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The Eco Well podcast

Jun 13, 2018

In this episode, I interviewed my Kenna Whitnell, currently an undergraduate student in the chemistry department at the University of Guelph who has a pretty impressive resume already. She’s an active research scientist working on sustainable plant bioactives, and has her own green beauty company, Altilis Beauty, where she works with different communities in the South Pacific to produce breadfruit ingredients, featured in her products. I’m continually impressed with the work that Kenna’s doing so I was excited to have her back on my show for a second interview. The focus of our conversation this time around was the following question: is natural cosmetics sustainable? This episode is a wee bit on the long side, but I absolutely loved the conversation and if you like science and sustainability, I think you will to! As a pretext for the episode, I just wanted to leave you with the definition of sustainability, defined by the Brundtland Commision from 1987: Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Throughout the conversation, I defined sustainability with respect to the Triple Bottom Line, which is an accounting framework coined by John Elkington in 1994 that looks at sustainability through 3 pillars, social, environmental and financial impacts. Enjoy!