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Trees of Life – Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Protection

Trees of Life – Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Protection

 

When today our industry is sourcing a natural ingredient it has to consider doing it within a sustainable development framework. Sustainable development considers the economy, social equity and the environment as its main pillars. Also called “triple bottom line”, those pillars reminds us that business, society and the environment are connected, they influence each other, and should have the same value (1). The effect of a business on a community (society) and its natural environment is particularly evident in the development world where many of our “exotic” natural ingredients are coming from. The risk to source ingredients careless of a possible negative impact on the communities and their environment is present. The United Nations (UNCTAD) with its Biotrade Facilitation Program and more recently spin off organizations such as the Union of Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) have advocated and implemented programs to protect the environment and its biodiversity (2). These organizations have helped initially to build supply chains with local producers working in a sustainable environment and eventually to connect with ingredient suppliers and finished product companies (both in the food and the cosmetic industry) committed to source ingredients sustainably. In Africa, organizations, producers and traders work with communities to sustain ingredient sourcing by preserving the biodiversity of the natural environment where the ingredient is coming from. Like the example of African trees (often call the trees of life) that are at risk of extinction due to increasing deforestation implemented by corporations in search of land to grow monocultures to feed an expanding worldwide population. Entire forests have been cut down with this objective. Some examples of trees that are at risk and that are currently saved by businesses integrating sustainable development follow.

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Seaweeds - Cosmetic Applications - Giorgio Dell'Acqua, PhD

Seaweeds - Cosmetic Applications - Giorgio Dell'Acqua, PhD
The ocean bioflora is rich in plants producing molecules essential for their survival that can be useful to protect our skin.

Seaweeds are an amazing source of natural molecules for both nutrition and topical use. They are rich sources of minerals (including the essential micronutrient iodine), bioactive polysaccharides, carotenoids and even proteins, along with a small content of healthy lipids. They have been described as ‘an ideal food’.

Seaweeds are rich in phenols derivatives and polysaccharides with protecting activity (Ref 1, 2) For example, marine polyphloroglucinols, found in brown seaweed, are phenols derivatives with powerful antioxidant properties and significant activity against the damaging free radicals (Ref 3). Brown seaweeds also contain a slippery compound called fucoidan that assists with protection from marine pathogens. Fucoidan is a fucose-rich polysaccharide with anti -viral, immune modulating and matrix metalloprotease inhibiting properties (Ref 4).

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