L’Occitane’s ‘Green influencers’ enrich successful TR Sustainability Week event

By Charlotte Turner |

Jean-Charles Lhommet, Biodiversity & Sustainable Ingredients Director, and Marie Videau, General Manager for Research and Development.

L’Occitane’s ‘Green Influencers’, Jean-Charles Lhommet and Marie Videau.

L’Occitane Travel Retail says it was ‘delighted to participate’ in Travel Retail Sustainability Week 2022, the second annual virtual event which took place from 19-22 April to coincide, once again, with Earth Day.

 

TR Sustainability Week, the first and only trade event dedicated to sustainability, successfully generated a wealth of ideas for businesses striving to make progress on their respective sustainability journeys and provided an essential knowledge-sharing platform for all travel retail stakeholders.

 

Aside from exploring and championing the many sustainable initiatives being undertaken across global travel retail, the event also shone a spotlight on health and wellbeing, diversity, equity & inclusion as well as social responsibility.

 

Importantly, the event brought together experts and industry stakeholders from duty free and travel retail to discuss these pertinent issues while inviting them to showcase their own eco-friendly environmental policies.

 

Below you can watch the full live-streamed webinar session ‘Green Influencers part 1: Combining People, Planet and Purpose’ including, Jean-Charles Lhommet, Biodiversity & Sustainable Ingredients Director for L’Occitane.

 

TRACEABILITY OF RAW MATERIALS

Experts representing the L’Occitane Group at the event included Jean-Charles Lhommet, Biodiversity & Sustainable Ingredients Director, and Marie Videau, General Manager for Research and Development.

 

In the Green Influencers webinar, Jean-Charles Lhommet underlined the importance of ethical and eco-friendly practices when sourcing supply chains for the Group’s iconic ingredients. The traceability of raw materials is paramount and also working with the brand’s organic producers to find ever more sustainable methods of farming in order to regenerate and restore the land and to encourage greater biodiversity.

 

Jean-Charles Lhommet also shared fascinating insights into the Group’s unique partnerships such as the long-standing relationship that existed between L’Occitane and the women and cooperatives in Burkina Faso that produce the brand’s Shea Butter.

 

He highlighted the fact that L’Occitane works in tandem with them to implement the best ecological practices, operating on fair-trade principles. On another level, he emphasised how the brand creates innovative and eco-friendly packaging using recycled and reusable materials.

 

Below you can watch the full live-streamed webinar session ‘Planet and people part 1: Health and wellbeing’ featuring L’Occitane’s General Manager for Research and Development, Marie Videau.

 

L’OCCITANE’S CLEAN CHARTER

Meanwhile, at the Health and Wellbeing webinar, Marie Videau focused on her team’s role creating sustainable cosmetic products for the brands within L’Occitane Group and developing the revolutionary products of tomorrow.

 

She emphasised how beauty products could positively impact customers’ health and well-being in their ‘day to day’ lives. She also outlined the Group’s Clean Charter which underlines its commitment to natural origin and biodegradable ingredients. Finally she suggested creating well-being stations within airport complexes, dedicated to wellness experiences and enlightening travellers about the sustainability of beauty products that would have a positive effect on the planet.

 

L’Occitane en Provence was recently recognised as one of the most committed brands in the fight against plastics in the 2021 progress report on the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. In fact, the L’Occitane Group has pledged that by 2025, 100 per cent of its plastic bottles will be manufactured from 100 per cent recycled waste.

 

As a leading exponent of sustainability within the travel retail industry, the L’Occitane Group continuously strives to support the sector with open-source sharing, and by adopting a proactive, eco-friendly stance in terms of products, packaging and commitment to reducing waste, protecting and regenerating biodiversity and reducing its environmental and carbon footprint.

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