January 10, 2013
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company announced last week the launch of its Innovation Award program for companies using its Zemea propanediol (1,3 PDO) in their cosmetic and personal care ingredients or formulations.
The bio-based 1,3 PDO is made from corn sugar through fermentation and can be an alternative to petroleum-based glycols and glycerin (not that there are many synthetic glycerin out there) for use in cosmetics and personal care.
Eligible companies have either commercialized a finished product for retail or launched another ingredient that contains Zemea from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012. Nominations are being accepted between January 3 and January 31, 2013, and the winning company will be announced on February 25, to coincide with the Personal Care Products Council annual meeting in Florida.
The winning company will receive an engraved plaque and a contribution of $1,500 on the winner's behalf to an approved charity of its choice (I approve that idea but maybe a bigger amount might be better...).