Greening Personal Care Chemistry

The challenges for chemical-intensive industries, including the producers of personal care products, in the 21st century are as great as those faced by almost any industry.1 The chemical industry, which has been effective in supplying a diverse range of intermediates and formulation components largely based on low-cost petroleum feedstock, is now under pressure to change the way it operates. The drivers for change affect all aspects of production, notably feedstock, manufacturing processes and the choice and key design features of products(Figure 1).

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