BIOSEAL – Research project on smarter detergents forges new career prospects
- Compaction: this reduces the environmental footprint by cutting packaging waste and increasing transport efficiency;
- Enzymes: these biomolecules act as catalysts inside a washing machine. They are biodegradable, help reduce energy use by enabling lower washing temperatures and shorter washing cycles, and are derived from renewable sources;
- Surfactants: these keep stains in the water and prevent their return to the fabric. But they are often derived from petroleum, and the research looked at developing naturally-derived surfactants.
- Odours: crucial since perfume is often the top consideration for consumers.
- Participants: Belgium (Coordinator), United Kingdom, Italia, Portugal, Austria
- FP6 Project N° 19885
- EU contribution: € 1 039 757
- Duration: November 2005 — October 2009
Source: European Commission