The circular economy is based on the concept that materials and products are never wasted but always reused or recycled. As a philosophy, it decouples economic growth from resource use and promotes a regenerative growth model that gives back to the planet more than it takes. No more “Take, make, dispose.”
Biosilica™ was born out of the effort to make our sustainable cosmetics platform even more circular. Sugarcane ashes are a byproduct of sugarcane juicing used in fermentation. Ashes are created from burning bagasse, the leftover fibers from juice extraction, used for electricity generation. Only a portion of these ashes are used for fertilizer. We wanted to find a way to use all of the ashes. The development of pure, high quality Biosilica™ was led by Amyris in partnership with the UCP in Porto/AICEP Consortium Project to bring clean beauty from these ashes.