Estée Lauder is in love with space. Last year, the company was the first-ever beauty brand to participate in NASA’s efforts to create business opportunities on the International Space Station, sending its iconic Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi- Recovery. Today, the beauty brand is funding research into alternatives to sustainable plastics using the space lab.
Estée Lauder is the exclusive partner of the National Laboratory Sustainability Challenge of the International Space Station (ISS): Beyond Plastics. The 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 winning proposals.
The mission is to fight against plastic waste and to enable scientific or technological advances that help improve the Earth’s environment. The research has the potential to uncover new perspectives on cost-effective and innovative pathways for biopolymers or alternatives to environmentally friendly plastics.
“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.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Estée Lauder as we seek further advancements through research and development in space 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 a open solicitation for US-based entities propose projects that take advantage of the in-orbit research platform for applied research and technological development.