- Creator of natural alternatives to single-use plastic, Xampla, has developed its technology to create plant-based fragrance microcapsules.
- Xampla’s microcapsules are made entirely of plant protein but function like conventional plastic, enabling fragrance performance and the desired consumer experience.
- Xampla’s microcapsules will offer industry a sustainable alternative to plastic microcapsules, set to be regulated under the ECHA microplastics ban.
A research breakthrough has led to the creation of entirely natural substitutes for fragrance microcapsules that biodegrade after use.
Creator of natural alternatives to single-use plastic, Xampla, has developed a new application for its plant-protein material to help the fragrance industry transition away from plastic microcapsules, set to be regulated under the ECHA microplastics ban.
Xampla’s fragrance microcapsules are being designed to sustainably and seamlessly substitute their plastic counterparts. They will perform like conventional plastic safeguarding fragrance longevity and consumer experience.
The production process uniquely requires no chemical additives meaning the microcapsules safely decompose at end of life.
The technology has been developed by leading scientists and experts in olfactive evaluation to respond to the changing industry landscape as it prepares for new plastics regulation.
The ECHA microplastics ban is predicted to prevent the release of up to 500,000 tonnes of microplastics over 20 years , but will necessitate a transition away from plastic microcapsules including those used in fragrance.
Xampla is a Cambridge University spin-out Chaired by Jeff Seabright, former Unilever Chief Sustainability Officer. It creates natural substitutes for single-use plastic with a mission to reduce marine plastic pollution.
The technology assembles plant protein to mimic the molecular structure of spider silk, resulting in a strong, flexible and entirely natural material that performs like plastic without the environmental consequences.
Lynette Holland, Principal Scientist at Xampla, said:
Before joining Xampla I worked in fragrance development at FMCG brands for more than 20 years. I witnessed first-hand the innovations that have ensured consumers get the best possible fragrance experience from their home and personal care products.
Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing crises of our time. The forthcoming microplastics regulation is much needed. Plastic microcapsules cannot be created or disposed of sustainably, and we are proud that we will be able to offer the fragrance industry a solution to comply with regulation and enable the fragrance experience customers know and love.