The winners of the inaugural Sustainable Beauty Awards were announced at a dedicated awards reception in Paris last week. Attended by over 160 executives, the awards reception honoured operators making a valuable contribution to the sustainable development of the beauty industry.
Award winners were chosen from three finalists, selected from over 100 international entries. Reflecting the diverse nature of sustainability, the winners comprised of dedicated natural and organic cosmetic firms, as well as multinationals involved with finished products and ingredients. The 2013 winners and runner-ups by award category are;
The winner is L’Oreal USA–Garnier for its beauty brigade programme which diverts beauty packaging from landfill. Working with Terracycle, the programme has collected 2.5 million pieces of packaging waste and upcycled it into new products. Organic Monitor commends the programme because of the high environmental footprint of packaging waste, which comprises a third of household landfill waste.
The Greek company Apivita is the sustainability pioneer runner-up because of the social impact of its pastilles project. In partnership with Medicins Sans Frontiers, Apivita launched sweet pastilles in 2012 with all proceeds given to social causes.
Weleda is winner of the sustainability leadership award because of its value-creation model. Since 1921, the Swiss company has spearheaded a number of projects that cover various aspects of sustainability.
The flavours and fragrances multinational Firmenich is runner-up for its holistic approach to sustainability, which involves partnering with NGOs and stake-holders.