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L’Oreal’s Cosmetics Factory Set to Run on Poop

Posted By Jorge Chapa On April 29, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Environment,Poo Power!,San Francisco | 2 Comments

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Poop [2] and perfumes [3] are not two words that normally go together, so we were surprised to find that L’Oreal [4] truly embraces this association. At one of their factories in Libramont, Belgium [5], the company has decided to install a biomass [6] electricity-generating system that will be used to create personal care products. Poop-powered cosmetics [7]? We’d buy that!

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The plant in question will maintain an anaerobic digestion system [8] that captures methane [9] from waste biomass. It will generate roughly 85% of the factory’s power, and will use the waste from the adjacent cattle farming area as its fuel. This project is part of the company’s program to reduce its carbon footprint [10]. According to L’Oreal, if all goes well, they expect to cut emissions [11] by 50% by 2015 (based on 2005 levels).

While cosmetics [12] are a controversial topic and will probably continue to be for years to come, we can at least say that we approve of L’Oreal’s poop-powered factory strategy. One small step for L’Oreal. One giant leap toward our goal of someday powering the world with our waste [13].

+ L’Oreal [4]

Via Business Green

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=26184

[2] Poop: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/08/dutch-harvest-chicken-manure-to-power-90000-homes/

[3] perfumes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/09/great-green-gift-ideas-for-valentines-day/

[4] L’Oreal: http://www.loreal.com

[5] Belgium: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/18/beautiful-building-reuse-the-barn-house-in-belgium/

[6] biomass: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/21/yamaha-unveils-golf-cart-powered-by-poo/

[7] Poop-powered cosmetics: http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2240984/l-oreal-brews-slurry-powered

[8] anaerobic digestion system: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/06/19/dog-poop-power-for-san-francisco/

[9] methane: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/24/spiffy-backpack-traps-bovine-gas/

[10] carbon footprint: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/19/is-it-green-the-new-macbooks/

[11] emissions: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/07/prefab-friday-the-zero-emission-home/

[12] cosmetics: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/27/perfect-organics-a-green-company/

[13] waste: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/25/chuck-waste-paper-basket-made-of-waste-paper/

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