Evonik develops first vegetable-based nylon

By Michelle Yeomans

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Evonik develops first vegetable-based nylon
Evonik has developed the first vegetable-based nylon powder, Tegolon Eco, derived from castor oil (Ricinus communis) which helps to improve the tactile properties in cosmetic formulations, according to a company spokesperson.

Featuring mattifying properties, high oil absorption and particles from 100 per cent renewable sources, Tegolon Eco is said to facilitate the development of light make-up formulations without the use of cyclopentasiloxane. While it also consists of polyamide particles derived entirely from renewable sources.

Due to its oil-absorbing properties, the function of the new nylon is to reduce shininess, covers minor wrinkles and skin impurities and is particularly good in decorative cosmetic products such as mattifying foundations and loose and compact facial powders.

This new polyamide grade is based on nylon, an AA-BB polyamide that is made in a polycondensation process of sebacic acid and decamethylene diamine​.”

Furthermore, Evonik says there are no compromises when it comes to performance and efficacy with this new nylon.

The shape and size of the cosmetic particles of this product are absolutely comparable to the standard particles of Nylon-12.Moreover, the new vegetable-based polyamide particles show the same high oil absorption as standard grades​.”


According to a life-cycle assessment carried out by Evonik, Tegolon Eco’s carbon footprint has been found to be significantly lower compared to petrochemical based Nylon materials (kg CO2-equivalent/kg nylon).

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