The cosmetics company Nafigate Cosmetics has presented a sunscreen, in which the natural P3HB polymer fulfils the role of a UV filter. The firm intends to help solve the problem of chemicals, which are being released from common sunscreens.“Annually, approximately 14,000 tons of sunscreens get into the sea. Most of them uses chemical UV filters, which harm marine animals and plants. Hence, together with scientists from Nafigate Corporation and Brno University of Technology (BUT), we were wondering if there was any natural material that would protect the skin from the sun’s UV radiation as efficiently as conventional filters,” says Ondřej Mynář, director of Nafigate Cosmetics.
The natural polymer P3HB, which was used last year as an ecological replacement of microplastics in a shower peeling milk, proved to have suitable properties. The natural P3HB polymer protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays, and also works right after application. At the same time, it is so-called biocompatible, which means that it harms neither the body nor nature. So far, the sunscreen with the natural UV filter can be purchased online in Nafigate Cosmetics and Lékarna.cz online stores.
You can read the press release here