01 Apr '11, 12am

Eastman Cleans Up Chemicals in Makeup: By Jonathan Bardelline KINGSPORT, TN — Eastman Chemical Company announced...

Eastman Cleans Up Chemicals in Makeup: By Jonathan Bardelline KINGSPORT, TN — Eastman Chemical Company announced...

KINGSPORT, TN — Eastman Chemical Company announced this week the first cosmetic and skin care ingredient made with a process that cuts out harsh acids and uses less energy and water. Called GEM technology, the process also fits into Eastman's plan to have more-sustainable chemicals and materials account for two-thirds of revenue from new products. GEM, which won a U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award in 2009, uses enzymes instead of acids and solvents to make a key group of cosmetic and personal care ingredients called esters. Using enzymes eliminates the use of harsher manufacturing techniques and also cuts energy and water use. Making esters with strong acids requires high temperatures and creates byproducts that have to be removed, requiring more energy. Solvents that are used to make esters, meanwhile, are potentially hazardous to people and the enviro...

Full article: https://www.greenbiz.com/news/2011/03/31/eastman-cleans-u...

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