Meet the judges for the Marie Claire UK Sustainability Awards 2022

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    The wait is over – the winners of the Marie Claire UK’s annual Sustainability Awards, now in its second year, where we celebrate the brands, organisations and products that are taking on the climate crisis have now been announced

    Sustainability needs to be much more than a trend that brands pay lip service to. That’s why we’re highlighting the businesses that are going above and beyond to protect the future of our planet and make a genuine difference. 

    Each entry was judged by some of the best sustainability experts in the industry. Keep reading to meet our incredible panel of judges or watch the video below.

    Head of Marketing, Decanter

    Alex has over a decade’s experience in the wine industry across retail, marketing, wine writing and judging. He is currently Decanter’s Head of Marketing with a key part of his role involving the brand’s prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards and global events programme.

    Photojournalist, Labor Rights Activist, Sustainable Fashion Blogger

    Aditi Mayer is a sustainable fashion blogger, photojournalist, labor rights activist, and frequent speaker on topics of social and environmental justice. Her work looks at fashion and culture through a lens of intersectionality and decolonization.

    In 2014, Aditi had her start in the sustainable fashion movement after learning about the Rana Plaza Factory Collapse. Seeing the fashion industry’s disproportionate impact on people of color globally, Aditi looked to understand the historical and sociopolitical underpinnings that allow the fashion industry to function in a colonial manner, rooted in exploitation and extraction of both labor and the natural environment.

    Since then, she has become a voice in the larger sustainability movement, approaching her work from multiple domains: grassroots organizing, brand consulting, journalism, content creation, and more. She serves on the council of Intersectional Environmentalist and State of Fashion. Aditi will be spending 2022 as a National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, spending one year documenting the social and environmental impacts of India’s fashion supply chain.

    Amarjit Sahota

    Founder & President, Ecovia Intelligence

    Amarjit Sahota

    Mr. Sahota is recognised as a leading expert in international sustainable product industries. He has been doing research, analysis & consulting on organic foods, natural cosmetics, fair trade products, health & wellness products for over 20 years. Mr. Sahota is the founder and president of Ecovia Intelligence, which has been encouraging sustainable development in specialist industries since its formation in 2001. For over two decades, is company has assisted a wide range of clients that range from multinationals, government organizations, to dedicated ethical product companies. The client list of Ecovia Intelligence includes Unilever, Aveda, L’Oreal, Weleda, Arla Foods, Organic Trade Association, Phytotrade Africa, CBI (Dutch government), APEX Brasil, and the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Research and analysis of Mr. Sahota has been quoted extensively in the media, including The Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Fortune, BBC World Service, The Economist, Food Chemical News, The Straits Times, South China Morning Post, CNBC News, Nordic Business Report and Asian Business. He regularly delivers papers at international events.

    Pre-pandemic, he presented at BioFach / Vivaness (Nuernberg, Feb 20), Natural Products Masterclass (San Francisco, Jan 20), Cosmoprof Asia (Hong Kong, Nov 19), Organic Food Day Finland (Helsinki, Oct 19), Natural & Organic Products Asia (Hong Kong, Sep 19), Naturals in Cosmetic Science (Manchester, July 19), Cosmetics Business (Munich, June 19), UEBT Beauty of Sourcing with Respect Conference (Paris, May 19), Natural & Organic Products Europe (London, April 19), In-Cosmetics Global (Paris, April 19), and Cosmoprof Global (Bologna, March 19).

    Mr. Sahota has degrees in Applied Chemistry and Management Science, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. He has co-authored a number of books on Sustainability and organic products. His latest publication is called Sustainability: Greening of the Cosmetics Industry (Wiley & Sons).

    Magazine Editor, Decanter

    Founder, Nc’nean Distillery

    Previous strategy consultant, Annabel left her job in 2013 to pursue an ambition to change the way the world thinks about whisky, with the planet front of mind. Unafraid to disrupt the ‘rules’ for conventional Scotch. Nc’nean aims to break down the barriers associated with whisky to encourage a younger, more diverse audience to think differently about the ways it can be produced and enjoyed.

    Sustainability Expert, Author & TV Personality

    Ashlee Piper is a sustainability expert, author, speaker and media personality whose work has been featured on 250+ television segments, including The TODAY Show & Good Morning America, and in VOGUE, The Washington Post, InStyle, & NY Magazine, to name a few. Piper believes in the power of our individual habits and creating the ideal conditions for anyone to make small, sustainable shifts. Piper’s book, Give A Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet. has been branded the ‘sustainability Bible.’ She’s consulted on sustainability practices with well-known companies such as airbnb, LUSH, Nissan, and Eileen Fisher, has been a cabinet level advisor to two Massachusetts Governors, and has spoken at the United Nations and TED. She holds a BA from Brown University and a Masters degree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford, UK.

    Creative Director, Barbeline London

    Barbeline initially began her design career in 2012, producing quirky patterned childrenswear, “I have always had a passion for interiors, but when I first started designing the Scandi vibe of clean lines and minimalism was still very much the trend, so I decided to specialise in childrenswear, where fun is at the forefront. Friends would come to our home and say how much they loved the punchy patterns and colour we had in every room but were almost fearful of trying it themselves. I began making cushions and lampshades for them, and encouraged them to be bold, bright and try new things.”

    Sustainability and Brand Consultant

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