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Lavandula reuses agro-food by-products to provide added value for cosmetics


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Castelcivita (Salerno - Campania Region)

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ICESP (Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform)
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The Lavandula project focuses on using agro-food by-products to produce active ingredients used in cosmetics. The project is divided into several stages:

  1. Identifying agro-food companies and potential recovery of by-products (from artichokes, saffron and broad beans)
  2. Studying the relevant literature to learn about the raw materials identified
  3. Setting up the extraction process and identifying its chemical features
  4. Studying what is involved in the extraction process (based on laboratory tests)
  5. Creating formulas for cosmetics
  6. Developing the production process
  7. Carrying out analyses and preparing the documentation required to place the cosmetics on the market
  8. Studying and designing the packaging
  9. Informing the European community via the cosmetic products notification portal (CPNP) and placing the cosmetics on the market.

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The macro-benefits of this project are:

  1. Fewer by-products treated as waste
  2. 10% increase in manpower
  3. The company is opened up to new markets such as cosmetics
  4. Scientific and sector publications, attendance at congresses and conferences
  5. Increase in company turnover.