Session 3.2.4

How sustainable chemistry can contribute as a source of sustainable innovation: design of high performance products with low environmental impact


Eco-designed ingredients, new performance molecules, cosmetics, consumer goods, product life cycle analysis, biomass and co-product valorization, new methodologies and processes for cost effective and sustainable production



  • KN: Paul ANASTAS (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Yale University - New Haven- US)

  • IL1: Silvia VIGNOLINI (Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)

  • IL2: Carlo ADAMO (Institut de Recherche de Chimie ENSCP-Chimie ParisTech, Paris, FR)

  • IL3 : Maude BROSSAT (L'Oréal Research & Innovation (R&I), Aulnay-sous-Bois, FR)


Chemistry faces a huge challenge: the need to find renewable starting materials to develop new ingredients that, when formulated, should strictly fulfill the consumer needs and regulatory constraints. The three conditions - use of renewable raw materials, development of eco-respectful processes and innovation based on ingredients that present a favorable impact on the environment - are inseparable for sustainable innovation. Several industrial groups have integrated the principles of sustainable development into all stages of a product’s life cycle, from its design to consumer with a key-objective of sustainable innovation. Some highly efficient strategies were developed to identify new performance ingredients, through sustainable chemistry, aiming at operating beyond green chemistry rules:

• In silico tools to better predict human and environmental safety profiles of molecules

• In silico tools to better design “consumer-friendly” molecules

• Using sustainable co-products to valorize useless wastes from other industries.

• Use of new methodologies and processes for a cost effective industrial production