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


Professor James ClarkAddible and University of York

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:

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.