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Royal Society of Chemistry, London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA

Speaker Jacques L’Haridon PhD,
L’Oréal Research & Innovation France 
Manager of Predictive Environmental Evaluation Team,
Environmental Research and Sustainable Development Department 

Synopsis Climate change consequences, persistence of chemicals in the environment and biodiversity loss call for a change in the way we approach product development. The future of innovation for cosmetics, as for any industry, lies in a sustainable approach at every step of the life cycle.
Innovating sustainably needs a strong and long term commitment at every level of the organisation, the development of scientific knowledge and tools to evaluate environmental and social impacts in order to eco conceive new products, enabling the various actors of the organisation to speak the same language and participate collectively to sustainable innovation. 
picture of L'Oréal Research & Innovation graphicL’Oréal has conducted life cycle analyses to measure the environmental impacts of its products for many years. All this knowledge has been used to create an eco-design tool aiming at improving the environmental profile of formulas, while maintaining or improving the cosmetic performance. This tool is connected to SPOT (Sustainable Product Optimisation Tool), the Group’s product evaluation tool used by the product development teams in order to improve the environmental and social profile of all our new products. Based on the life cycle approach, SPOT uses normalisation and planetary boundaries concepts to weigh and aggregate in the most relevant manner the various impacts of a product. 
Many internal studies highlight the water footprint as one of the major impacts of formulas on the environment, in particular once the product has been used by the consumer. L’Oréal’s formulation teams therefore focus on improving the profile of new formulas in two ways: improving their biodegradability and reducing their water footprint. 
The principles of these tools and examples of eco-conceived products will be presented.

picture of Jacques L’HaridonBiography 
Jacques L’Haridon is a Biologist and Ecotoxicologist. He gained a PhD in Ecotoxicology from the University of Toulouse III in France and undertook post-doctoral work in Ecotoxicology at the Saint-Lawrence Centre in Montreal, Canada. From 1995-1998 he coordinated the multidisciplinary scientific research programme at Seine-Aval, University of Rouen, France then moved to CIT (Centre International de Toxicologie) in Evreux, France from 1998-2007 where he was Manager of Ecotoxicology Laboratory . In 2007 Jacques joined L’Oréal Research & Innovation’s Environmental Research and Sustainable Development Department in Aulnay-sous-Bois,France as Manager of Predictive Environmental Evaluation Team. This team performs environmental assessments of all raw materials used in L’Oréal’s cosmetic formulas in order to: 1. select innovative raw materials by taking into account their environmental profile; and 2. provide knowledge needed for eco-designing our new commercial products.

Time 6.30pm Refreshments & networking; 7pm Lecture


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