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


Laurie GerrishSustainability & Compliance Manager at Orean

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 LCA from a Beauty brand perspective. 

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 Leveraging bioeconomy solutions within a circular economy strategy, introducing ‘fully compostable’ packaging and other novel plastics replacement uses.

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. 



Speaker Bio:

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