There's No Planet B: Significance of Sustainable Beauty

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

The Waldron Public House

58 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

4:00 pm - 7:30pm


Please bring an unwrapped toy for donation to TOYS FOR TOTS.

Global Packaging Sustainability Developments


John Fedewa

Principal Packaging Engineer, Amway Corporation


Entities like The United Nations, EU, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, as well as various countries, are making strides towards creating a circular plastics economy.  They are proposing and/or enacting legislation. Consumer awareness of the impact of single-use packaging, the ocean plastic issue, and activism is increasing. 


John has been with Amway for over 23 years in Beauty and Personal care Development. He has also worked with Bausch and Lomb and Kellogg. John played a key role in International Technology Transfer in China, India, Thailand and S Korea. He is a Co-lead on R&D Sustainability team. 


Clean Formulation


Aimee Herbel 

Formulation Scientist, Amway Corporation 


Consumers are becoming more aware of what is in their products and how their choices impact society and the environment, but with a lack of scientific understanding, they rely on cosmetic companies to be honest and transparent about their products and ingredients. This talk will discuss consumer expectations for sustainability and what cosmetic companies can and are doing to meet these consumer needs.


Aimee is Research Scientist with over 8 years of experience in Skincare/Personal Care formulation and Analytical Chemistry. She has Bachelors in Biology & Chemistry (Aquinas College) and Masters in Cosmetic Science (University of Cincinnati). She is part of Amway R&D Sustainability Team Beauty Formulation Representative.



UN Sustainable Development Blueprint as a North Star to Dow's 2025 Sustainability Goals


Matthew A. Gave, Ph.D.  

Product Development Manager, Dow Corning Corporation 


Matt is a product development manager for Dow Performance Silicones.  He joined Dow Corning in 2007, and has led roles in analytical sciences, core research, and new product commercialization leadership.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University.  Matt will be sharing key elements of the UN Sustainable Development Blueprint, and how that has driven Dow’s 2025 corporate sustainability goals.




3:00 - 4:00 pm  Board Meeting (open for board members only)
4:00 - 4:45 pm

Registration and Reception

Please bring an unwrapped toy for donation to TOYS FOR TOTS.

4:45 - 5:15 pm  Speaker 1 - John Fedewa
5:20 - 5:50 pm  Speaker 2 - Aimee Herbel
5:50 - 6:20 pm Speaker 3 -  Matthew Gave
6:20 - 7:30 pm Chapter Officer Installations and Dinner


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