In the case of GreenDiol™, an eco-alternative to synthetic polyol, yes, it can. GreenDiol (a tradename for 2,3-butanediol), produced by GS Caltex Corporation in Seoul, South Korea, is a natural polyol that offers a convenient alternative to personal care formulators. Produced through fermentation, GreenDiol functions as a humectant, preservative booster, solvent, and even provides benefits to hair treatments and colorants. This multi-functional, biobased polyol packs a lot of value into one ingredient. Even more, it is a naturally occurring material found in the simplest of environments including soil, plants, honey, wine and even the human body. GreenDiol is sourced from sugarcane and is non-GMO, COSMOS approved, EU-REACH registered, VEGAN certified and USDA bio-based certified. It is readily biodegradable and has an ISO 16128 natural index of 1.
The real beauty of GreenDiol is that it doesn’t sacrifice performance for its sustainability bells and whistles. In studies conducted by Sumitomo Corporation’s cosmetic group companies’ R&D teams (Presperse is a Sumitomo Corporation Group Company), GreenDiol was tested against other polyols to determine if it could produce similar or better results that would make it a valuable asset to formulators looking for a natural alternative. The results revealed just how valuable GreenDiol is as a multiuse ingredient.
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