Beautycounter, which was recently valued at over $400 million. Acevedo now helps other brands create clean and sustainable beauty through her firm, Elavo Mundi Solutions.

The Latest in Cosmetic Safety Regulations

New fast-growth brands like Beauty Counter and Biossance, and clean retailers like La Follain are setting their own “clean” standards. Meanwhile, new legislation in California that passed the senate but failed to pass the state assembly could have set a defacto national standard for 17 plus billion dollar US cosmetics industry around ingredient transparency. We look back at what could have been with a conversation with Mollie Jensen, safety advocate and sustainability expert. Jensen is the Head of Product Sustainability, Compliance & Communication with Biossance and Pipette, and has been both a corporate and community expert on how to build the founding pillars of clean beauty brands.

Can Hollywood Mainstream Clean?

Hollywood has a major influencer over consumer decisions especially in color cosmetics. One look can define purchasing decisions for years to come. Can this influence on the screen and behind the scenes be a voice for clean beauty? In this episode, we speak with oscar award winning make up artist and clean beauty advocate, Michele Burke, the make up artist behind block busters such as Mission Impossible 4, Bram Stokers Dracula, Jerry McGuire, and Quest for Fire, to explore if Hollywood could be the next frontier for promoting clean beauty.

How to Turn Weekly Meetings into C02 Reductions

In this episode we examine how day-to-day projects can make major impacts to reduce C02 and improve safety in supply chain management by speaking with Surjit Gill, Sr. Director of Supply Chain and Wendy Goldsby, Sr. Director of Environmental health & Safety at Amyris

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