Although dry cleaning is useful, and with a host of new app-based services, increasingly convenient, it can also be damaging to the environment. Your average dry cleaning business produces a number of harmful waste products, including solvents, soils, carbon, dyes, grease, and powdered filter material. But now, a development is making dry cleaning a little better for the environment, and a lot more bio-based. Working with renewable specialty chemicals leaders Green Biologics and their facility in Minnesota, professional textile care company Kreussler Inc. is now making dry cleaning solvent from corn grown by about 500 family-owned farms in the heartland of America. Bio-derived and sustainable are words never before applied to the dry-cleaning industry until now. SOLVONK4 offers one single ultrapure solvent that cleans better than Perc without any of the environmental or health-related concerns.
Worldwide patented SOLVONK4 is the first and only bio-based solvent in the dry cleaning industry. Kreussler is actively applying for the USDA BioPreferred® certification. As defined by the USDA, bio-based products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provide an alternative to conventional petroleum-derived products. Bio-based products include diverse categories such as lubricants, cleaning products, inks, fertilizers, and bioplastics.
"We are pleased to be working in conjunction with Kreussler to bring SYSTEMK4 bio-based dry-cleaning solution to market. This is an excellent example of how we specialize in collaborating with a market leader to leverage our renewable specialty chemicals platform in new and unique applications to deliver value to customers," said Peter O'Loughlin, Vice President of Global Sales, Green Biologics.
Richard Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Kreussler Inc ( @KreusslerInc ) . said, "This next step for SYSTEMK4 adds a critical and significant advantage for our clients, the ability to market a bio-derived and sustainable cleaning fluid. Green Biologics ( @GreenBioLtd ) advanced developments in fermentation has given us the ability to push solvent-based textile cleaning into a new level and completes the picture of unparalleled cleaning, cost-effective operations, extremely low risk, and true ecological benefits."
Founded in 1912. Kreussler produces products, combined with successful application technology. Their research and development, together with product and process optimization, has an increasing focus on guaranteeing the most sustainable and efficient use of raw materials possible. They are also committed to avoiding hazardous substances and minimizing waste.
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