Woburn, MA – 14 February 2023 – CJ Biomaterials, Inc., a division of South Korea-based CJ CheilJedang and a primary producer of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), has produced the first cosmetic jar based on their amorphous PHA technology, under the tradename, PHACT™. The cosmetic jar was developed for Banila Co. to hold its Ceramide Cleansing Balm, part of Banila Co.’s popular ‘Clean It Zero’ line of eco-friendly products. The new product is now available at CJ Olive Young’s stores across South Korea.
CJ Biomaterials is a leader in large-scale production of PHA and is the global leader in the development of amorphous PHA, a softer, more rubbery version of PHA that offers fundamentally different performance characteristics than crystalline or semi-crystalline forms of PHA. Their aPHA product, PHACT, is TUV OK Certified for industrial and home compost, soil biodegradable, and marine biodegradable. It is considered ‘home compostable,’ meaning that it does not require specialized equipment or elevated temperatures to fully degrade. Amorphous PHA is a tough, ductile, flexible and thermoplastic biomaterial that has excellent thermal processability. In combination with other polymers, it can be converted into various structures, including sheet, injection molded parts, fibers, films, and tubes. The Banila Co. cleansing balm is the first cosmetic jar using CJ Biomaterials’ amorphous PHA with injection molding that is in direct contact with the cleansing balm formulation.
“Today’s announcement combined with the recent introduction of our first consumer brand application—a cosmetic container for the WAKEMAKE Water Velvet Vegan Cushion—demonstrates that demand for sustainable products is continuing to rise. We are committed to continuing to scale production of PHA to meet that demand,” said Seung-Jin Lee, Head of the Biomaterials Business from CJ CheilJedang.
CJ Biomaterials, a business unit of CJ BIO, is a part of CJ CheilJedang, a global lifestyle company with a vision to inspire a new life filled with health, happiness, and convenience. CJ Group has organized its business portfolio into four core sectors: Food & Food Service, Bio & Pharma, Entertainment & Media, and Retail & Logistics. CJ BIO is the world’s leading supplier of fermentation-based bioproducts for animal nutrition, human nutrition, and biomaterials at its thirteen manufacturing facilities worldwide.