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Potential use of kraft and organosolv lignins as a natural additive for healthcare products

Gordobil, Oihana, Herrera, René, Yahyaoui, Marwa, İlk, Sedef, Kaya, Murat, Labidi, Jalel
RSC advances 2018 v.8 no.43 pp. 24525-24533
anti-infective agents, antioxidant activity, antioxidants, biomass, biopolymers, butylated hydroxytoluene, health services, humans, industry, lignin, markets, microorganisms, natural additives, prices, sunscreens, synthetic products
The growing interest in substituting synthetic products coming from non-renewable sources with products from biomass has focused attention on the lignin biopolymer. Its high availability, low price and properties make the development of new and valuable uses for lignin interesting, thus improving the economic and environmental aspects of the biomass conversion. To achieve this objective, the potential use of industrial kraft and organosolv lignins as antioxidants, antimicrobials and sunscreen products has been evaluated. The results of a detailed antibacterial and antifungal study demonstrated the high potential of kraft lignins against a variety of foodborne and human pathogenic microorganisms. Moreover, both organosolv and kraft lignins presented an effective protection factor (SPF values from 10–20), demonstrating their effectiveness as natural additives for the sun lotion market. In addition, lignin samples presented high antioxidant capacity compared to butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), one common commercial antioxidant industrially used. Therefore, the development of innovative applications of lignins as a commodity for the chemical, pharmaceutical or cosmetic industries could expand their possible uses in the market giving new added values to lignin.