Nalco gets green award for personal care ingredients portfolio

By Simon Pitman

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Personal care, Environment, Natural environment

Specialty conditioning polymers manufacturer Nalco has been given the Frost & Sullivan 2008 North American Green Excellence Award.

Nominated for its global leadership in the field, the award reflects the company’s proactive stand with regards to the environmental impact of its manufacturing process.

Likewise, Frost & Sullivan said that that the company had achieved outstanding evidence of sustainability in the development of green products that represents a ‘potential change agent’ within the personal care specialty chemical industry.

Responsible Care

"Nalco has proven to be proactive in mitigating the potentially adverse environmental effects of production processes and was one of the founding members of Responsible Care, the chemical industry's international standard for environmentally safe business practices,"​ said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Christopher Shanahan.

"Nalco is also a proactive supporter of REACH), which is the European Union's (EU) effort to regulate the chemical industry so as to protect people and the environment from the possible hazards tied to chemical products."

The company says it has a proven track record of sustainable manufacturing and green products, evinced by a number of products in its portfolio that have been developed to be safe for the environment and are based on naturally derived ingredients.

Sensomer polymer

One example is its Sensomer, CI-50 conditioning polymer, which is a liquid polysaccharide produced from naturally derived potato starch and suitable for a wide range of personal care products, particularly the growing number that claim to be natural based.

This ingredient is said to be appropriate for a number of hair care and skin care applications, due to its ability to improve suppleness, foam stability and moisturization qualities.

Likewise, the company’s Ultimer polymers, a line derived from concentrated salt solution, has been developed to contain no oils because the company has managed to eliminate the use of non-renewable materials from the formulation.

Shanahan claims that these processes demonstrate how the company is working towards these more sustainable goals and to increasing the green qualities of its product portfolio.

"Specifically, Nalco has been aggressively stabilizing or shrinking the environmental impact of its production processes while continuing to increase production and grow business,"​ he said.

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