Dow announced a partnership with Locus Performance Ingredients (Locus PI) to distribute the latter's line of sophorolipid biosurfactants in the global personal care market. Sophorolipids are an ingredient in the glycolipid class of biosurfactants that are said to exhibit quality performance in foam stability and surface tension reduction.
As previously reported, all of Locus PI's sophorolipid ingredients have earned the USDA Certified Bio-based Product label for containing 100% bio-based, renewable content. The ingredients offer a substantial reduction in carbon footprint relative to conventional surfactants, according to the company.
Isabel Almiro do Vale, global marketing and strategy director for Dow Personal Care, said, “Today’s consumers are looking for personal care products that can offer a hygiene factor as well as caring properties to their skin or hair. This partnership with Locus PI, an unrivaled expert in biosurfactants and fermentation, complements our innovation, strength and strong position in the personal care market. The addition of Locus PI’s biosurfactants allows us to further deliver on our promise to develop products that are safe for people and the planet while accelerating the transition toward a low-carbon, circular economy.”
Tim Staub, CEO of Locus PI, said, “This exclusive partnership with Dow enables accelerated global adoption of high-performance, fermentation-produced biosurfactants that address numerous industry challenges while advancing shared sustainability goals. The resulting products formulated with biosurfactants can offer superb effectiveness with simpler, more transparent and more natural formulations.”