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Environmental benefits through biocatalytic process alternatives
Quantifying the environmental benefits of enzymatic esterification has led to eco-efficient development in the field of cosmetic raw materials. Evonik produces esters derived from renewable resources, bringing to bear additional environmental advantages available in enzymatic processes.
For several years now, Evonik has remained the only supplier worldwide to use an enzyme-based biotechnological process for the production of emollient esters suitable for creating creams and lotions with an optimum skin feel. Aside from the mild reaction conditions of enzyme catalysis, this process also offers the significant advantage of being remarkably eco-friendly.
Evonik has conducted its first environmental lifecycle assessment of emollient ester production for cosmetic applications. The system applied for one particular emollient ester was selected as a model process, and this was evaluated based on five standardized environmental criteria:
Even based on conservative assumptions, the biocatalytic process used in manufacturing the emollient ester can save more than 60% energy while reducing the formation of environmentally damaging impurities by as much as 88%—facts that clearly support the sustainability of the biocatalytic process.
As biocatalysts are derived from nature and are usually used in production processes that are similar to their natural function, they are invariably ideal for converting naturally derived raw materials. There is high demand in the cosmetics industry for care specialties derived from natural sources and products that satisfy the criteria of the “natural” tag. Hence, in producing cosmetic ingredients derived from renewable resources, Evonik is keen to stress the advantages of industrial enzymatic applications.
TEGOSOFT® ACNatural-based low-viscosity emollient. Imparts a light and non-oily skin feel, especially in all-natural emulsions.more
TEGOSOFT® CRNatural-based highly pure cosmetic wax ester. Imparts silky but non-oily skin feel. Melts at skin temperature. Especially suitable for skin care products. more
TEGOSOFT® DCNatural-based low-viscous and highly pure cosmetic oil. Especially suitable for O/W sunscreen emulsions.more
TEGOSOFT® MMNatural-based highly pure cosmetic wax. Imparts body to O/W emulsions, especially lotions. Leaves a pleasantly soft skin feel.more
TEGOSOFT® OERNatural-based highly pure cosmetic ester oil. Properties similar to natural jojoba oil.more
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