Category: Pharmaceuticals and personal care products

Lubrizol’s AlgaPūr HSHO algae oil wins BSB Innovation Award

Read the full story at Cosmetics & Toiletries.

Lubrizol Life Science–Beauty’s AlgaPūr High Stability High Oleic (HSHO) algae oil (INCI: Triolein) won third prize in the BSB Innovation Awards in the category ‘Natural Products/Raw Materials for hair care.’

The European award recognizes innovation in cosmetics, natural products, chemical raw materials as well as packaging and concepts.

As previously reported, AlgaPūr HSHO algae oil is a bio-based oil derived from microalgae that was originally sourced from chestnut tree sap. It has a high sustaina­bility profile and proven efficacy, delivering multiple benefits for hair and scalp care. It is a natural ingredient produced through fermentation, is readily biodegradable and has a low environmental footprint for water, carbon and land use.

Unilever making new recyclable toothpaste tubes available to other brands

Read the full story at Consumer Goods Technology.

Unilever will convert its entire global toothpaste portfolio to recyclable tubes by 2025 and is making the packaging innovation available to other companies.

GSK launches fully recyclable toothpaste tubes, will reach more than 1 billion tubes by 2025

Read the full story in ESG Today.

GSK Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH) announced today that it will launch fully recyclable toothpaste tubes across its oral health brands, including Sensodyne, parodontax and Aquafresh. The company expects to produce over 1 billion of the recyclable toothpaste tubes per year by 2025.


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A Comparison of Different Approaches for Characterizing Microplastics in Selected Personal Care Products

Renner, K.O., Foster, H.A., Routledge, E.J. and Scrimshaw, M.D. (2021). “A Comparison of Different Approaches for Characterizing Microplastics in Selected Personal Care Products.” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Accepted Author Manuscript.

Abstract: Any uncertainty in determining numbers of microplastics in the environment may be barrier to assessing their impact and may stem from various aspects of methodologies used to quantify them. This paper undertakes a comparison of approaches to quantify and characterize microplastics in four personal care products. The aim was to not only determine how many particles were present, but to assess any differences due to the methods used. Counting of extracted microplastics was undertaken using particle size analysis, light microscopy and imaging flow cytometry. Micro Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (µ‐FT‐IR) was used to characterize the particles in each product. The mean size distribution of microplastics differed depending on the method employed and it was apparent that imaging flow cytometry was affected by high background noise that may require staining of plastics to overcome. The application of µ‐FT‐IR confirmed polyethylene as the microplastic in each product. Methodological challenges encountered in the study and the literature have highlighted the need for standardization of methods for determining microplastics.

University of Bath Project aims to cut microplastics in pharmaceutical and chemical industries

Read the full story at British Plastics.

Naturbeads, based at the University of Bath, is working with companies to replace microplastics with biodegradable microbeads made from cellulose.

They have been awarded £47,000 by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, for a three-month project as part of the competitive Small Business Research Initiative which enables organisations to research and develop products that provide innovative solutions. This is the 3rd Innovate UK grant awarded to the company since January 2019 for a total funding of over £1m. 

Prof, student earn patent to help remove drugs from drinking water

Read the full story from Youngstown State University.

A new material patented by a Youngstown State University professor and student could lead to a process to help remove the increasingly dangerous amounts of pharmaceuticals in the tap water coming into our homes.

Study finds high levels of toxic pollutants in stranded dolphins and whales

Read the full story from Florida Atlantic University.

Researchers examined toxins in tissue concentrations and pathology data from 83 stranded dolphins and whales from 2012 to 2018. They looked at 11 different animal species to test for 17 different substances. The study is the first to report on concentrations in blubber tissues of stranded cetaceans of atrazine, DEP, NPE and triclosan. It also is the first to report concentrations of toxicants in a white-beaked dolphin and in Gervais’ beaked whales.

Associated journal article: Annie Page-Karjian, Catherine F. Lo, Branson Ritchie, Craig A. Harms, David S. Rotstein, Sushan Han, Sayed M. Hassan, Andreas F. Lehner, John P. Buchweitz, Victoria G. Thayer, Jill M. Sullivan, Emily F. Christiansen, Justin R. Perrault. Anthropogenic Contaminants and Histopathological Findings in Stranded Cetaceans in the Southeastern United States, 2012–2018Frontiers in Marine Science, 2020; 7 DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00630

Reef-safe and Biodegradable Sunscreen: What You Should Know

Read the full story at Treehugger.

Biodegradable or reef-safe sunscreen refers to a specific sunblock formula that degrades naturally and doesn’t contain chemicals that could be harmful to the environment, specifically coral reefs. 

In one study, researchers found that just a small amount of sunscreen containing the ingredient oxybenzone could be enough to break down coral, causing it to lose its nutrients, bleach, and often die. Reef-safe or biodegradable sunscreens don’t contain these chemicals and are safer for the marine environment. 

While scientists disagree about the exact impact of chemical sunscreen on reefs, biodegradable and reef-safe sunscreen is popular among consumers who wish to reduce their overall impact on marine life.

L’Oréal Makes New Sustainability Commitments for 2030

Read the full story at Harper’s Bazaar.

L’Oréal – the largest cosmetic company in the world – has revealed its efforts to become fully sustainable by 2030, an announcement that could signal a move towards greater environmental accountability for the whole beauty industry.

Dubbed ‘L’Oréal For The Future’, the company’s new sustainability programme is integral to its plans for evolution over the next decade and applies to all of the brands currently owned by the group, including LancômeArmani and Garnier.

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