“Come gather ’Round people, Wherever you roam / and admit that the waters around you have grown / And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone / If your time to you is worth savin’ / Then you better start swimmin’ / Or you’ll sink like a stone / For the times, they are a-changin’.”

When Bob Dylan recorded these lyrics and released them back in February 1964, global climate change was probably not on his mind.

But, as I put this issue “to bed” (It’s my third and final one since Jenny B. Fine is back from maternity leave!), I cannot help but think that Dylan is, indeed, some kind of prophet.

This is, after all, our “Eco Issue.” And, a mere decade ago, who could have imagined that we would dedicate an entire edition to such a theme today?

Given the alarming rate at which the polar ice caps are melting, the recent historic floods in Europe and desertification in regions from China to Chad, it’s no wonder that the world is finally focused on environmental issues. And the beauty industry is following suit.         

This month, Molly Prior spotlights the ever-growing debate among experts on what’s better: nature- or science-based cosmetics?

Prior also investigates what measures beauty companies are taking to turn their factories into greener facilities. She finds that corporations are employing tactics from switching to more energy-efficient lightbulbs to curbing  greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing wind energy.

Lancôme models—including our cover girl Daria Werbowy—are doing their part. This year, the beauty company pledged to offset its carbon footprint through a partnership with Carbonfund.org. A chameleon in front of the camera, Werbowy proves to be one behind the scenes as well.

Our ever-resourceful Matthew Evans reports on cutting-edge sustainable packaging. A prevailing school of thought among some manufacturers has been dubbed “zero waste.” In short, if you can’t reuse it, repair it, recycle it or compost it, you shouldn’t make it at all. Amen!

Andrea Nagel files two stellar stories this month. First, she records a fascinating conversation on aging between fashion designer Norma Kamali and the father of integrative medicine, physician Andrew Weil. Then, Nagel gives us a definitive update on organic labeling laws.

For the “It List,” Megan McIntyre tackles the world of mineral makeup.

Finally, two fantastic women—editor-turned-beauty marketer Kathy Phillips and NRDC trustee Elizabeth Wiatt— contribute insights for creating a successful product line and living a eco-friendly life, respectively.

It’s been wildly gratifying to work on WWD Beauty Biz and I have Pete Born and our tireless and talented staff to thank for it.

You, our dear readers, have been amazingly supportive, too.
Let’s keep in touch! Peace, Kim-Van Dang

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