Sustainable Beauty: Circular by Design - applying LCA to the beauty and personal care product industry - Hosted by Cosmetics Cluster UK (CCUK)

Time & Location

Wednesday: 12.00 to 13.20, Stage 2

Hosted by:

Cosmetics Cluster UK (CCUK)

About this Session

How and why the cosmetics and personal care industry needs to be at the forefront of life cycle analysis practices from ingredient supply, to formulation design, to end of life/environmental fate, to zero waste concepts. During this session, CCUK will host feature presentations from contributors representing the cosmetics industry value chain, followed by a Q&A panel.

12:00 Welcome

Speaker. Gill Westgate, Director CCUK

12:05 Introduction to the session.

Speaker. Professor Rachael Rothman, University of Sheffield.

12:15 ‘Illustrations of sustainability improvements in cosmetics/beauty products in the No.7 Beauty Company’

Speaker. Steve Owen, No 7 Beauty Company

12:25 From raw materials impact to choosing the right packaging, the importance of LCA in manufacturing.

Speaker. Laurie Gerrish, Orean

12.35 ‘Nature-based packaging – Present and Future’

Speaker. Sunny Ubale. Flex-Sea

12.45 Towards more sustainable cosmetics through Green Chemistry.

Speaker: Professor James Clark, Addible and University of York

12:55 Summarising comments from Chair

Professor Rachael Rothman and Q&A / panel discussion.


Gill Westgate

Gill Westgate

Director CCUK

Professor Rachael Rothman

Professor Rachael Rothman

University of Sheffield

Steve Owen

Steve Owen

No 7 Beauty Company

Laurie Gerrish

Laurie Gerrish

Sustainability & Compliance Manager at Orean

My name is Laurie Gerrish, I studied my undergraduate in Chemistry ( B.A) at the University of Poitiers in France, and recently graduated from the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership in Business Sustainability Management (with Distinction).

I started my career as a development chemist for a construction company in America and later moved to their UK office. After this I moved to Yorkshire to work in the cosmetic industry as part of the regulatory team and have progressed to become the sustainability manager for Orean Personal care. My role in the company is to lead carbon neutral and BCORP certification amongst other sustainability projects.

I will be talking about the importance of LCA in manufacturing. From raw materials impact to choosing the right packaging In my talk I will also discuss how credentials like BCORP help us as a manufacturer to demonstrate to our clients we are doing the right thing and align with

Sunny Ubale

Sunny Ubale

Commercial Lead - Flex-Sea

Professor James Clark

Professor James Clark

Addible and University of York

Prof. James Clark is Chair and Director of the Green Chemistry company Addible.

He is also Professor of Chemistry at the University of York where he founded the world-leading Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence and more recently the Circa Renewable Chemistry Institute. He is also a Chair Professor at Fudan University in China. His areas of interest are broadly around the practical application of green chemistry inventions to major societal and industrial challenges including safer chemicals and reduced waste. His research work and his work on education has led to numerous awards including Honorary Doctorates from universities in Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Sweden as well as prizes and honours from the RSC, SCI, ACS and EU including the 2021 European Sustainable Chemistry award.