June 25, 2024

Travel Retail thinks green

The second annual edition of the Travel Retail Sustainability Week brought together stakeholders from global Duty Free & Travel Retail sectors last week to discuss and showcase a flurry of sustainable initiatives and services in the sector.

The event also discussed health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion in addition to the environmental side of sustainability in the online programme.

The aim of the event was to create momentum within the travel retail sector for an industry-wide drive to implement greener and more sustainable business practices, and to shine a spotlight on health and well-being, inclusion, diversity and social responsibility.

Among experts representing speaking at the event was Jean-Charles Lhommet, biodiversity & sustainable ingredients director for  L’OCCITANE Group. In the Green Influencers webinar, he underlined the importance of ethical and eco-friendly practices when sourcing supply chains for the group’s ingredients. He said the traceability of raw materials is paramount and that the group was 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.

L’OCCITANE en Provence was recently recognised as a brand committed to the fight against plastics in the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The company has pledged that by 2025, 100 per cent of its plastic bottles will be manufactured from 100 per cent recycled waste.