A version of this post was previously published by Amyris, Aprinnova’s joint venture partner. 

Sustainability starts at the source — two in five European consumers find third-party, verified certifications an influential factor when purchasing goods, inclusing beauty and personal care products (GlobalData’s Q3 2021 consumer survey). Aprinnova’s feedstock source is sustainably harvested sugarcane, certified by Bonsucro, a global non-profit organization founded by the World Wildlife Fund that ensures responsible sugarcane production, processing, and trade. The Bonsucro certification allows Aprinnova to achieve new levels of accountability and transparency into the lifecycle of the sugarcane used in its fermentation process. As a result, brands and consumers can have complete confidence that Aprinnova’s cosmetic ingredients and products, powered by Amyris’ sugarcane fermentation technology, are made sustainably, from the start.

Sugarcane can be found in over 100 countries, where it easily grows with no irrigation, takes as little as nine months to grow to maturity, and recovers quickly after harvesting. These traits make sugarcane an extremely sustainable solution for a bio-based economy and enable the transition away from a petroleum-based production model. While sugarcane is inherently a more sustainable crop, it must be proactively protected to ensure an abundant and sustainable future for the crop and surrounding environments — and Bonsucro was founded to do just that.

As a member of the United Nations Global Compact, Bonsucro has 250 members across 50+ countries who certify over 72M tons of sugarcane per year. Bonsucro employs a production standard and a chain of custody standard to ensure traceability and accountability across every step of the sugarcane supply chain. Their platform also complies with ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice, a globally recognized framework that defines practices for effective and credible sustainability systems.

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Bonsucro Has a Proven Track Record

Bonsucro’s two standards for certification — production and chain of custody (CoC) — offer a complete record of the sugarcane’s journey from farm to mill. Not only are indicators such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water consumption, and energy per kilogram of sugarcane measured, but the supply from feedstock production through consumption is also accounted for. These regulations and certifications for sustainability have yielded tangible impacts for the environment and the sugarcane-growing communities:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions by farms have decreased by 31% and by 20% for mills over the past four years.
  • Diesel consumption decreased by 25% compared to non-Bonsucro certified sugarcane growers.
  • Bonsucro-certified Brazilian sugarcane suppliers from farmers to millers reported an 80% lower rate of accidents and an 88% decrease in fines related to health and safety compared to non-Bonsucro-certified sugarcane suppliers in Brazil.

Use of Bonsucro-certified sugarcane furthers Aprinnova’s own sustainability commitment, while also helping brands use this certification to meet CSR targets and provide eco-conscious consumers around the world sustainable, high performance products. The Bonsucro certification supports Aprinnova’s mission to shift the world to sustainable ingredients without compromising on performance.

Learn More about Aprinnova’s Ingredients

Each Aprinnova ingredient leverages Amyris’ yeast-based fermentation technology to produce the most sustainable sugarcane-derived, clean ingredients. These ingredients power innovations in skincare, color cosmetics, haircare, body and personal care, and more. Here is a list of Aprinnova’s ingredients, all derived from sugarcane:

  • Neossance™ Squalane: the best-performing, most sustainable natural emollient
  • Neossance Hemisqualane: the best-performing natural and sustainable replacement for D5 and silicone fluids
  • SimplySolid™: moisturizing solid skincare ingredient to launch applications with less packaging 
  • Biosilica™: a plant-derived replacement for extractive silica and microplastics with excellent performance 
  • CleanScreen™: the sustainable, high performance UV mineral dispersion with full sun protection 

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