GB No. 9, autumn 1992


Kraków's "MIRACULUM" happens to be one of the largest cosmetics manufacturers in the country, whose products still contain large amounts of CFCs.

Despite having been ordered some years ago to reduce substantially the CFCs content, "MIRACULUM" has not been particularly successful in looking for the alternative carriers.

Its previous attempts to switch over to using either carbon dioxide, or compressed air carbon dioxide mixture or propane/butane derivatives had proved for one reason or another either uneconomical or technologically unfeasible.

The French company "DUPONT", renown for having introduced CFCs as carriers in the first place, has been researching the new, quite harmless, as they claim, variant of freon gas - Freon 134. As the results of this research are still to be expected, for the time being "MIRACULUM" is not making any commitments in this direction.

The adaptation of the existing Swiss technology "Paherol" for the manufacture of cosmetics with alternative carriers has been scheduled for 1992.

Both in the USA and Hungary the researchers are presently experimenting with the compressed air as a potential carrier.

In 2000 a worldwide ban on CFCs is expected to come into effect, though "MIRACULUM" has apparently declared its readiness to relinquish the CFC based technology still in 1992.

What needs establishing, however, is what has been happening to the 20 tones freon containers imported from Germany by "MIRACULUM", and how does their presence square up with the fact, that "MIRACULUM" happens to be a signatory to the National Agreement on the Manufacture of Aerosols, specifically recommending the use of alternative carriers to all state cosmetics companies bound by it.

Natalia Tulecka
Marcin Burdek

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