German chemical and biotech giant BASF and chemical and consumer goods company Henkel have announced a joint commitment to replace fossil carbon feedstock with renewable source for most products, the companies announced.

The agreement covers Henkel’s European Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses over the next four years, according to the 31 March announcement, and followed a successful pilot involving Henkel’s cleaning and detergent brand Love Nature last year.

“We intend to continuously enhance our processes, products and use of raw materials for a resource-efficient, carbon-neutral future,” Henkel CEO Carsten Knobel said. “Integrating BASF’s biomass balance approach into our supply chain as an early-mover is a… step in that direction.”

By using BASF’s certified biomass balance approach, around 110,000 tonnes/year of fossil-based ingredients would be substituted with renewable carbon sources, the companies said.

As a result, Henkel’s core brands like Persil, Pril, Fa and Schauma would have a reduced carbon footprint, avoiding around 200,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in total.

In the biomass balance approach, renewable resources such as bio-naphtha or bio-methane derived from organic waste, crops or vegetable oils are used as feedstock in the initial steps of chemical production. The bio-based feedstock amount is then allocated to specific products sold by means of the certified method.

BASF’s Care Chemicals division produces a range of ingredients for personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, and technical applications. It is also a leading supplier for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergents and cleaning industry.

The division’s portfolio includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, cosmetic active ingredients and UV filters.

Henkel is active in the adhesive technologies, laundry & home care and beauty care sectors.

In January, the company announced it was merging the Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care units to create a new Consumer Brands unit.

The company said the new unit should be in place by the beginning of 2023.