Biodegradable Alternatives to Microplastic

At BioPowder.com, we have a clear goal: to provide biodegradable and compostable additives to replace microplastics. The environmental impact of plastics in numerous consumer goods can no longer be neglected due to obvious damages to the world's ecosystems. There are many sources of plastic ending up in the waters and hence in our food chain: abrasion of tyres, shoe soles, unrecycled waste and cosmetic items, just to name a few. Even the most conscious consumers are involuntary culprits of nature's contamination, so the quest for ecological alternatives could not be a stronger priority.

Polypropylene, Polyethylene and Polyurethane Replacements in Cosmetics

Traditionally, a variety of skincare items have contained micrometric spheres or beads for different reasons: either as fillers to reduce mass and price of gels, cremes and makeup products, or as exfoliating beads, i.e. abrasive particles for a deep cleansing effect. Manufacturers have not taken into account the challenges of recycling, and legal barriers were close to absent. Fortunately things have changed: in the United States, the Microbead-Free Waters Act (2015) prohibits the addition of plastic particles to most personal care items. In Europe, the Microbeads (Prohibition) Bill of 2019 forbids production, commercialization and export of wash-off cosmetics containing microplastic. Hence, natural polyethylene alternatives for body scrubs, face scrubs, hand cleaners and other rinse-off items are on the rise. BioPowder.com offers tailored solutions, above all olive stone exfoliators in various micron ranges.

Our natural beads integrate with nearly every PE- or PU-based formulation and add advantages such as

  • safety: neither human ingestion nor rinse-off into the sewage lines are problematic
  • color: the light, clean particles are excellent carriers of pigments and can be bleached and/or whitened
  • particle shape: a compact grain shape without sharp edges ensures are pleasant skin feel
  • zero-waste guarantee: our raw materials come from upcycled olive oil waste. No waste is produced during manufacturing
  • maximum sustainability and absence of chemicals due to purely mechanical processing

Polyethylene Alternatives as Fillers

A wide range of cosmetic items contain filler materials. Often in combination with the aforementioned abrasive beads, powdery polyethylene or polypropylene additives are added to toothpastes, body washes, soap, cleaning products and household chemicals. For all those applications, we provide fine micronized fruit stones as effective and sustainable substitutes. Our filler solutions are suitable for solid and viscuous formulations. In contrast to inert plastic fillers, they are reactive with antioxidant properties (OH-groups), a strong binding capacity and excellent carrying behaviour for fragrances.

Also in non-cosmetic applications, powders made of fruit stones and shells can be highly efficient polypropylene alternatives or a substitute of polythene. Most manufacturers of conventional plastics have upgraded their range with bioplastics made from bio-based additives.
There is endless room for innovation, and BioPowder.com additives have proven to enhance texture, tensile strength, bending behaviour and resistance of material mixes used in injection molding or extrusion processes. Besides, they their characteristic composition makes them eco-friendly hdpe alternatives in polymer formulations for high-density materials.
In addition, our additives have replaced synthetic fillers and fibers in a number of composite materials. No matter what your intended texture, shape or size might be - we have the right solution to enhance material properties and recyclability of your polymer mixtures.

Most recently, BioPowder.com has launched FP (Functional Powder) H50 and H100: this line of hydrophobic olive stone powder is a very effective matting agent for paints and coatings. It can be used to seamlessly replace polyethylene, polythene or polyurethane micropowders in existing formulations and further be a number one matting agent for bio-based coatings.

BioPowder.com is an innovative manufacturer with offices in Spain, Malta and Germany. We proud ourselves with our raw materials expertise, close collaboration with local olive oil mills and fruit-processers and research institutes. We analyze your needs and make sure to identify the best additive to make your products stand out. Customization and worldwide shipment is ensured by our international team. We look forward to learning about your project!

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