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The C&T Green Summit, held April 13, 2008, drew nearly 130 attendees from around the world to learn more about what it means to be green in the personal care industry. Attendees hailed form Australia, Spain, Belgium, Brazil ,Canada, Denmark, the UK, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the US.
Speakers Anthony Dweck, Laura Root, Tim Kapsner, Steve Schnittger and James Clark presented an interesting mix of opinions regarding how to approach this subject of green. Johann Wiechers served as the scientific adviser for the event. Industry feedback included:
-I really enjoyed the talk by Steve Schnittger on preservation. It gave a very factual perspective, describing the importance of safety and sharing some cautions of formulating with naturals. His presence on the panel was impressive.
-James Clark’s talk brought an interesting perspective to the panel. His approach noted that it’s all really just chemistry and he advised the audience to consider a material’s life cycle from beginning to end—i.e., how might it impact the environment once it gets there.
-I learned several new potential sources for natural ingredients that could be used in personal care from Tony Dweck’s talk.