Made entirely of plant protein, the microcapsules are claimed to function like conventional capsules
Xampla, which specialises in natural alternatives to single use plastics, has developed plant-based fragrance microcapsules.
The microcapsules are made entirely of plant protein but are said to function like conventional plastic, providing better fragrance performance and a desired consumer experience.
The Cambridge University spin-out’s technology assembles the proteins to mimic the structure of spider silk, resulting in a strong, flexible and entirely natural material that performs like plastic but without the environmental consequences.
Their production process requires no chemical additives, meaning that the microcapsules safely decompose at end of life.
The breakthrough has been announced at a time when the European Commission and EU Member States are preparing a proposal on the ban of intentionally added microplastics, following the ECHA’s proposed restriction, which was adopted by the ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) in June 2020 and by the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) in December 2020.
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.”