The concept of upcycled ingredients has yet to be fully appreciated in some parts of Asia, particularly in South East Asian countries like Thailand, where consumers tend to link it with lower prices and quality, says one supplier.
Canadian food products supplier Fruit D’Or utilizes closed loop cultivation and other environmentally sustainable processing practices to upcycle cranberry seed oil co-products for cosmetic and personal beauty care product manufacturing and formulation.
A Singapore-based food start-up cultivating mushroom mycelium as an alternative protein source believes it can also serve the cosmetics industry as a natural, sustainable, and completely food-safe ingredient.
Polyphenolic compounds recovered from waste from the production of craft beers may boost mitochondrial activity and prevent oxidative stress in skin cells, and offer novel anti-aging ingredients for cosmetic formulations.
Circular beauty startup Honestly it’s has developed a waterless, upcycled coffee scrub and is working on an orange peel waste variant to launch next year – products it wants to take mainstream and inspire other brands with.