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Clean and green

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Key players in the detergent industry are having to contend with a changing market. The challenge facing formulators and manufacturers is to develop sustainable innovations which will help demonstrate that detergent ingredients present no risk to people or the environment.

Ingredients such as chelates and phosphates are widely used in detergent manufacture, but tighter legislation and a general “greening” of the industry are creating opportunities for new products with more eco-friendly profiles. All of which is great news for AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals and its new Dissolvine GL green chelate. Combining excellent performance with a superior ecological profile, the readily biodegradable chelating agent offers a viable alternative to more traditional products such as phosphates.

A product which meets the highest OECD standards on biodegradability, Dissolvine GL can be used in a wide range of applications including domestic and industrial dishwashing, as well as hard surface cleaning agents found in food processing and kitchen cleaning products. Based on natural, replaceable and sustainable raw materials, Dissolvine GL reduces the dependency on hydrocarbons, while its unique characteristics help to improve the environmental profile and performance of our customers’ own products.

An important breakthrough in terms of the industry’s attempts to replace traditional chelating agents with more sustainable alternatives, Dissolvine GL is a prime example of how AkzoNobel is endeavoring to develop a greener portfolio across all its businesses.

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