Company’s n-butanol and acetone can now serve as ingredients for the growing markets for kosher and halal consumer goods
Ashland, Virginia and Abingdon, Oxfordshire U.K. (September 18, 2017) – Green Biologics, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Green Biologics Ltd., a U.K. industrial biotechnology and renewable chemicals company, announced today that it has achieved kosher and halal certification for the 100 percent biobased n-butanol and acetone, produced at the company’s commercial facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. These certifications enable Green Biologics’ chemicals to serve as ingredients for personal, homecare and food products.
“The kosher and halal certifications that have been granted to our Little Falls, MN manufacturing facility will further enable us to build partnerships within the major food, cleaning and cosmetic brands, to name a few,” said David Anderson, Vice President of Marketing at Green Biologics. “These certifications are becoming popular, not only for those with religious motivations, but also to the wider market as they are being used as an effective method for identifying high quality goods.”
The recent certifications are an important milestone for Green Biologics’ BioPure™ n-butanol and acetone, which are entirely produced using renewable feedstocks. Consumers and retailers are increasingly demanding products produced from natural or sustainable ingredients. Both n-butanol and acetone can also serve as additives and solvents in personal care, cosmetic, and both household and industrial cleaning products. For cosmetics, while acetone is most often used as a nail polish remover, BioPure™ n-butanol can be combined with acids derived from natural plant based oilsto produce a wide array of 100 percent renewable butyl esters. These esters can be utilized in natural lipsticks, moisturizers, and nail polishes. Butyl esters are also utilized as aroma chemicals in fragrance products and flavor additives within the food industry.
In addition to the kosher and halal certifications, provided by the respective OK Kosher and Islamic Services of America certifying bodies, Green Biologics is also a member of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and its commercial facility, Central MN Renewables LLC, participates in the ACC’s Responsible Care® program. The company’s n-butanol and acetone have received 100 percent biobased, USDA BioPreferred® certification.