Estée Lauder joins sustainability initiative as exclusive partner

Estée Lauder has joined the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory Sustainability Challenge: Beyond Plastics, as an exclusive partner.

As a partner, the beauty company will provide funding for ISS awarded proposals as part of its pledge to support research that will promote innovation in sustainable packaging.

Estée Lauder has also committed to significantly reducing its use of non-recyclable and virgin plastic, making 75 to 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

The primary objective of the ISS sustainability challenge is to test or develop processes or products that address plastic reduction goals.

Innovators will pitch ideas that address ““a whole-of-life design approach to the production of virgin polymers through sustainable feedstocks or the biodegrading or upcycling of end-of-life polymers.”

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The submitted proposals will be judged by a panel of experts and finalists’ recorded presentations will be shown on March 19 2022 at the Kennedy space centre and streamed live to global audiences.

“We are proud to be the exclusive partner of the ISS National Lab Sustainability Challenge, funding research for future-thinking plastics alternatives,” Estée Lauder and Aerin group president Stéphane de La Faverie said.

“We are excited to be part of an initiative that could be truly transformative for our brand.”

ISS National Lab vice president of programs and partnerships Christine Kretz added: “We are excited to collaborate with Estée Lauder as we seek novel advancements through space-based research and development to mitigate plastic pollution on our planet,”

“We thank Estée Lauder for its enthusiastic support of the ISS National Lab Sustainability Challenge: Beyond Plastics, and we look forward to working alongside researchers as they propose science that will improve the environment of our beautiful planet.”

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