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Summit to discuss sustainability implications of the use of food ingredients in cosmetics

The growing use of foods in cosmetic and personal care products, as well as the related marketing, technical and sustainability issues, will be featured in the Latin American edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. The event will take place in São Paulo on 28-30 September 2015 at the Pullman São Paulo Ibirapuera. As for the previous editions, the summit will bring together the main regional organizations involved in the beauty industry’s sustainable development.

A wide range of food ingredients are making their way into cosmetic and personal care products. Organic Monitor finds the trend is driven by consumer demand for health and wellness products, however it brings sustainability implications. With many consumers associating food ingredients with health benefits, such cosmetic products are usually marketed on these ingredients.

Some raw material firms are developing novel actives from food sources. One example is ReGeniStem™ Red Rice, which is derived from Himalayan red rice material. Produced by Lonza, the natural active is marketed as having anti-ageing qualities. However, according to Organic Monitor, this development raises many sustainability questions, including concerns about food insecurity. Organic Monitor believes part of the solution lies in sustainable extraction methods and the use of food by-products.

Since 2009, the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit has been covering sustainability issues in the cosmetic and personal care industry. The international series of summits now takes place in the major geographic regions of the world.

For more information on the summit’s program, please click here.

Note: the summit will be in Portuguese and English with simultaneous translation.

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