Natural, organic & environmental

The potential of honey

Manuka-Honey-15-plusHousehold 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’.  

Home care developments

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.

Reusable cold chain pharma packs 'greener'

The study_used_the_Credo_Cube_reusable_shipperIn a study of the environmental impact of packaging for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products, results showed that reusable packaging is not only greener, but can also be cost-saving.

Award-winning technology

Defensil-PlusAcclaimed as the new ‘first-aid kit for inflamed skin’, Defensil-Plus from Rahn has been awarded a BSB European Innovation Prize for the most innovative product in the category Natural Products. Rahn Cosmetic Actives is represented in South Africa by Siyeza Fine Chemicals.

L’Oréal awarded for commitment to ethical practice

World's most ethical companies by EthisphereLeading beauty company L’Oréal was recognised by international organisation the Ethisphere Institute as one of the ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ for 2013. This is the fourth time L’Oréal has made the list.

The Ethisphere Institute is a leading organisation dedicated to the advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, governance, anti-corruption and sustainability. Its ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ recognition highlights companies that outperform industry peers in ethical behavior.

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