Sustainable Palm in a Nutshell
For the second year in a row, BASF used In-Cosmetics to promote sustainable palm efforts. Last year, BASF expanded its
purchasing volumes by about 32,000 tons to 158,000 metric tons, and nearly doubled the sales of certified products
based on palm kernel oil. BASF had an overall oil palm exposure of 508,000 metric tons in 2016, according to company
“BASF has made good progress on its way to achieving
sustainable palm products and we believe sustainable palm
is possible. A reliable certification system and maximum
transparency are key steps toward protecting high carbon
stock forests,” said Jan-Peter Sander, SVP-BASF Personal
Care Europe. “This allows us to help our customers fulfill
the obligations they took to achieve sustainable palm-based
products, and participate actively in shaping the market as it
At the In-Cosmetics Palm Dialog, BASF invited stake-
holders up and down the supply chain, for their input. Aldi’s
Marika Felix noted that food accounts for 80% of the retail-
er’s palm footprint,
with personal care
accounting for just
20%. She urged more
tween all stakehold-
ers and explained
that Aldi takes costs
out of the certified
palm process via ef-
To further promote the sustainable
use of palm oil, more
manufacturers are utilizing mass balance strategies, whereby
sustainably-sourced palm is mixed with standard palm oil.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) issues Mass
According to Sander, transparency and joint responsibility are on the rise, but he issued a caveat: “Don’t wait for the
Uninformed consumers and NGOs can wreak havoc on industry sectors. Remember when bad science crippled the market for
parabens? Phil Hindley of Lonza explained how the industry can
“Lonza is defending preservation systems, but the industry
needs to pull together to make sure that existing preservation
systems don’t end up like methylisothiazolinone.”
The EU banned MIT for use in leave-on products.
“We need to restore the good name of preservatives and the
faith that people have
in them,” said Hindley.
Lonza’s Jeff Rogers
went further, pointing
out that consumers
don’t understand the
vital role that preser-
vatives play in product
efficacy and safety.
Cosmetics and NYSCC
Suppliers’ Day, Lonza
debuted several pro-
totype formulas that highlighted its Polyaldo emulsifiers and
preservative portfolio, especially the Geogard line, which is com-
pliant with Ecocert, Cosmos, Natrue and the Soil Association, as
well as being vegan and halal.
“We’re showcasing relevant technology that we have to offer
the industry,” explained Victor Low. “We can be a one-stop shop
for formulators searching for new ideas.”
Those ideas include Frosty Feel Ice Cream textured lotion and
Jump Start Day Gel Primer; the latter appeals to formulators ea-
ger to create products that fit with the Korean Beauty trend for
Croda has been combining sustainability with efficacy for
decades. During NYSCC Suppliers’ Day, Croda executives detailed their efforts during an annual press briefing in New York.
Chris Sayner noted that the concept of sustainability is relatively
new. In 1987, the UN Brundtland Commission defined sustainable development as“meeting the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
needs.” But it wasn’t until 1999 that companies in the personal
care industry began issuing sustainability reports.
“As a supplier, our job is to align our sustainability efforts to
those of our customers,” noted Sayner.
Croda is focused on water, waste, carbon and renewable resources. Its Atlas Point, DE facility, for example, will produce 100%
renewable, 100% biobased nonionic surfactants for the personal
and household care industries. The $170 million investment, to be
completed in Q4, will reduce fossil fuel reliance. The Eco Range of
surfactants is 100% renewable and 100% biobased. The new line
will be registered and tested with the USDA BioPreferred Program.
Furthermore, products containing palm oil derivatives are RSPO
Supply Chain Certified via Mass Balance, according to Croda.
Clearly the industry is brimming with new ingredients and
concepts, but observers are asking, just how many exhibitions are
needed to showcase them all? •
Long-time exhibitors were quite pleased with
NYSCC Suppliers’ Day.
Croda is rolling out the Eco
range of surfactants.