US detergent firm looks for 100% bio-based surfactant

26 April 2012 23:35  [Source: ICIS news]

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (ICIS)--US cleaning products manufacturer Seventh Generation is looking for suppliers that can produce 100% plant–based surfactants and antimicrobials, an official said on Thursday.

“We want all of our products to be 100% renewable-based in the coming years ahead,” said Martin Wolf, director, product sustainability at Seventh Generation.

“We are challenging suppliers to come up with 100% bio-based surfactants,” he added.

He spoke at the ICIS World Surfactants Conference in Jersey City.

The company has already been selling a laundry detergent product that has 98% bio-based surfactant as certified by the US Department of Agriculture, said Wolf.

Seventh Generation is working with France-based specialty chemical firm Rhodia on a palm kernel oil-based surfactant called Laureth-6 alcohols. The companies are aiming to produce the surfactant using sugar feedstock as well.

“100% bio-based chemicals are not cheap but we are able to still offer customers competitive price by reformulating our enzymes,” said Wolf.

By: Doris de Guzman
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