Xampla launched fragrance microcapsules for its products as a substitute for plastic microcapsules. The production process requires no chemical additives, allowing microcapsules to safely decompose, according to the company.
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The fragrance microcapsules will perform like conventional plastic by protecting fragrance longevity and consumer experience. The technology assembles plant protein to mimic the molecular structure of spider silk, resulting in a sustainable material that still acts like plastic. It was developed by leading scientists and experts in olfactive evaluation.
A ban on ECHA microplastics will necessitate a transition away from plastic microcapsules. It is predicted to prevent the release of up to 500,000 tons of microplastics over 20 years.
Lynette Holland, principal scientist at Xampla, says, “Before joining Xampla I worked in fragrance development at FMCG brands for more than 20 years. I witnessed first-hand the innovations that have ensured consumers get the best possible fragrance experience from their home and personal care products.”
Holland continued, “Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing crises of our time. The forthcoming microplastics regulation is much needed. Plastic microcapsules cannot be created or disposed of sustainably, and we are proud that we will be able to offer the fragrance industry a solution to comply with regulation and enable the fragrance experience customers know and love.”