Category: Pharmaceuticals and personal care products

Salmon going nuts at a fish farm possibly high on cocaine, officials say

Read the full story at Motherboard.

Salmon frantically jumping around on a fish farm in Germany may have been on cocaine, according to a report released by German environmental officials. 

Officials from the State Environmental Agency of North Rhine-Westphalia (also known as Lanuv) noticed the strange and erratic behavior from the Atlantic Salmon in June of 2020 while overseeing a species conservation project. 

Colgate Softsoap tablets raise brand’s sustainability profile

Read the full story at HAPPI.

Leading liquid soap brand rolls out new foaming soap tablets and refillable, recyclable aluminum bottle.

Fish are becoming addicted to methamphetamines seeping into rivers

Read the full story in New Scientist.

Illicit drug use is a growing global health concern that causes a financial burden of hundreds of billions of dollars in the US alone. But hidden beneath the societal costs of this human epidemic is a potential ecological crisis. As methamphetamine levels rise in freshwater streams, fish are increasingly becoming addicted.

Earthworms could help reduce antibiotic resistance genes in soil

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society.

Earthworms improve the soil by aerating it, breaking down organic matter and mineralizing nutrients. Now, researchers have dug up another possible role: reducing the number and relative abundance of antibiotic-resistance genes (ARGs) in soils from diverse ecosystems. These results imply that earthworms could be a natural, sustainable solution to addressing the global issue of antibiotic resistance, the researchers say.

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. 

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