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Cleaning up the detergents industry by sustainable development
The premier Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit was hosted in Paris recently and the consensus was that the cleaning products industry needs to take greater steps to address its environmental and health impacts...
For although there have been improvements in product formulations, there remain concerns about contentious chemicals.
"Major themes of this first edition were green ingredients, sustainability developments and marketing," reports Janina Wolfert from Organic Monitor, which organised the event.
"Workshops covered green surfactants and environmental impacts. For the first time, a summit discussed major sustainability issues affecting the cleaning products industry in a high-level forum."
The aim of the summit was to advance sustainability in the detergents industry by debating key issues in a high-level forum. It brought together key stake-holders in the cleaning products industry, including home care brand owners, manufacturers, ingredient & chemical firms, retailers & distributors, industry organisations & certification agencies, researchers & academics, investors, etc. to tackle some of the major sustainability issues in the cleaning products industry, such as:
- How can brands replace synthetic chemicals in their product formulations?
- What advances are there in green surfactants?
- What are the sustainability certification options for finished products?
- What can be done to encourage responsible use and sustainable purchases of cleaning products?
The summit comprised a conference programme followed by two interactive workshops:
Session One: Sustainability & Marketing Update
Session Two: Green Formulations
Workshop I: Advances in Green Surfactants & Emulsifiers
Workshop II: Reducing Environmental Impacts
The summit materials (including seminar proceedings and workshop packs) are now available for a fee.
The second edition will be hosted in Paris in November 2016. To request details:
10th December 2015