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Estée Lauder joins ISS Sustainability Challenge as Exclusive Partner

Sophie Smith
29 October 2021

Estée Lauder has announced an exclusive partnership with the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory Sustainability Challenge: Beyond Plastics.

This is the first time a beauty brand has partnered on a research and development opportunity for innovators to propose concepts leveraging the ISS National Lab to advance sustainability research for plastics alternatives.

The ISS National Lab Sustainability Challenge: Beyond Plastics aims to unite innovators to tackle plastic waste and enable scientific or technological advancements to help improve the Earth’s environment.

The Sustainability Challenge's objective is to use the unique ISS environment to develop, test or mature products and processes that reduce plastic waste introduction into the environment, seek alternative feedstocks and pathways for polymer production beyond petrochemicals and reduce virgin plastic manufacturing.

Estée Lauder and the ISS hope the research will unmask new insights into cost-effective and innovative avenues for environmentally responsible biopolymers or plastics alternatives.

Stéphane de La Faverie, Global Brand President at Estée Lauder and Group President at The Estée Lauder Companies, said: “We are proud to be the exclusive partner of the ISS National Lab Sustainability Challenge, funding research for future-thinking plastics alternatives.

“As a global leader in the beauty industry, we are committed to developing scientific research and innovation for more sustainable business practices. We are excited to be part of an initiative that could be truly transformative for our brand, our beloved consumers and the future of our planet.”

As the exclusive partner of the ISS National Lab Sustainability Challenge and founding member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Estée Lauder reinforces its commitment to long-term science research for more sustainable practices.

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