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Program Overview

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The 2021 North American edition of the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit comprised three dedicated sessions and a training workshop.

Tuesday 23rd March: Day One

Session One: Sustainability Update

Workshop: Sustainability Metrics
 

Wednesday 24th March: Day Two

Session Two: Green Ingredients

 

Thursday 25th March: Day Three

Session Three: Marketing Developments

 

Detailed Program

 

Tuesday 23rd March

Session One: Sustainability Update

Green issues are rising on the corporate agenda. Home care & cleaning product companies have realized they need to take concrete steps to address their environmental & social impacts. By the use of case studies, this session showed how operators can address their impacts.

The keynote speaker gave his views on the future role of sustainable cleaning. Other speakers cover impacts of COVID-19, ethical supply chains, and innovative packaging solutions. With growing interest in developing cleaning products for a circular economy, a brand shared its experiences in developing novel products. The subject was further explored in the panel discussion. How can home care & cleaning product companies close their nutrient loops?

 

Workshop: Sustainability Metrics

There is a growing realization that metrics can help operators on the green journey. Sustainability metrics enable environmental, social and financial indicators to be measured and communicated. They can help home care and related firms build effective sustainability plans and programs. They are also important tools in measuring impacts, operational efficiency, as well as communicating to stakeholders.

This workshop discussed the use of sustainability metrics. Approaches to measure and quantify common sustainability indicators were described. Using case studies, the use of metrics to formulate sustainability plans / programs / objectives was highlighted. The use of metrics to encourage innovation and the shift to a circular economy was also discussed.

 

Wednesday 24th March

Session Two: Green Ingredients

There are many drivers for the move towards green ingredients. Consumers are scrutinizing ingredient lists as they ask greater questions about the health & environmental impacts of products. There is also pressure from NGOs on cleaning product companies to remove contentious chemicals from their products. Sustainability is another driver, with many companies pledging to use sustainable feedstock and / or natural raw materials. This session gave an update on the growing array of green ingredients.

With concerns about ethical sourcing of natural ingredients, an update was given on fair trade sourcing and sustainable palm oil. Details were given on the use of bio-based surfactants for cleaning products. A leading brand of natural cleaning products shared its experiences in developing green formulations.

 

Thursday 25th March

Session 3: Marketing Developments

The pandemic is causing a major change in consumer behaviour, especially towards cleaning. Concerns about COVID-19 are creating a society in which hand sanitizers, disinfectants and detergents are becoming an integral part of our lives. The frequency and use of cleaning products is also rising because of homeworking and lockdowns. At the same time, consumers are asking greater questions about the health & environmental impacts of the products they buy. This session covered such developments with a green lens.

 

Read the outcomes of the summit here.

Organised by:

Ecovia Intelligence

Supporting Organisations:

Ecocert group
Green Seal

Media Partners:

Happi
HPC