Origine by Diam Launched across Europe

Closure Company Diam Bouchage has unveiled a sustainable version of its Diam closure range in Europe. Named Origine, the technology uses food grade castor oil as the binding agent with microspheres produced from beeswax. The new Origine technology will be used to produce standard corks.diam

This new technology has been designed for producers looking for an option of higher OTR and those looking for sustainable options.

The new technology offers higher oxygen permeability, while providing the same structural guarantee when compared to the other products in the same range.

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Plume Cosmetics Launches World’s First 100 Per Cent Natural, Growth-Activated Brow Pomade

Plume Cosmetics, a premium natural cosmetics company has launched a new cosmetic product with castor oil as one of the ingredients. Named Nourish & Define Brow Pomade, it is the world’s first all-natural, growth-activated coloured cosmetic product for eyebrows.PLUME-701x368

The product contains active ingredients like vitamin E, castor seed oil and coleus forskohlii root oil. Nourish & Define Brow Pomade sculpts, fills and adds texture to brows, while these active ingredients work beneath the surface to gradually enhance the brow growth over time.

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Luxury Jersey Chooses EVO by Fulgar

After sportswear and casualwear, high end fashion textiles sector is showing interest towards sustainability. Italian’s leading producer of high quality knitted fabrics, Luxury Jersey has chosen to partner with Fulgar, for the creation of its most recent product, NAL0064 made with EVO, the innovative bio-based yarn by Fulgar.fabrics_215648

EVO, an innovative biobased yarn developed by Fulgar is made from castor oil. It is suitable for any textile application and ideal for sportswear. It is ultra-light, super stretch and extremely breathable.

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Overview of Bioplastics – Classifications, Feedstock, Uses, End of Life Options – Bioplastics Guide

The Bioplastics Guide, which was started by EAI as a specialized division to provide strategy and market consulting for the bioplastics and biopolymers segments, has a useful section that provides an overview of bioplastics.

The following are the main topics discussed in this section:

  • Bioplastics and its classification
  • Feedstock used to make Bioplastics
  • Biodegradable plastics
  • Non-Biodegradable plastics
  • Bioplastics and its end-use segments
  • End-life options for bioplastics
  • Bioplastics – Markets and Trends
  • Standards and Certifications available for Bioplastics
  • Consulting for Bioplastics

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Selective Conversion of Castor Oil Derived Ricinoleic Acid Methyl Ester into Jet Fuel

Recent research shows production of jet fuel from ricinoleic acid methyl ester.

Experiments conducted earlier have shown the possibility of producing jet fuel from Jet-Fuelcastor oil or hydro processing castor oil.

Now scientists from China have found that jet fuel could be produced from castor oil derived ricinoleic acid methyl ester. A unique hydroxyl group in the ricinoleic acid chain induced a special thermal rearrangement reaction in medium chain fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) and heptanal formation. This reaction was used as a starting point for the production of jet fuel.

Results showed that the carbon selectivity in the castor oil to jet fuel process was as high as 90%.

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New Improved Castor Oil Fatliquoring Agent

Castor oil in water emulsions, also known as fatliquors are used for lubrication of tanned leather fibres to get softness and improve strength properties. Fatliquoring agents are usually obtained by chemical modification.

Now scientists have performed an experiment using nano-TiO2 as emulsifying agent. imagesThe fatliquoring agent based on castor oil was prepared using nano-TiO2 as emulsifying agent by mechanical mixing. Thus castor oil/nano-TiO2 composite fatliquoring agent (CTF) was obtained via Pickering emulsion method.

Pickering emulsion method is the process of preparing emulsion that is stabilized by solid particles which adsorb onto the interface between the two phases.

Results showed that the addition of nano-TiO2 stabilized the emulsion and the application of emulsion in the leather fatliquoring process of goatskin garment improved the physical and mechanical properties of leather. Also, CTF was biodegradable compared to chemically modified castor oil fatliquoring agent.

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New Medicated Soap from Castor

Recent study has found the production of medicated soap from castor oil.

Medicated soaps are those used for bathing, and contains additives that helps kill germs and other microorganisms. They can also have other functions like skin toning and age defying effects. Generally all types of soaps are prepared using caustic soda.

Now scientists from Nigeria have performed an experiment to produce medicated soap castor oilfrom castor oil extract. Castor oil was extracted via soxhlet extractor and the characterization studies were carried out. It was found that the acid value and saponification value of the oil were between the ranges of values specified by ASTM.

The soap produced gave a pH of 8.9 and the antibacterial activity of the soap on the bacterial isolate Staphylococcus aureus showed a greater inhibition zone, thus concluding that a highly effective soap can be produced from castor oil.

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Production of Oriented Strand Board (OSB) with Schizolobium amazonicum and Castor Oil Based Polyurethane Resin

Researchers from Brazil performed an experiment to evaluate the feasibility of OSB Castor oilpanel production Parica (Schizolobium amazonicum) wood particles bonded by castor oil based polyurethane resin. Three different resin contents (8%, 10% and 12%) were evaluated.

Results showed that panels produced with 8% of resin content were best as they were compatible with norm requirements and used less resin in the manufacturing process. Thus Parica wood and castor oil based polyurethane resin in the OSB panels production is feasible.

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Fulgar Develops Castor Oil-Based Fibre

Italian synthetic fibre business Fulgar has launched a new high performance nylon fibreFulgar made from biopolymer extracted from castor oil seed.

The fibre, Evo, is suitable for all applications, particularly, for the sports sector as it is ultra-light, stretchy and easily breathable.

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Emerging Application of Castor oil in Personal Care Sector

Castor oil and derivatives are widely used in soaps, creams (tretinoin), shampoos, perfumes, lip gels, lipsticks, hair oils, deodorants, lubricants, sunscreens, and other personal care products.

It has been used in skin care products for centuries, and continues to play an important part in soaps and cosmetics.

Cosmetics manufacturers use castor oil and its derivatives in formulating non-comedogenic cosmetics (cosmetics that don’t exacerbate or contribute to acne) and emollients.

The major companies using castor oil for cosmetics are given in the table.

Company Country Products castor derivatives used in Derivative Used
Lavera USA Deodorants, body lotion, sunscreen Zinc ricinoleate and HCO
Avene USA Deodorant Zinc ricinoleate
Jason USA Body lotion and deodorants Zinc ricinoleate
Arkema France Hair care, beauty creams Undecylenic acid
Aveya Beauty USA Hair care products Castor oil basic grades
Worlee Cosmetics Germany Natural exfoliants HCO

The global demand for organic personal care products is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 9.6 per cent.

Castor today contributes only a small % to this sector, but the potential is much higher.