PARIS — The Clarins-Styles Environnement prize was awarded Tuesday night here to Roland Jourdain, a French sailor and entrepreneur who creates boats from composite organic materials.
Jourdain is a two-time winner of the Route du Rhum transatlantic single-handed yacht race and founder of the company Kaïros. Founded in 2007, Kaïros has a department for eco innovation.
Jourdain was awarded 30,000 euros, or $40,775 at current exchange rates.
Christian Courtin-Clarins, chairman of Clarins, said the cosmetics company’s involvement in nature harks back to his father — founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins — who “was fascinated by the power of plants.”
The Clarins-Styles Environnnement prize was given in conjunction with the magazine L’Express Styles. The award dates back to 2004 and recognizes men who contribute to the preservation of nature.
In 2010, for instance, Clarins granted a prize to Bertrand Piccard, founder and president of Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane initiative.