‘Sustainability is not a slogan’ panel discussion

by | Sep 5, 2019

Sustainability is a hot topic in the beauty industry. Growing concern about environmental issues such as climate change and plastic pollution is driving demand for eco-friendly beauty products. People are more aware of ingredients that can have a potential effect on their health and demanding transparency from companies about what their products contain.

The beauty industry is getting the message and many brands are taking steps to become more sustainable. But what does a sustainable beauty industry mean? And how do companies make sure sustainability efforts are more than skin deep?

London Beauty Week is proud to host this panel discussion of how sustainability is more than a slogan. Moderated by Anna Marie Solowij, the panel brings together industry-leading experts in sustainability – Jayn Sterland, David Alpert and Anna Teal – to explore what sustainability means for the beauty industry and what makes a business or product truly sustainable.


“We are facing a crisis on a scale we simply do not understand and seem oblivious to the damage our actions are taking on the planet. Sustainability should underpin every action of each and every one of us.”

Jayn Sterland, Weleda UK & Ireland managing director[/four_fifth]

Companies are realising that building sustainability into their business strategy is both the right thing to do and good business. Studies show that embracing sustainability can enhance brand image, increase sales and drive customer loyalty.


“Firms need to understand the market of the future. Consumers are demanding something more from businesses than profit, and they will punish companies which fail to deliver.”

David Alpert, managing director of iiaa[/four_fifth]

Done right, sustainability impacts on every area of a business: sustainable sourcing of ingredients, ethical business practices, thoughtful packaging, robust energy and waste management processes.


“Sustainability is increasingly important to consumers. Soon it will be an expectation, not a choice.”

Anna Teal, global CEO of Aromatherapy Associates and the Refinery[/four_fifth]

Book your ticket today to get the latest insights into this important issue.

The event takes place on September 12 at the London Beauty Week Hub at 13-14 Floral Street in Covent Garden. Doors at 5:30pm with panel discussion from 6-7pm.

100% of the ticket price will go to Beauty Banks, a non-profit that redistributes personal care and beauty products to help fight hygiene poverty. You will also be able to bring your product donations on the day.

The Panel

Jayn Sterland (panellist)
Managing Director, Weleda UK & Ireland<strong:

Jayn Sterland had a successful career in fashion before joining green beauty pioneers Weleda in 2008, where she was appointed managing director in 2016.

An inspirational sustainable business leader and lifelong environmentalist, Jayn has continuously championed sustain ability in business, sharing the company’s near-century of knowledge through her daily work, both as a public speaker and columnist.

An energetic activist for social and environmental responsibility and a committed campaigner for cleaner beauty, Jayn has once again been voted into the industry Top 25 ‘Who’s Who in Natural Beauty’ where she has featured since 2013, enjoying the No.1 position for the past three years.

Jayn speaks regularly at national and global events about ‘honest beauty’ and the need for the beauty industry to clean up its act when it comes to greenwashing and the use of harmful chemicals within products.

David Alpert (panellist)
Managing Director and Co-Founder of the International Institute for Anti-Ageing [iiaa]

A dedicated business entrepreneur, David successfully pioneered and established the iiaa with a clear strategic vision to empower skincare professionals to deliver the very best results for their clients. Today iiaa is the third largest provider of skincare in the UK professional beauty sector and has a significant export programme in over 16 countries across the globe.

Dedicated to driving environmental change, David is a keen diver and marine photographer, and has participated in a wealth of expeditions overseas to photograph marine life in remote parts of the world.

These experiences led David to implement change in his own business, transforming a wholly-owned skin supplement brand into a completely clean labelled product, eliminating plastic pots in favour of paper-based packaging that uses vegetable inks for printing and source materials that are 100% recyclable and easily biodegradable.

Anna Teal (panellist)
Global CEO of Aromatherapy Associates and The Refinery

Anna Teal is a business leader with 20 years of general management, commercial and business development experience in beauty and personal care products.

Anna is responsible for Global Business Development within the Walgreens Boots Alliance Global Brands portfolio as well as being on the Advisory board for the British Beauty Council.

Anna has a passion for brands with purpose, developing leading teams and a winning mentality through partnership.

Anna Marie Solowij (moderator)
Beauty journalist, brand consultant and co-founder BeautyMART

Anna Marie Solowij is an award-winning beauty journalist with 30 years’ experience on publications including Marie Claire, ELLE, HN Harvey Nichols magazine and from 2002, British Vogue, where she helmed the prestigious title’s beauty department for six years.

Inspired while writing a long-running column for the Financial Times, she proposed a more editorial approach to beauty retail that broke brand rules and price barriers. The result was BeautyMART which she co-founded with Millie Kendall in 2011.

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