Givaudan and LanzaTech want to create fragrances from recycled carbon

LanzaTech’s carbon recycling technology could see new applications in the beauty industry. The carbon capture and transformation company has teamed up with perfume and beauty ingredient maker Givaudan to develop new generations of sustainable ingredients.

After more than 15 years of ramp-up, LanzaTech’s carbon transformation technology is based on converting CO2 emissions into ethanol and then converting that ethanol into building blocks needed to manufacture a wide range of consumer goods, such as laundry detergents, clothes, shoes or food packaging. Additionally, through biological synthesis and modeling capabilities, LanzaTech can use its biocatalysis technology to produce many different chemical substances. Several commercial facilities are already using LanzaTech’s technology and converting various carbon emissions into ethanol, including industrial emissions in China, using the power of industrial biology and a proprietary biocatalyst.

The research collaboration with Givaudan is expected to leverage this synthetic biology capability and go beyond ethanol production, with the companies working together to establish new pathways for creating sustainable fragrance ingredients used across the Givaudan portfolio.

Both companies are long-time members of the Renewable Carbon Initiative, an organization whose goal is to support and accelerate the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all chemicals and organic materials.

LanzaTech previously partnered with L’OrĂ©al to create a plastic bottle made from renewable carbon [1] and, more recently, to Coty to replace the ethanol used in their fragrances with recycled carbon.

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