NEW YORK – Estée Lauder today announced its role as exclusive partner of the The International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratories (ISS) Sustainability Challenge: Beyond Plastics. This is the first time that a beauty brand has partnered with a research and development opportunity for innovators to deliver concepts leveraging the ISS National Laboratory to advance research on the sustainability of alternatives to plastics. As part of the brand’s commitment to support research that can help drive innovation in sustainable packaging, Estée Lauder will fund the award-winning proposals.
The ISS National Laboratory’s Sustainability Challenge: Beyond Plastics will bring together innovators in an important mission to fight plastic waste and enable scientific or technological advances that help improve the Earth’s environment. Such research has the potential to unveil new perspectives on cost-effective and innovative avenues for biopolymers or alternatives to environmentally friendly plastics.
The objective of the Sustainability Challenge is to use the unique environment of the ISS to develop, test or evolve products and processes that meet at least one of the following objectives:
- Reduce the introduction of plastic waste into the environment
- Research raw materials and alternative routes for the production of polymers beyond petrochemicals
- Reduce virgin plastic manufacturing
“We are proud to be the exclusive partner of the ISS National Lab Sustainability Challenge, which funds research into alternatives to plastics of the future,” said Stéphane de La Faverie, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder & AERIN, and Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies. “As a global leader in the beauty industry, we are committed to advancing 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 an exclusive partner of the ISS National Lab Sustainability Challenge and a founding member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Estée Lauder strengthens its commitment to long-term scientific research for more sustainable practices. Along with ingredient transparency, responsible sourcing, and energy and emissions efforts, sustainable packaging is a key part of Estée Lauder’s sustainability strategy. The brand has put in place solid measures to lead to the reduction of virgin and non-recyclable plastic and has committed by 2025 that 75 to 100% of Estée Lauder packaging will be recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled or recoverable. .
“We are delighted to collaborate with Estée Lauder as we seek further advancements through space research and development to mitigate plastic pollution on our planet,” said Christine Kretz, vice president of programs and partnerships for the ISS National Lab. “We thank Estée Lauder for her enthusiastic support of the ISS National Laboratory’s sustainability challenge: Beyond Plastics, and we look forward to working alongside the researchers as they deliver science that will improve the environment of our beautiful planet. “
The ISS National Lab Sustainability Challenge is an open solicitation for US-based entities to propose projects that leverage the In-Orbit Research Platform for applied research and technology development. Applicants must first submit a concept form to ideally address a lifelong design approach for the production of virgin polymers through sustainable raw materials or end-of-life biodegradation or recycling of polymers. A subset of applicants presenting the most promising concepts will then be invited to submit a pre-recorded pitch video describing their concept in more detail.
The projects will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges, and on March 19, 2022, a Sustainability Challenge event will take place at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex where the recorded presentations of the finalists will be presented and broadcast live to a global audience. For more information, please visit the ISS National Laboratory Sustainability Challenge webpage: https://www.issnationallab.org/research-on-the-iss/2022sustainabilitychallenge/
About Estée Lauder
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About the National Laboratory of the International Space Station
The International Space Station (ISS) is a unique laboratory that enables research and technological development not possible on Earth. As a public service company, the ISS National Lab enables researchers to take advantage of this multi-user facility to improve life on Earth, evolve space business models, advance scientific knowledge of the future workforce. work and develop a sustainable and scalable market in low earth orbit. Through this national orbiting laboratory, ISS research resources are available to support non-NASA science, technology, and education initiatives by U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) manages the national laboratory of the ISS, as part of a cooperation agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent research environment in microgravity, a powerful point of view in low earth orbit and the extreme and varied conditions of space. To learn more about the ISS National Lab, visit www.ISSNationalLab.org.