Silica From Plants and Animals
Silica is traditionally sourced as a byproduct of sand dredging or open pit mining leading to substantial C02 emissions. It has wide usage in industrial, consumer, and pharmaceutical applications. In commodity applications silica is used as a filler and a binder, and demonstrates high levels of performance in skin care and color cosmetics. Yet, sand is not a renewable resource.
“Biogenic” silica can be found in some plants and animals. For example, sponges have body skeletons complemented with silica, unlike calcium based human skeletons, which they produce through a unique enzymatic process. Diatoms, a single cell microalgae, have silica-based walls, and have been studied for their genetic characteristics.
Another source of biogenic silica is sugarcane bagasse, the straw husk that is separated from sugarcane stalks during juicing. A significant enough percentage of biogenic silica is present in bagasse that, if the right process is applied, silica can be derived from the bagasse.
Our new technology allows for the extraction of silica which is uniquely processed and designed to meet key characteristics for use in cosmetics across many categories such as color cosmetics, skin care, body care, sun care and more.
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