Sustainability was the main theme at the National Beauty Science Institute’s panel Wednesday held at the New York Academy of Medicine.
The daylong event, which brought together 400 students from 10 universities, including New York University, Columbia and Parsons, focused on educating students on ways to make the beauty industry more sustainable.
Panelists, consisting of some of the industry’s top experts,  discussed how their companies are striving for more sustainable practices and how they’d like to further their initiatives.
“Seventy percent of perfumery ingredients used are petrochemical based,” said Achim Daub, global president of scent and care at Symrise AG, during his panel discussing ways that innovation drives sustainable beauty. “That’s not necessarily bad, but the issue obviously is that it’s not sustainable because the world’s oil resources will not last forever, so as an industry we have a responsibility to minimize the use of petro-based ingredients.”
Daub went on to discuss three key ways to increase sustainability in the beauty industry, specifically in perfumery: green chemistry, converting bio-waste into value and equitable sourcing of natural materials. He stressed that these three ways will drive efficiency, minimize the use of water and minimize waste, which all in turn will increase sustainability.
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