In the first ever book of its kind, Sustainability – How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening up, the growing importance of this topic comes under the spotlight. Using excerpts from the book, this article illustrates various ways organisations can address the associated economic, environmental and social aspects.
In order to meet the increasing demand for sustainable certified palm-based ingredients in the personal care and home care sectors, Clariant has received mass balance supply chain certification for its plant in Gendorf, Germany.
Household honey has long been known to hold antibacterial properties because it naturally contains small amounts of hydrogen peroxide. However, in 1982 Peter Molan of Waikato University in New Zealand discovered that honey derived from the Manuka plant (native to New Zealand) contained unusually high levels of hydrogen peroxide, as well as ‘exceptionally high’ (Kwakman et al, 2011:1) levels of methylglyoxal, which is an antibacterial compound, and what some believe to be the ‘unique manuka factor’.
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is enhancing its Secret Code of Beauty concept with new product introductions at in-cosmetics 2014.
Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Incorporated recently announced that Ecocert, the global certifying body for sustainable products, has verified its Integra 44 microbiocide conforms to the body’s standards for use in natural laundry detergents. Integra 44 offers broad-spectrum antimicrobial protection in a range of consumer and industrial liquid cleaning formulations. The microbiocide formed from glycine may be used by manufacturers seeking to obtain a natural cleaning product label designation.