3.Widening Palette of Green Ingredients. Cosmetic formulators now have access to a wide range of natural ingredients from a variety of sustainable feedstock. Originally, natural ingredients were mostly plant-based, however new materials are now coming from seaweed, algae, trees and bacteria.
Mariana Royer, Founder and CEO of Bio ForeXtra, showed how active ingredients can be sourced from forest biomass. The Canadian company has a line of COSMOS certified natural ingredients produced from bark material in the Boreal forest. Damien Perriman from Genomatica gave details on the biotechnology process it is using to make butylene glycol from sugar feedstock.