Natural, organic & environmental

Lauren Lamont wins Coschem Student Essay competition

Developing natural_and_organic_cosmetic_products_by_Lauren_LamontEach year, PHARMACEUTICAL & COSMETIC REVIEW judges essays written by Coschem Module 1 students, and presents an award to the winner. Lauren Lamont took the honours for 2012 with her paper entitled ‘Developing natural/organic cosmetic products - Balancing consumer expectations versus practical product development’. Download the 2012 winning paper here.

IMCD Group wins Lean & Green Star Award

Guido Smit with the G&LS AwardIn 2011 IMCD Group was the first, and remains the only, distributor to be awarded the prestigious Lean & Green Award. One year later IMCD Group is among a select group of 16 companies, out of an eligible 250, that successfully reached the set goals in order to be awarded the Lean & Green Star award. The Lean & Green award is given exclusively to companies that commit themselves to significantly reducing their CO₂ emissions, submitting a satisfactory action plan that is subsequently assessed and approved. Additionally, the Lean & Green Star award is given to companies that could demonstrate their fulfilment of the above mentioned targets. After review of IMCD’s carbon footprint for 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Group proved to have reached the objectives.

Stress in kids and teens

Stress does not only affect adults. Infants, toddlers and teens can be equally affected by stress, and its effects can impact overall health and day-to-day activities. Recent studies have revealed that men and women react differently to stress.

Children undergo rapid stages of growth both in body and brain. Behavioural, psychological and social growth can have an impact on stress in infants, toddlers, young children and teenagers. These developmental stages are marked by different points of growth and hormones associated with stress. Because stress is an inevitable occurrence for children and adults it is important to think about ways to modulate stress.

Stress and Cortisol in Kids and Teens Botanical Options for Support examines the best ways to minimise the effects of stress in children and the various types of botanical medicines that can be used in children and teens to help combat stress.

Download the PDF here.

European natural brands focus on distribution as growth rates slow

Natural and_organic_brands_focus_on_new_distribution_channelsNatural and organic personal care brands are focusing on distribution as growth in the European market slows. New research by Organic Monitor shows single-digit growth is occurring in the European natural & organic personal care products market for the first time this year. The growth rate has dropped from double-digits because of the debt crisis impacting retailers and consumer expenditure.

Ethical Sourcing and Rio +20

As the dust settles on the Earth Summit (Rio +20), there is a growing realisation that the private sector may have to take the lead in certain aspects of sustainable development, such as ethical sourcing and responsible consumption.

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