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Discover Sustainability

Discover Sustainability
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Discover Sustainability

May 7, 2019 (10:00am – 1:00pm)

Show Floor Presentation Theater – Complimentary Admission

Tom Branna, Editor-in-Chief, HAPPI

Track Overview

This theater program track contains quick, but powerful presentations focusing on green beauty, the state of sustainability, and sub-zero waste, to name a few.  Presenters include representatives from leading companies implementing these initiatives.



Tom Branna – Editor-in-Chief – HAPPI

10:00AM – 10:10AM

Learn all about sustainable solutions from companies leading the green initiative and “turning the world green.”

Sub-Zero Waste

Sarah Jindal – Senior Global Analyst, Innovation and Insights, Beauty & Personal Care – Mintel

10:10AM – 10:35AM

A whole new dawn is fast approaching for beauty and personal care brands. This is not just a trend; it’s a movement towards a ground-shaking new archetype for the industry. Some BPC companies are already discussing completely removing packaging from the equation. If brands don’t change their approach now, they will become insignificant. A bigger-picture focus is needed throughout the whole BPC industry supply chain for a true zero-waste mentality.

State of Sustainability: Successes, Failures and New Challenges

Giorgio Dell’Acqua – Founder – Dellacqua Consulting

10:35AM – 11:00AM

This session will highlight the results of the efforts by the cosmetic industry to develop and bring sustainability practice into product development. Learn of new avenues to expand sustainability into less developed areas such as biodiversity protection and social progress.

TerraCycle: Eliminating the Idea of Waste In The Beauty Industry and Beyond

Gina Herrera – U.S. Director – Brand Partnerships – Terracycle

11:00AM – 11:25AM

The recycling industry is exceptionally fragmented across the US and can often feel like a complex and daunting task to participate in. This session will highlight how cosmetic and beauty brands have worked with TerraCycle to engage directly with consumers to make recycling product packaging accessible and relevant. We’ll also look at what the world could look like if packaging waste was eliminated from the consumer experience all together.

Formulating with Natural Surface Treatments

Maitree Kanjilal – Staff Scientist – KOBO

11:25AM – 11:50AM

Due to the current trend of environmental sustainability, natural sun care products containing mineral UV filters are in high demand. Surface treatment of TiO2 and ZnO with natural Jojoba esters provides better wear, transparency and skin feel than the uncoated counterparts.  Formulation strategy and performance analysis will be shared.

A Novel Method to Assess the Rinsability of Haircare Products

Yingxia He – Lead Application Scientist – Croda

11:50AM – 12:15PM

As the world strives to become more sustainable, water consumption is becoming an important focus area, especially for regions with limited fresh water resources. To minimize water footprint in product development, while delivering benefits that consumers desire, a novel method was developed to assess the rinsing behavior of hair care products.

Cultivating a Sustainable Palm Oil Future

Prerna Chatterjee – Sustainability Marketing Manager – BASF

12:15PM – 12:40PM

An effective certification system and maximum transparency are key elements to improve the palm value chain. What systems are already in place to advance the industry, and what further steps must be taken? How can companies best engage smallholder farmers on the ground to improve both environmental and social outcomes? Join this session to explore core challenges and solutions, how the supply chain is transforming!

Wrap Up

Tom Branna – Editor-in-Chief – HAPPI

12:40PM – 12:50PM

Presenter Details

Tom Branna is VP/Editorial Director for Rodman Media. He has been with Rodman for more than 20 years, serving in a variety of capacities including editor of Happi. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University.

Dr. Yingxia He works for Croda where she is a lead application scientist. Her responsibilities at Croda include researching and supporting new product innovations and product claims on hair care products. Ying obtained her B.S. and M.S. in organic chemistry from Heilongjiang University, Harbin, China; and her Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC Canada. Ying started her industrial research with DuPont and has been with the cosmetics industry for more than ten years.

Gina Herrera is the US Director of Brand Partnerships at TerraCycle, a recycling company located in Trenton, NJ. She works with a number of global CPGs to create free recycling programs for consumers to help divert traditionally non-recyclable packaging from landfill, including beauty brands such as L’Oreal and L’Occitane. Prior to her work at TerraCycle, she spent the first part of her career in New York City working in fashion merchandising.

Giorgio Dell’Acqua, PhD, is a scientist and a communicator. Dr Dell’Acqua graduated from the University of Rome, Italy and worked for 15 years as an investigator in applied medical research in Universities such as Mount Sinai Medical School in New York and Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA.

He has spent the last 17 years as an executive and cosmetic scientist in the personal care industry. He is specialized in skin and hair care ingredients, finished product development and technical marketing. He has helped bring more than 200 successful active ingredients and finished products to market and has authored more than 60 publications in medicine and cosmetic science.
In the last 10 years he has been writing and lecturing on natural cosmetic ingredients and helped sourcing, developing and bringing to market many natural ingredients. He is an award winning speaker on natural ingredients and a regular columnist on sustainable cosmetic science. He is also the chair of the Scientific Affair Committee for the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists and its scientific blogger.

Maitree Kanjilal is currently a Staff Scientist at Kobo Products, Inc. Kobo is the leading Powder and Dispersion Specialist worldwide. Maitree started her career at Dow Chemical Corporations as a technologist. She later worked at Schwan Cosmetics USA as a Chemist for many years before joining the KOBO R&D team. Maitree received a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Calcutta (CU) with a specialization in Crystallography. She is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.

Prerna Chatterjee, Sustainability Marketing Manager at BASF, has devoted herself to creating business value through Sustainability. Through extensive research and industry interaction, she helps construct and map value chains for customers, identify and prioritize their issues, industry trends and benchmarking them on the basis of Sustainability. Prerna is a mechanical engineer and has a master’s degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, New York. Prerna has also been named to the 2016 GreenBiz 30 under 30 list which profiles the “best and the brightest people breaking new ground in the world of sustainable business.”

Sarah Jindal is Mintel’s Senior Innovation and Insights Analyst and has over 16 years of experience developing ingredient technologies for beauty and personal care companies. Having worked for a variety of companies over her career, Sarah has gained an in-depth understanding of the industry and draws upon not only her work experience but also degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, and Evolutionary Biology.