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LIVERPOOL, U.K. — The University of Liverpool has received a research grant of £2.8 million to develop plant-based alternatives to petrochemical ingredients found in personal care products, the Liverpool Daily Post reported.
The university is partnering with detergent manufacturer Unilever and sugar producer AB Sugar on the project, which aims to develop more sustainable sources of raw materials that could be used in shampoos, cleaners, moisturizers and many other products.
The grant will be used to a build a micro-refinery at the university.“Consumers don’t always realize that these products have some very sophisticated molecules in them based on oil and therefore there is a long term issue about sustainability,” said Professor Andrew Cooper, who is leading the research.