To achieve a sustainable future, we must proactively protect the wider world, from the environment to the communities that allow us to prosper as a business in the first place.
we utilize our unique and patented processes to transform byproducts
we design chemical processes that reduce waste and reduce demand on diminishing resources
we create renewable alternatives to fossil crude oil based feedstocks
we develop earth-friendly ingredients that touch our lives every day
All of these successes are made possible by our commitment to continuous innovation and adherence to the tenets of ‘Green Chemistry’.
At Symrise, we’re aware of how precious our resources are, and we’re proud to have been a responsible company for over a century. We make every effort to conserve resources and transform those we use in the most efficient manner to minimize our impact on the planet. Every Symrise ingredient and solution is in some way a celebration of nature’s bounty, and the people who work with it so skillfully. This includes everybody from the tireless farmers who harvest the land to the trailblazing scientists who draw out nature’s finest qualities.
Green chemistry uses a clear set of principles. It applies to the design, development and implementation of chemical products and processes. They shall reduce or finally eliminate the use or generation of sensitive materials. This refers to the full life cycle of a chemical product.
As a leader in renewable materials, we are accelerating this approach. We are using by-products from our partners in the pulp & paper industry, orange juice and sugar cane industry. We maximize their use through innovative and patented processes. They enable us to create sustainable & renewable fragrance ingredients from excess material. With this approach, we are targeting a Zero Waste future.
Almost all of our large-scale FISC achievements wouldn’t be possible without our underlying commitment to the principles of Green Chemistry, from sourcing natural and renewable feedstock wherever possible to drastically reducing the amount of wastewater.
FISC stands for the four core pillars at the heart of our Sustainability strategy: Footprint, Innovation, Sourcing and Care.
Minimizing our environmental footprint across the value chain
Maximize the positive social & environmental impacts of our products
Maximize the sustainability of our supply chain and raw materials
Improve the well-being of our stakeholder communities
Much of our local, natural forest resources are located in the heart of the south-eastern United States. Here, our partners in the pulp & paper industry plant and harvest pine trees sustainably to produce paper products. When they pulp the pine trees in their facility, a by-product called Crude Sulfate Turpentine, or CST, is produced.
Traditionally this would have gone to waste, but we recognize the value of this by-product and source it directly from our paper mill partners for use in our aroma molecules facility in Jacksonville, Florida. Our innovative team of scientists and engineers developed processes that transform the natural and renewable by-product into a range of high quality ingredients used in personal care, beauty care and everyday household products available all over the world.
It is truly remarkable to see the processes that have developed here over the years.Dr. Peter Esser, Vice President of Global Chemical Production at Symrise
The processing starts with separating the CST into its main components: alpha-pinene and beta-pinene. Once this has been achieved, further chemical transformations allow us to create valuable fragrance molecules that replicate those that naturally occur in plants such as rose, geranium and lavender. While generating floral scents from paper byproducts may sound like a minor miracle, the reality boils down to a tireless scientific approach. “The basic material remains the same, with its ten carbon atoms. We just modify it and recompose it,” explains Gene. “That isn’t magic – it simply takes expertise and hard work to define the right chemistry. We then optimize the various reaction variables, such as temperatures, pressures and durations to produce the best results.”
The time we spent perfecting the process that makes this possible
Our unique process produces ultra-pure l-Carvone, free from chlorides, nitrogen compounds, solvents and toxic reagents. We achieve this using the most environmentally-friendly production methods possible, having developed a process that eliminates millions of liters of wastewater annually, in comparison to more traditional methods.
The end result is an ingredient that provides a refreshing, cool and minty taste to a range of everyday oral care and confectionery products, while also embodying our commitments to sustainability and innovation.
More recently, we ushered in the ‘next generation’ of SymTrap® products. The SymTrap® technology not only extracts and concentrates flavoring substances from side stream – it also allows for gentle methods that concentrate secondary plant metabolites with bio-functional properties. These properties are increasingly sought-after by consumers around the world.
As we continue to refine and evolve our SymTrap® processes, one thing remains at the core of our ambitions: we want to extract these substances from their natural sources as gently as possible, so that consumers and our clients get exactly what they’re looking for: great tasting solutions that are also compatible with a healthy lifestyle.