Coalition Aligns Goals to Achieve a World Free of Whale Hunting

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The International Jojoba Export Council & the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society are set to sign an agreement at In-Cosmetics® 2012 in Barcelona

At this year’s In-Cosmetics®, Europe’s premier trade show for cosmetic ingredients, the International Jojoba Export Council (IJEC) is set to sign an historic agreement with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS). Long-known as an attractive substitute to whale-sourced spermaceti, jojoba offers a green and renewable alternative, based primarily on the similiar chemical structure which both materials share. Jojoba holds a unique position as the only known botanical source of liquid wax esters. Furthermore, jojoba plants are presently cultivated in a few arid regions of the world and require little irrigation, are perennial, and maintain a long and frutiful life span.

The agreement between the 2 organizations outlines their mutual commitment to support efforts to prevent manufacturers from using spermaceti in cosmetic and personal care products. In addition, both organizations have committed to work together to further reduce import duties which may exist or develop in the global trade of jojoba-based products. This is especially important given that jojoba is sucessfully cultivated in only a handful of countries and unnecessary barriers could deprive markets or otherwise place jojoba out of reach as an economically viable alternative to spermaceti.

About the International Jojoba Export Council (IJEC): IJEC represents 15 jojoba growers and processors in 9 countries. It is based in Scottsdale, Arizona USA; http://www.jojoba.com.

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