Organic Monitor Launches Summit in Latin America, Brings Event Back to Asia

Organic Monitor is bringing its Sustainable Cosmetics Summit to Latin America. Held in São Paulo Sept. 24–26, 2012, the summit tackles major business and technical issues associated with green cosmetics and sustainability. Focal themes of the inaugural Latin American edition are biodiversity and ethical sourcing, sustainable ingredients and marketing best-practices.

Among the presenters, ingredient supplier Beraca’s Daniel Sabará will provide a case study on how sustainable sourcing can create positive social impacts, and Judi Beerling of Organic Monitor, in an interactive workshop, will examine the technical and formulation issues associated with using a palette of green ingredients. The two largest Brazilian beauty companies, Natura Brasil and Grupo Boticario, will share their experiences in meeting the ecological and social challenges.

Held in Hong Kong, Nov. 12–13, 2012, the second Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit will explore sustainable packaging, alternatives to animal testing methods, green formulations, environmental impacts, halal cosmetics and ayurveda in cosmetics.

A growing number of green brands, according to event organizers, are targeting the Asian market, however research shows distribution is a major obstacle to market entry. To help overcome this obstacle, the Distribution Best-Practices session highlights possible entry routes. The use of concept stores will be discussed. Apart from the half-day workshop, a number of seminars cover methods to reduce the packaging footprint of beauty products. Karli Verghese from RMIT University, Australia, will explore the various ways beauty companies can adapt their packaging for sustainability, and Judi Beerling will undertake a workshop on formulating with green preservatives, emulsifiers and surfactants.

To learn more about the naturals market and the challenges and solutions to natural formulating, register for Cosmetics & Toiletries’ online video education course, Developing Natural Cosmetic Formulations. Led by Judi Beerling and Art Georgalas, this course features nine different lessons that will afford new and seasoned chemists alike the opportunity to learn all about the raw material palette and practical aspects of constructing natural personal care products for this growing segment of the industry. Visit for more information.

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