The new awards encouraging sustainability and innovation

Last year, BD reported that Biossance was joining forces with ambassador, Jonathan Van Ness, to launch The Clean Academy, a cosmetics ingredients educational resource for consumers and industry professionals.

After a successful first season, the YouTube series is now back in session for another exciting and informative season. And to top it off, the clean skincare brand is expanding its Clean Academy Education program even further, according to WWD. Announcing yesterday that it would be launching a Clean Academy Impact Award, this new element aims to encourage sustainability and environmental innovation.

Biossance is currently accepting applications for two award categories – Science and Innovation and Social Impact – and awarding two people US$10,000 to help fund their conservation projects. Winners will also enjoy access to quarterly mentorship sessions and marketing support from Biossance executives and experts from the Clean Academy.

According to Gore, the award is a “natural extension” of Biossance’s mission, marking a new path for the Academy to explore philanthropy.

“Under the banner of the Clean Academy, we have been dedicated to debunking the myth and answering questions around clean beauty,” Gore said. “[The award] is essentially honouring and gifting $10,000 to two individuals to move ocean preservation in the sustainability conversation forward. Whether they’re students and they have a great idea or they’re just passionate about sustainability, we want to be able to identify those people and help them along their journey.”

Adding to its clean beauty portfolio, Biossance is also a corporate partner of Oceana, an organisation that aims to protect and restore the biodiversity of the world’s oceans. Additionally, the brand is renowned for its use of squalane, which it uniquely produces from sugarcane by using the biotechnology of its parent company, Amyris.

Applicants are invited to enter Biossance’s Clean Academy Impact Award by visiting here. Finalists will be announced in August.