Give your brand a natural advantage

Sustainability is no longer only for niche brands. Consumers are increasingly aware of their footprint and are asking brands to help them be more environmentally friendly. Soapers across the globe are responding with ambitious, transparent and measurable sustainability goals.

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Bringing you closer to your sustainability goals

To reach your ambitious sustainability targets you need to find wins right across your value chain. Here is how we can help.

Unlock green claims

Sustainability is now something all brands must consider.

Our biosolutions help you unlock sustainability claims that resonate with consumers.

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Help consumers reduce CO₂ emissions

Lower wash temperatures give consumers a smaller environmental footprint, as the washing machines consume less energy to heat the water. For one household, this may not be a lot. But if all European consumers washed at 30°C rather than 40°C, they could reduce annual CO2 emissions by more than 3.5 million metric tons. But lower temperatures impact detergents’ cleaning power negatively. You can close this performance gap by reformulating with enzymes. Or you can rebalance your ingredient mix to increase the share of enzymes. With this approach, your enzyme-rich detergents will clean as well at 30°C as non-enzymatic detergents do at 40°C.

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Make clothes look new and last longer

Consumers experience the most significant loss of garment “newness” after the first wash. And repeated washings often lead to a buildup of fuzz and pills. So, it’s unsurprising that 54% of consumers polled in the same study said they consider clothes “worn out” after just 20 washes.

Document your downstream scope 3 reductions

You need carbon footprint for your climate accounting. Enzymatic formulations help shrink the environmental footprint of both formulation and use phases. We can support you in documenting these impacts through Life Cycle Analyses (LCAs) giving you the data you need for your sustainability accounting.

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Reduce your upstream Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions

We can support you in reaching your scope 3 emissions reductions targets, as we are reducing the footprint of our own operations. We’ve already cut direct absolute CO2? emissions* from our operations by 42% from a 2018 baseline. And we’re aiming to source 100% renewable energy by 2025 with a goal of halving our absolute emissions by the same date. In short, we’re on track to achieve our target of net zero emissions by 2050.
*From operations & supply chain (scopes one, two and three)

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Improve water stewardship in your supply chain

We’re also on track to meet our goal of having 100% of our sites* manage water in balance with local conditions by 2030. We develop our contextual-based water programs with the World Wide Fund For Nature. These help us address local water challenges. They foster a locally-focused, science-based approach to water stewardship.

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Reduce your supply chain waste generation

We’re taking steps to meet our goal of making our operations* zero waste by 2030. Most of the waste we generate from making our biosolutions is biomass. Its essential nutrients make it an ideal raw material for fertilizer production. In 2021, 99% of our biomass was reused, and we’re aiming for 100%. We’re also focusing on non-biomass waste, with an increase in recycling rates from 48% in 2020 to 62% in 2021. And we’re developing plans for circular management of 100% of key packaging materials.

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Shrink your laundry brand’s overall footprint

Every year, large amounts of CO2 are emitted and chemicals from detergents enter our water systems from doing laundry in households.

We have assessed the sustainability benefits of enzymes in detergents across their life cycle. The resulting Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) showed that replacing 30% of a detergent’s fossil-based surfactants (LAS) with a blend of enzymes could save around 9 grams of CO2 in every wash.

This doesn’t sound like much, but if half of all Latin American laundry loads were washed with these enzyme-rich detergents, the estimated CO2 savings would be equivalent to taking 45,000 cars off the road for a year. This example shows how enzyme-rich detergents contribute to a lower carbon footprint.  By replacing chemicals with more environmental-friendly enzymes, we also reduce the pressure on living organisms in rivers and lakes.

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Towards 100% biological detergents

Novozymes is on an ambitious journey to enable 100% biological detergents without compromising wash performance and cost.

Your ideal sustainability partner

We were the first company to publish a fully integrated triple bottom line report. Our strong track record in sustainability makes us the ideal partner for your sustainability journey. And we actively engaged in the development of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. More recently, we became one of the first companies to set a validated Science-Based Target in line with the 1.5°C pathway.

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An enzyme for
every laundry need

We have a wide range of high-performing enzymes to tackle key consumer concerns, as well as a wide range of stain types.


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