Dow (NYSE: Dow) announced an exclusive engagement with Locus Performance Ingredients (Locus PI) to sell its line of high-performance and multifunctional sophorolipid biosurfactants in the global personal care market. The ingredients offer a substantial reduction in carbon footprint relative to conventional surfactants. This engagement will enable Dow to strengthen its position in the biosurfactants market, addressing growing consumer demand for sustainable, biobased, and biodegradable ingredients.

“Today’s consumers are looking for personal care products that can offer a hygiene factor as well as caring properties to their skin or hair,” said Isabel Almiro do Vale, global marketing and strategy director for Dow Personal Care. “This partnership with Locus PI, an unrivaled expert in biosurfactants and fermentation, complements our innovation, strength and strong position in the personal care market. The addition of Locus PI’s biosurfactants allows us to further deliver on our promise to develop products that are safe for people and the planet while accelerating the transition towards a low-carbon, circular economy.”

The Dow and Locus PI engagement allows both companies to leverage their key expertise. It combines Locus PI’s fermentation technology know-how and ability to develop tailored biosurfactant ingredients with Dow’s deep formulation expertise and penetration in the personal care market.

Locus PI offers a broad portfolio of high-purity sophorolipids, an ingredient in the glycolipid class of biosurfactants, that earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label for containing 100 percent biobased, renewable raw materials.. These biosurfactants exhibit superior performance in foam stability and surface tension reduction.

“This exclusive partnership with Dow enables accelerated global adoption of high-performance, fermentation-produced biosurfactants that address numerous industry challenges while advancing shared sustainability goals,” said Tim Staub, CEO of Locus PI. “The resulting products formulated with biosurfactants can offer superb effectiveness with simpler, more transparent, and more natural formulations.”

About Dow Personal Care Solutions

Dow Personal Care offers unique, innovative ingredients that empower customers around the world to create products with exceptional performance and exciting benefits that consumers can trust and believe in. Consumers that seek the confidence of a healthy appearance can see and feel the difference in our products through their lustrous hair or radiant and protected skin. We leverage our understanding of customer needs, deep market knowledge and technical expertise—combined with one of the broadest portfolios of technologies—to deliver personal care solutions with outstanding performance that are safe for people and the planet. We foster these innovations on global and local levels to meet the needs of diverse consumers through business centers, research and development (R&D), manufacturing plants and customer applications centers around the world. Please visit  

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership to achieve profitable growth and deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates 104 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $55 billion in 2021. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

About Locus Performance Ingredients

Locus Performance Ingredients® (Locus PI) is an award-winning green tech company dedicated to developing environmentally friendly biosurfactant solutions that replace legacy surfactants and eliminate regulatory challenges in CPG product formulations. Using advanced, modular fermentation technology with a near-zero carbon footprint, the team creates performance-driven, sustainable ingredients that are USDA certified as 100% biobased and non-GMO, with no palm oil, Proposition 65, EO, formaldehyde or other trace chemicals. Each multifunctional ingredient can be used in a multitude of personal care, household and industrial applications, with low usage rates, superb multifunctionality and superior performance. Locus PI gets its core scientific capabilities from its parent company, Locus Fermentation Solutions (Locus FS), an Ohio-based, globally recognized biosurfactant company. For more information, visit

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