Natural, organic & environmental

South Africa’s green goldmine

A photograph of Professor Namrita Lall from University of Pretoria’s department of plant sciencesCombining phytochemistry with traditional knowledge, Professor Namrita Lall is pushing boundaries in locally developed, natural plant actives. She is based at the University of Pretoria’s department of plant sciences, at the faculty of natural science.

New certified palm oil derivatives from Evonik

Sustainable-skin-care-cream-from-EvonikEvonik has expanded its range of cosmetics ingredients substantially and certified the new products according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO - MB) standard. Customers in the cosmetics industry now have access to more than 50 certified palm oil-based raw materials, including several speciality ingredients.

How sustainable are natural waxes?

Martina Heldermann was appointed technical director of KahlWax in January 2016.Cosmetics waxes are hugely sustainable as they are often by products or produced in a controlled way. Martina Heldermann from KahlWax reveals insight into the value chain created by wax raw materials and how to monitor their source.

Symrise awarded for excellence in sustainability management

A group pic of all of the winners in the German Awards for ExcellenceSymrise recently received two accolades at the German Awards for Excellence. The fragrance and flavours manufacturer took home awards in the Responsible Sourcing and Life Cycle Assessment categories. At the ceremony held in June, DQS recognised ten companies in 12 different categories for exemplary sustainability management.

Committed to change

Deidre Penfold, CAIA executive directorThe chemical industry is hard at work contributing towards South Africa meeting the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). According to the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA), this is based on the implementation of eight Responsible Care management practice standards (MPSs).

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