increased environmental awareness of consumers has led to a higher
demand for the green/eco-friendly products. Prudent customers in
mature markets demand green products made from renewable sources
that are biodegradable and have less harmful effects on the
environment as compared to products from petroleum origin.
Surfactants constitute an important group of chemicals. They are
used for manufacturing household and commercial cleaners, personal
care and food products. Surfactants can be derived from both
petrochemical feedstock and renewable resources.
In addition to increasing demand for products made from renewable
resources, there are specific types of cosmetic ingredients being
viewed critically by consumers. One example are certain types of
ethoxylates (PEG-derivatives) for which industry is seeking
replacement products. While there are existing surfactants which
are partially (e. g. fatty acohol ethoxylates, fatty alcohol ether
sulfates) or even fully (e. g. alkyl polyglucosides) derived from
renewable resources, none of these fulfill all requirements in
terms of cost, performance, renewable content, and environmental
compatibility (e. g. biodegradability, ecotoxicity). SyntheZyme’s
biosurfactant products close this gap by offering raw material
flexibility in combination with novel, unique structures resulting
in increased performance value in applications.