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The Greening of Cosmetic Valley

March 4, 2010

Last night was suppliers night for the NSW branch of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists. The night was filled with fun and interesting ingredients but it was gardening that got my attention!

Alban Muller is a company that manufactures natural extracts for use in a wide range of cosmetic products. They have everything from the exfoliating Grapefruit, Red Sorrel and Pineapple to the Nourishing Chestnut, Oat and Wheat extract. While this company is not unique in offering actives of this type (natural and organic) they do take natural manufacturing to a whole new level!

Alban Muller employ a funky little water treatment system called phytoremediation to cleanse and purify the waste water that comes from their factory.  In a nutshell this means that the grey water (used in factory processes) gets pumped through a number of different plants and soils before making it back out into the open as clean and sparkling water!  This water can then be re-used in factory processes or be used to nurture an ornimental garden.  With cosmetic companies going through lots  of water due to its use as an essential ingredient, as part of the washing materials, as a cooling aid and for all of the usual plumbing, this eco-friendly water treatment method is a great eco leap forward. The fact that  this company is taking matters into their own hands by taking full responsibility for cleaning up their waste is worth singing about I think!

This is just one example of how the cosmetics industry is embracing ‘Green Chemistry’ and making changes that many at the end of the supply chain never even get to hear about. Alban Muller established the “‘Cosmetic Valley” in 2005 in order to promote and support ‘green intelligence’ among the industry and I for one salute them! Good stuff.

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