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In The News: near-infrared spectroscopy for consumers, and biorecycling to reach industrial scale

trinamiX GmbH puts NIR spectroscopy to work for skincare brands, and a first Carbios recycling facility will be online by 2025 in the north of France.

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💋🧬🤖skin health & molecular biomarkers & smartphones

Biometric and spectroscopy tech company trinamiX GmbH has launched a solution that puts near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy capabilities onto smartphones.

“Think of this technology as a camera that sees what is invisible to the human eye,” says Wilfried Hermes, Director Consumer Electronics in North America and Europe at trinamiX GmbH, in his recent remarks to the press.

“It integrates right into your mobile device for on-the-go readings, providing an accurate measurement of biomarkers such as hydration levels and thus allowing users to track vital health indicators,” he explains, forecasting that, “This technology will serve as a foundation for the next generation of apps that will enable consumers to take charge of their wellbeing and make informed decisions for a healthier lifestyle.”

The new trinamiX GmbH spectroscopy module covers wavelengths in the 1-3µm range and, in conjunction with smart algorithms and an app, measures and monitors biomarkers. According to the company’s media release, it’s “thanks to an open API [and] OEMs, [that] consumer brands and developers around the world can leverage consumer spectroscopy for the first time.”

The company is eager to collaborate with wellness, skin health, nutrition, and other brands that see the potential of consumer spectroscopy and biomarker measurement. As a first partnership, trinamiX GmbH is working with skincare brand REVEA.

Biorecycling by 2025 ♻️

a next step toward sustainable beauty packaging

If there were an easy answer to the question of sustainable packaging for cosmetic and personal care products, everyone would have it. Beauty brands and suppliers and retailers and other are all making important contributions. But progress is incremental.

Now with the help of a small town near the northern border of France, one biotech company is advancing a next step on the journey to sustainable plastic packaging for beauty (and for other industries).

Carbios specializes in biological solutions, or enzyme-based processes, that can essentially recycle colored PET plastics (most of which is not mechanically recyclable or results in a low-value recycled material). The company’s technology “enables PET circularity,” according to a media release issued late last month. Carbios is focused on supplying the packaging and textiles industries with such bio-sourced monomers and polymers as a more sustainable alternative to commonly used fossil-based molecules and compounds.

“Everything is now in place so that construction of our plant can officially begin,” says Carbios CEO Emmanuel Ladent in his recent remarks for the media. That first PET biorecycling plant is on-track to be operational in 2025 and is expected to process materials equivalent to “2 billion colored PET bottles,” according to the media release.

Celebrating the forthcoming recycling facility further, Ladent is excited to have “obtained the permits in line with the announced schedule,” and says, “we are eager to deliver a facility of great local and international significance for a circular economy of plastic. We would like to thank the French State and the Municipality of Longlaville for their support throughout the administrative procedure….”

As you may recall, the company’s most direct link to the beauty industry is Carbios’ partnership with L’Oréal. The two began working together in 2017; and two years later the beauty maker invested in Carbios. More recently, in 2021, L’Oréal announced having successfully made a new cosmetic bottle from plastic that had gone through the enzymatic recycling process. And the Biotherm brand is on course to launch a product packaged in this biorecycled plastic in 2025.


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