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My Blue CosmET'IC Congress: Microalgae and the Sea for Beauty

Banyuls will host my Blue Blue CosmET'IC, an international meeting of "beauty and the sea" in the Arago Laboratory, a historic site for marine research, from March 10 to 12, 2021.

These are three days of congresses for the cosmetics sector organized with the support of the Tara Ocean Foundation, CNRS and Sorbonne University. A half-day exchange with startups from research laboratories is also planned.

The aim is to take stock of the latest research and initiatives on the aquatic environment dedicated to the entire cosmetics sector, from the ingredient to the packaging, through the formulation.

Microalgae will be at the centre of the debate. Used in chemical formulas in soluble or dispersible form (in the form of microparticles that remain suspended), they also produce chemically fractional substances (hydrolyzed into sugars) so as to have raw materials useful for the manufacture of bio-based polymers.

Bio-based or eco-responsible packaging will be discussed several times, including a presentation of the Spice initiative (for Sustainable packaging initiative for cosmetics)launched by L'Oréal and environmental consultant Quantis to build the future of sustainable packaging and reduce the environmental footprint of cosmetic products.

On the scientific committee: academics and industrialists. "My Blue CosmET'IC is a unique conference in terms of its scientific value and the breadth of the areas covered. International experts will share their work on biodiversity, biomimicry and biodegradability. Ingredients and packaging will be in the spotlight. Our intention is to give a clear vision and an objective reading of the data published in the literature. For example, Febea will demonstrate that cosmetics account for a tiny fraction of water pollution. The environmental impact of solar filters will also be discussed in the presentation of dedicated tools, says Claudie Willemin, former president of theInternational Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists(IFSCC), who initiated the event with Oceanics.

Stéphane Bruzaud, a professor-researcher at the Dupuy Research Institute in Lôme (University of South Brittany), designs bio-sourced and biodegradable polymers for packaging and cosmetics in particular (production from plant biomass mainly by fermentation). He is also working to adapt the properties of these bacterial and bio-based polymers by playing on the structure of PHA (polyhydroxyalcanoates) as well as on the monitoring of biodegradability in different environments, especially marine ones. It also works, in partnership with the Tara Ocean association, to characterize environmental pollution by plastics and microplastics with the design of extraction devices to quantify and qualify them.

Greensea, a subsidiary of Greentech, which specializes in growing microalgae and transforming algae into innovative ingredients, is the premium sponsor of the event. "My Blue CosmET'IC is an important event. Sponsoring the event allows us to support the sector and aims, as an industrialist, to initiate new collaborations. We are convinced of the interest of the congress, it seemed natural to support the approach initiated by Claudie Willemin,"said Jean-Yves Berthon, Ceo of the Greentech Group.

Other sponsors include L'Oréal, Pierre Fabre and Codif (a specialist in biotechnology and skin biology developing new assets and unique study models), Basf, DSM, Grosset-Fournier - Demachy (industrial property consultancy), and Seppic, Mibelle Group, which sponsors My Blue CosmET'IC Innov'AwaRD, a competition for startups.

The My Blue CosmET'IC conference will be accessible in distance, live, with a format that is both interactive and immersive.

Greensea, sponsor premium

Greensea (formerly Aquamer), a subsidiary of the Greentech Group, has been supplying the global market for 35 years with algae, microalgae and active ingredients from aquatic plants for various markets, including cosmetics.

The company has some 10,000 litres of production capacity in tubular and annular reactors, and collaborates with the Portuguese company Allmicroalgae, a 50% subsidiary of Greentech, which produces more than 100 tonnes of microalgae each year.

Greensea participates in the Future Oceanomics investment program in connection with Tara expeditions.

A European consortium around PHA

The Dupuy Research Institute in Lôme is part of the European NENU2PHAR project, which aims to develop a bioplastic, PHA-based, European and sustainable sector.

Selected as part of the H2020 call for projects, the project brings together some 17 partners. The consortium held its launch meeting in September 2020. Initiated for a period of 4.5 years and coordinated by the ECA, it is supported to the tune of almost 5 million euros by the European Commission. From the selection of bacterial strains or microalgae for the production of PHA to the formulation and treatment of biopolymers and the production of eight different PHA-based products for a variety of application markets, including cosmetics: this project covers the entire value chain of production and the use of PHA-based bioplastics.

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