Enzymes – no compromise on
Customers care about sustainability
A majority of consumers say they’d change their consumption habits to benefit the environment.
Make your detergent brands more attractive to them, with renewable, biodegradable enzymes.
Sustainable high performance with enzymes
Going green isn’t easy, however. It takes hard data to get an eco-label and reducing chemicals can mean compromising on detergent performance. This may be a reason why some consumers perceive ‘natural’ products to be less effective. Enzymes are renewable, biodegradable organic catalysts. They help in natural processes such as the breakdown of food in digestion. In detergent formulations, they break down stains into smaller particles, making them easier for the detergent to remove.
"Renewable, biodegradable enzymes work well even at lower temperatures. They break down stains so they’re easier for detergents to remove"
Sourced from nature, enzymes are often found in relatively cool environments, which means that they can work well without the heat used in washing machines in many regions. That means enzymes could help you develop detergents with lower levels of chemicals that also allow consumers to cut their energy consumption. All while maintaining the performance consumers demand from their laundry detergent.
Enzymes for sustainable fashion
Fast fashion is big news, with media outlets from Vox to the BBC detailing the environmental damage it causes. The scrubbing, pH and temperature levels often involved in stain removal can be hard on fabrics. When every wash makes clothes little more faded, fuzzy and baggy, consumers aren’t likely to keep them as long. With the power of enzymes, your detergents can deliver gentler cleaning performance and help consumers break the fast fashion cycle.
Reduce your detergents’ carbon footprint
Enzymes are catalysts, which means they can do the same job again and again, unlike many of the chemical ingredients in detergents, which are ‘used up’ during the wash process. That’s why a small amount of enzyme can do the same job as a larger amount of chemicals. Producing and transporting smaller volumes means that enzymes have a smaller carbon footprint than chemicals.
“With a smaller carbon footprint than chemicals, enzymes can deliver CO2 savings in every wash"
We found that adding one of our multi-enzyme blends to a detergent with reduced surfactant concentration led to savings of up to 10g of CO2 per wash. This was based on life cycle analyses estimating the impact on climate when replacing petrochemical-based surfactants (surface-active agents) with enzymes, and under specific testing conditions.