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BUILDING SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES WITH INNOVATIVE PERFUMERY PRODUCTS Eco Design

Eco design is about “ taking into account all the environmental impacts of a product right from the earliest stage of design.”

OUR GREEN GATE APPROACH

Every year, Firmenich introduces new ingredients to the perfumer’s palette. In 2010, Firmenich committed to develop biodegradable ingredients and introduced our “Green Gate” concept to ensure that new ingredients are biodegradable and will not accumulate in the environment. We fully met this ambitious goal.

More information on flagship ingredient Clearwood™ is available here.



THE FIRMENICH INGREDIENTS INDEX

The Firmenich Ingredient Index which provides us environmental information on 93% of a typical perfumery compound in volume, helps our perfumery team better understand ingredients impact, throughout their life cycle. A unique collaboration between our QHS&E, Purchasing, Manufacturing, and R&D teams allowed us to build this tool largely with primary data, and track improvements over time (solely relying on databases would prevent us from tracking improvements in our processes and our suppliers’ processes).



INNOVATIVE PERFUMES: WATER-BASED FRAGRANCE

Firmenich’s R&D teams and Perfumery teams have developed and patented innovative alcohol-free fragranced microemulsions, where the fragrance is solubilized in molecular aggregates that are formed spontaneously by physical interactions. Formulated without ethanol, these microemulsions may also provide secondary cosmetic benefits with the addition of bioactives and cosmeceuticals.

The fragrance is solubilized by using naturally derived ingredients such as amino-acid and sugar-based surfactants, emollients, skin enhancers and biodegradable, non-volatile solvents. Cooling agents, used to mimic the refreshing effect of the removed ethanol, also help reduce the need for solubilizer.

Water-based fragrance technologies are environmentally friendly and are free of volatile organic compounds. They contain functional ingredients originating from renewable carbon sources, rely on low-energy consuming technology, and are stabilized naturally by achieving physical equilibrium on a molecular level.

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The “sustainable lifestyle” movement recently gained momentum, with many of our perfumery customers taking on a leadership role.
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Our customers, recognized leaders in sustainability, now ask for more sophisticated sustainability reporting and innovation.Beyond environmental sustainability, they look for social responsibility and inclusive business models.
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