Environmental studies make the case for biological detergents

Nearly all industries today are under pressure to make their products more environmentally friendly. And in the laundry industry, that challenge is two-fold: Not only does the detergent need to be “greener,” it needs to maintain the performance that consumers expect.

Amid growing concern, industries the world over are looking for ways to make their products “greener” – without compromising performance, of course. And this is especially true for laundry products, where there is increasing pressure to develop detergents that are gentler to the environment and to end-users.

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Surfactants, a critical detergent component, are one such area where we saw potential for improvement. That’s why we conducted a study to show how enzymatic technology could functionally replace the surfactants found in detergents - both liquid and powder.

The average detergent

The average detergent contains a number of fossil-derived chemicals. In fact they account for up to 46% of a detergent's carbon footprint across its lifecycle. These chemicals help your detergents to clean effectively.

The average detergent

The biobased detergent

Fossil-derived chemicals in detergents can partly be replaced by biotechnological solutions including enzymes and bio-surfactants. The resulting biobased detergents have much smaller carbon footprints. This is also because biological ingredients are so efficient that less detergent is needed - enabling compaction or in other words: smaller detergent bottles.

The biobased detergent

Introducing LaundryLab™

With LaundryLab™, you can simulate the outcome of a formulation when it comes to performance in stain removal, and calculate its associated cost and sustainability profile, using Artificial Intelligence and data from thousands of washes.

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