Carbonwave and ChemSpec Ltd, a member of Safic-Alcan, enter into a new agreement for the US market West of the Mississsippi

Carbonwave and ChemSpec Ltd, a member of Safic-Alcan, enter into a new agreement for the US market West of the Mississsippi

CANTON, OH, March 26, 2024 – Carbonwave and ChemSpec Ltd, a member of Safic-Alcan, are entering into an agreement in the markets for the distribution of SeaBalance® 2000 and 2000 CH, a natural,multi-functional, upcycled O/W emulsifier to the cosmetic market. The territory scope of the contract is covering the United States, West of the Mississippi River.

SeaBalance® 2000, the world's first emulsifier upcycled from sargassum seaweed, uses a proprietary green chemistry process to create an oil-in-water (O/W) emulsifier that works within a wide range of emollients and applications in both hot & cold processes.

Certified by COSMOS without any animal origins, SeaBalance® 2000 has been clinically proven to deliver moisturization, and reinforcement of the skin barrier with a smooth and silky silicon-like feel. It also aligns with vegan, halal, and kosher standards.

This game changing emulsifier also minimizes the whitening effect and greasiness often associated with suncare products. Its impressive accolades include the Green Ingredient Award (gold) at Incosmetics Latin America 2023, The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Brazil 2023 (gold), and the Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Award at In-cosmetics Korea 2022.

As the industry starts to utilize upcycled ingredients, it’s clear that there's a shift towards meeting consumer and environmental needs. SeaBalance® 2000 champions environmental stewardship by curbing methane emissions, restoring ecosystems, and supporting local workplace development in the Caribbean and Mexico.

Opting for SeaBalance® empowers formulators to make a real sustainability impact without compromising on performance.

We are so thrilled to be joining forces with ChemSpec in the Western US. I have been truly impressed with their deep understanding of formulation development and how to unlock the potential of sustainably sourced natural ingredients such as SeaBalance® 2000. We are excited to bring this groundbreaking upcycled ingredient to the innovative brands and manufacturers here in the West in lockstep with ChemSpec.

Jacquelyn Ryan, Sales & Marketing Director for Cosmetics at ChemSpec, Ltd also expressed her thoughts on this partnership " When I find an opportunity to work with a solution driven company like Carbonwave, I can’t pass it up. Carbonwave being so focused on solving an environmental problem, and innovating for our market at the same time, is a rare focus for companies these days. I am excited to work with a passionate group of individuals in the West and look forward to driving SeaBalance 2000® in the personal care market moving forward! “

About ChemSpec

CHEMSPEC, Ltd. is a Canton, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris, France-based SAFIC-ALCAN. CHEMSPEC, Ltd. also has Mexican and Canadian subsidiaries. CHEMSPEC distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics compounding market segments, as well as provides innovative specialty ingredients to the cosmetic and personal care industry. The cosmetics division’s offering is unique due to the diversity of their portfolio, the focus on naturality and sustainability, the high performing ingredients, and the creativity as well as formulation skills of the Group’s application labs.

About Safic-Alcan

Safic-Alcan is a French independent distributor of specialty chemicals headquartered in Paris La Défense (France). The Company develops and provides wide ranges of polymers, materials and additives for the rubber, coatings, adhesives, thermoplastics, polyurethane, lubricants, detergency, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals industries. With a network of 35 offices strategically located in Europe, Turkey, Middle East, North America, Mexico, South America, China and South Africa, and 780 people worldwide, Safic-Alcan generated a turnover of 907 M€ in 2022. Learn More

About Carbonwave

Boston-based Carbonwave, a Public Benefit Corporation, is the world’s leading developer of ultra-regenerative, plantbased, advanced biomaterials from seaweed. The company has operations in Mexico, where it collects Sargassum from the beaches of the Cancun area of the Yucatan peninsula, and a manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico. The company uses a proprietary approach to turn Sargassum – long considered waste – into materials that can restore soils and oceans, eliminate micro-plastic waste, and achieve carbon neutrality. The company produces a range of products from agricultural extracts to bio-leathers and personal care ingredients. Carbonwave was the fastest blue carbon project to be approved by the Gold Standard, and recently made Fast Company’s list of Most Innovative Companies of 2024. Learn more 

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