AA2G™ is a stabilized ascorbic acid derivative produced from Vitamin C and starch by enzymatic technology developed by HAYASHIBARA/NAGASE. This proprietary process results in a substance that has greatly improved stability and solubility in water, while retaining the natural biologic functions of Vitamin C. When used in skin cream preparations, AA2G™ remains in its stable condition until it is applied on the skin, where it is activated by intrinsic catalytic enzymes, delivering healthier and younger-looking skin over a prolonged time period. It is also used as a skin-brightening and anti-wrinkle agent in daily moisturizing and sunscreen products to prevent photo-aging. Nutrient-rich byproducts of the AA2G™ production process would put a strain on the environment if they were disposed of as is. But HAYASHIBARA has been working to reduce its environmental impact as well as to make effective use of resources; for example, reusing the byproducts for other purposes, such as a source of nutrition during fermentation production.