Personal care giant Unilever taps Bio-on for biodegradable microbeads

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In Rome, Unilever and Bio-on have partnered to develop personal care products that boast a smaller—or even nonexistent—environmental impact.

The partnership will leverage Bio-on’s technology for natural, biodegradable microplastics and Unilever’s vast brand presence, which includes products such as Dove, Glysolid, and Sunsilk. Unilever recorded sales of €52.7 billion in 2016.

“For Unilever, developing a partnership with such an excellent Italian company as Bio-on is an important step towards the goals we have set ourselves with the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, primarily to halve the environmental impact of our products by 2030,” says Fulvio Guarneri, Chairman and CEO of Unilever Italia.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) has three main goals: Help more than 1 billion people to improve their health and wellbeing by 2020; halve the environmental impact of its products by 2030; and improve the living conditions of millions of people by 2020