Givaudan and LanzaTech want to create fragrances from recycled carbon
LanzaTech’s carbon recycling technology may soon see new applications in the beauty industry. The carbon capture and transformation company has teamed up with perfume and beauty ingredient maker Givaudan to develop new generations of sustainable ingredients.
With over 15 years of scaling experience, LanzaTech’s approach to carbon transformation is based on converting emissions into ethanol and subsequently converting the ethanol into the building blocks needed to manufacture a wide range of consumer goods, such as laundry detergents, clothes, shoes. and food packaging. Additionally, through its synthetic biology and modeling capabilities, LanzaTech can introduce new pathways into its biocatalyst to produce a variety of different chemicals through this process. Several commercial facilities are already licensing LanzaTech’s technology, converting various carbon waste sources into ethanol, including the conversion of industrial emissions in China, using the power of industrial biology and a proprietary biocatalyst.
The research collaboration with Givaudan is expected to leverage this synthetic biology capability and go beyond ethanol production, with the companies working together to establish new pathways to create sustainable fragrance ingredients used across the Givaudan portfolio.
Both companies are long-time members of the Renewable Carbon Initiative, an organization whose goal is to support and accelerate the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all chemicals and organic materials.
LanzaTech previously partnered with L’Oréal to create a plastic bottle made from renewable carbon  and, more recently, with Coty to replace the ethanol used in their perfume with recycled carbon.