[English] Upcycled Ingredients to Watch

Upcycled food is defined as “ones that use ingredients that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains, and have a positive impact on the environment” (Upcycled Food Organization, May 2020).

As consumers strive to make purchases that are more eco-friendly, Cosmetics & Toiletries have highlighted that:

Upcycled Ingredients

Upcycled ingredients such as seeds, peels, flowers, fruit and other foods are often rejected by the food industry and can therefore be upcycled for use in cosmetic products. Commodity ingredients such as vegetable oils, butters, extracts and exfoliant seeds from fruits are more commonly used for skin care and hair care.

Specialties, on the other hand, are a more refined way of extracting from foods. For example, formulators can use banana leaves through enzymatic extraction to create Musa sapientum (banana) extract, which can then be used as a preservative booster /preservative. Likewise, a citrus peel, through enzymatic extraction, can create pectin for cosmetics formulations.

Upcycled Packaging

120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry, bulked out by the use of complex lids, multi-layered boxes, and cellophane, much of which is non-recyclable, ending up in our landfills and oceans (Glamour, 2020).

Packaging Innovation Examples:

Waste no More – Turn Trash Into Treasure | Evonik

As consumers want their products to ‘do more’, formulators can respond by selecting active ingredients that begin as by-products or second generation feedstocks. In partnership, Surfachem and Evonik offers a wide portfolio of upcycled ingredients and by-products.

Have You Tried?

TEGO® Natural CitrusCitrus ReticulataUpcycled Ingredient Antioxidative effects for radiant and harmonised skin appearance
TEGO® Natural MangiferaMangifera indica (mango) leavesUpcycled Ingredient Superfruit with strong antioxidative properties to delay skin aging
TEGO® Natural BetaineSugar Beet MolassesBy-product ProcessingNatural amino acid delivering strong moisturisation properties
TEGO® Sterol KCSRenewable Sheep WoolBy-product ProcessingCholesterol derivative re-enforces the natural skin barrier
TEGO® Sterol 7-DHCRenewable Sheep WoolBy-product ProcessingVitamin D3 precursor elevates skin's protective power

Find Out More

For more information on any of the above oral care ingredients , please contact us or send us an email at sales@surfachem.de.


Wednesday, 17 March, 2021