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.

‘This corresponds with about 40 percent of our sales volume for palm oil-based products,’ explains Dr Tammo Boinowitz, head of Evonik’s personal care business line. All of our personal care products based on pure palm or palm-kernel oil are already certified in Europe under the segregated supply chain model (RSPO-SG). This was done despite the supply of RSPO-certified palm oil derivatives on the market still lagging far behind demand.

We want to support our customers in offering an increasing number of sustainable cosmetics products, in line with consumers’ wishes.’

Fulfilling an obligation

Thanks to the introduction of the CareTain system, which determines product-related sustainability parameters, these requirements are already being taken into account during the development phase. As a result, nearly 90 percent of the personal care products from Evonik are now based on sustainable raw materials, and more than 50 percent of these have been subjected to life cycle assessments. Over 80 percent of the products make a significant contribution to resource efficiency within the supply chain and during use.

The current RSPO-certified product range includes surfactants such as Tego Betain P 50 C, required in large quantities in, for example, shower gels and shampoos, as well as highly efficient emulsifiers like Tego Care PBS 6, used in a large number of body and face creams.

Ensuring a sustainable supply chain

As an RSPO member, since 2010 Evonik has advocated the use of sustainably produced palm-oil derivatives in cosmetics. To obtain oleochemical raw materials in the most socially acceptable manner possible, the company systematically monitors its suppliers using sustainability standards and strict criteria in relation to land grabbing and conservation of natural habitats.

Evonik’s aim is to be able to monitor the supply chain down to the oil mill. Having a founding membership of the Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative makes it easier for the company to take sustainability aspects into consideration during procurement. TfS has already reviewed about 7 000 suppliers, for example.

The company’s own production plants that process palm-oil derivatives for personal care are now all certified under the RSPO’s mass balance and segregated supply chain models.

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