Bio-on's Minerv Bio Cosmetics bioplastic obtains international NATRUE certification
Bio-on's Minerv Bio Cosmetics bioplastic obtains international NATRUE certification.
"We chose to certify our biopolymers with NATRUE," explains Bio-on Chairman and CEO Marco Astorri, "because it is a centre of global excellence. The certification issued by NATRUE rewards Bio-on's intuition in the cosmetics field and the scientific staff at our CNS division (Cosmetic, Nanomedicine and Smart materials). NATRUE certification confirms that Minerv Bio Cosmetics is one of the biggest innovations in the cosmetics sector in recent years. For us," concludes Astorri, "it's a major milestone ahead of the production set to begin in 2018 at new plants in Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna."
"There are companies around the world," explains Paolo Saettone, head of the CNS Business Unit (Cosmetic, Nanomedicine and Smart materials), "offering so-called "natural" products that are actually only fractionally "green" or are labelled "biodegradable" while neglecting to point out that they biodegrade in an 'assisted way only'. Our great innovation," explains Saettone, "lies in replacing the polluting microbeads contained in many cosmetic formulations with a completely ecological material and simultaneously in improving performances thanks to exceptional oil absorption teamed with a smooth, soft focus effect."
All the PHAs bioplastics (polyhydroxyalkanoates) developed by Bio-on are made from renewable plant sources with no competition with food supply chains. They guarantee the same thermo-mechanical properties as conventional plastics with the advantage of being 100% eco-sustainable and naturally biodegradable. Minerv Bio Cosmetics will be manufactured by Bio-on at its new plant, under construction in Castel San Pietro Terme outside Bologna over an area of 30,000 m2. It will have 3,700 m2 covered space and 6,000 m2 land for development. When it becomes operational, in the first half of 2018, it will have a production capacity of 1,000 tons per year, rapidly expandable to 2,000. The plant, in which Bio-on is investing 20 million Euro, will be equipped with the very latest technologies and the most cutting-edge laboratories to meet the requirements of cosmetics companies around the world.
All cosmetics (not just natural and organic ones) must comply with EU Regulation 1223/2009.
Organic cosmetics must comply with (EC) Regulation no. 834/2007.
The criteria of the NATRUE standard are summarised in the following document:
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