“Greener Chemistry for Personal
York 22nd June 2010
David Elliott -Facilitator
• “Green chemistry, also known as
sustainable chemistry, is the design of
chemical products and processes that
reduce or eliminate the use or generation
of hazardous substances. Green
chemistry applies across the life cycle of a
chemical product, including its design,
manufacture, and use.”
• Source – EPA.
Myths and realities
• Need to balance effectiveness/safety.
• Mass market – volume.
• Regulatory issues – how many
preservatives are allowed?
• Market drivers. Market trends e.g. Turbo
• Market power.
• Parabens: preservatives linked to cancer
& skin allergies
• - Petrochemicals: artificially fragrance &
• Formaldehydes: preservative linked to
• - Sodium Laureth Sulphate / Sodium
Lauryl Sulphate:foaming agents known to
cause skin irritations
• Mineral oils like silicones linked to
premature ageing and headaches
• - Aluminium salts in deodorants linked to
• - Phthalates believed to cause hormone
disruption & asthma
can improve facial
Food/drink with beauty
• Asia leads
• Ex Mintel
Supplements with beauty
enhancing claims -Mintel
Where have we come from?
“Facilitate the formation of partnerships which
enhance the profitability and competitiveness of
members of the personal care supply chain
• Momentum still continues to increase – new Companies becoming
engaged all the time! Core activity is the development of new
business opportunities in the UK and Overseas.
• 10 meetings & 5 newsletters (more to come)
Where are we now?
• New identity/new framework
(Funded by Yorkshire Forward
managed by YCF).
• This combination is leading to
new openings and an
increasing range of
• Examples include International
collaboration, a wider network,
possibilities of R&D with the
University sector and an
engagement with Croda,
Boots,Reckitt Benckiser, SSL
etc via Open Innovation.
Events in 2010
• Numerous UK/export
opportunities flagged to
• Major event in Leeds over 100
• Visit to In-Cosmetics 2010 –
7839 visitors. Numerous
contacts some of which have
already led to meetings.
• Activities on behalf of
• Increasing involvement in
• Developing new collaborative
Where do we plan to go?
• More events • More formal
• More contacts structure
• More intense • Bigger menu
interventions • Another large