"We are pleased to be able to offer such a wide range of 100% bio-based and 100% renewable ingredients to meet the needs of formulators and companies seeking to deliver more sustainable options."
Speciality chemicals company Croda International has announced the official launch and certification of its ECO range of bio-based surfactants - ingredients designed to meet increasing market demand for sustainable, high-performance ingredient options.
With a vast product range that includes everything from agrochemicals, building and construction materials and adhesives, to pharmaceuticals dietary supplements and food and feedstocks, Croda is a company with a portfolio of sustainable ingredients that are used by small, niche consumer markets as well as much larger specialist industrial ones.
According to Croda (@CrodaInc), the new 100% bio-based and 100% renewable range of non-ionic surfactants are the widest commercially available and is certified to meet the criteria of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred program – an initiative which aims to assist in the development and expansion of markets for bio-based product.
The new ECO range is the result of a significant investment made by Croda in its US-based Atlas Point manufacturing site in New Castle, Delaware, to construct an ethylene oxide plant using naturally derived feedstocks. According to Croda, the range offers a wide variety of benefits including emulsification, detergency and cleansing, and solubilisation while delivering mild and stable formulations.
Sandra Breene (@mum_bean), Croda’s president of personal care and North America, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer such a wide range of 100% bio-based and 100% renewable ingredients to meet the needs of formulators and companies seeking to deliver more sustainable options without a compromise in performance or the need for extensive research and development time, adding to development cycles.”
With the ECO range, Croda has further evolved the products, creating a step change by offering bio-based and renewable options that reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and lower the carbon footprint of these ingredients versus their petroleum-based alternatives.
According to the company, by simply replacing a petroleum-derived ingredient with its renewable variant, a significant improvement in bio-based content and renewability can be achieved without a sacrifice in product performance.
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