Green Cosmetics & Green Cleaning Products

Green Cosmetics & Green Cleaning Products

Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge

Batoul Hakim

Green Chemist & founder of SAVVY ELEMENT. I grew up in Beirut and envision it a sustainable city – Hence my interest in the design of green products and processes that reduce the generation and use of hazardous substances through sustainable, resource-efficient and innovative design molecules, materials and processes. I have previously worked with UNDP – among other organizations – on waste-to-energy projects and green-solvent alternatives. I am a yogi, and am fond of horseback riding, painting and globetrotting!

Seminar Content


Chemistry plays a critical role in the design of products, resources and processes that pave the way for a sustainable future. Within this context, it is important to provide a clear understanding of what a green product or process is, beyond label information.

Green product selection often entails making trade-offs between environmental impacts. This workshop will help demystify green products and arm attendees with the knowledge to make an informed sustainable product selection.

The terms green and sustainable often refer to products, services or practices that allow for economic growth while conserving for future generations. A green product will hence be described as one that has less of an environmental impact or is less detrimental to human health than the traditional product equivalent. Participants will come to realize that all product development will have some impact on its respective environment. It all comes down to degrees of impact and trading off between impacts.

In order to understand the trade-offs, an overview of the following attributes that describe products will be provided. Green products are:

-        Energy efficient, durable, and often have low maintenance requirements

-        Free of ozone depleting chemicals, toxic compounds and don’t produce toxic by-products

-        Often made of recycled materials or content or from renewable and sustainable sources

-        Obtained from local manufacturers or resources

-        Biodegradable or easily reused either in part or as a whole

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) will be introduced, an approach through which all the aspects of resource use and environmental releases associated with product development from cradle-to-cradle are to be considered. This includes the extraction of raw materials from the earth and the production and distribution of energy, through the use, and reuse, and final disposal of a product.

A final interactive activity will shed the light on chemophobia – the fear of chemicals. This activity aims at clearing the growing misconception where the public tends to be suspicious and critical of the presence of any man- made (synthetic) chemicals in products that they make use of.

June 11, 2020
05:30 pm - 07:30 pm


1 Unit CE
1 Unit SE




The Circular Economy & Eco Design
Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge


Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge

Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health & Wellbeing
Responsible Consumption & Production
Clean Water & Sanitation

Who is it for?

General public including undergraduate and graduate students

An Intro to the Circular Economy & EcoDesign

The Circular Economy & Eco Design

Learn what the Circular Economy is and the principles of Eco-Design, with an eco-design cards game to pick your brain!

Circular Strategies Workshop

The Circular Economy & Eco Design

Methods and strategies to make any product as circular and eco-friendly as possible during its conception phase!

Circular Design Thinking

The Circular Economy & Eco Design

How to apply circular design thinking when tackling sustainability issues or designing a product or solution. Join us for a hands-on, interactive and fun Circular Design Thinking Workshop!

Eco & Social Entrepreneurship

Eco & Social Entrepreneurship

Go through a series of workshops to come up or strengthen an idea for an environmental or social enterprise. From the Ideation Phase to a Green Business Canvas & a Pitch session.