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More than just a slogan


We learn about ‘The InnuScience Way’ from Steve Teasdale, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor at InnuScience Group.


For the length of its existence, InnuScience has led with two key aims – to rid the planet of harmful cleaning solutions and to keep both people (employees, customers, and the public) and planet safe for the future generations. Having developed its own biotechnological solutions and seeking out other alternatives, it has reached a


point where it can offer a complete solution for all daily cleaning needs.


Knowing that its products would be used in cleaning operations necessary to guarantee the safety of people, InnuScience has dedicated its R&D teams to developing products that would meet their exacting standards. Developing products that keep planet and people safe isn’t always that straightforward and takes time, especially when using biotechnology as a primary approach, as nature doesn’t always do what you expect it to do.


Choosing the right surfactants


All cleaning products contain surfactants, which are amphiphilic molecules that lower the surface tension between two states, helping to ‘wet’ surfaces and mobilise and emulsify dirt.


Surfactants are produced from non-renewable (derived from petroleum) or renewable sources (derived from plants). Among both renewable and non-renewable source surfactants, you can find easily biodegradable and low aquatic toxicity surfactants.


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Non-renewable-based surfactants have the disadvantage of contributing to the depletion of non-renewable resources, which will eventually become unavailable. However, plant- based surfactants are produced through agricultural activities that can be destructive to natural habitats. Since most cultivable areas are already used for the production of food, vast tracts of land have been destroyed to make room for huge plantations of palm trees to produce palm oil that is used, among other things, to meet the needs of the very large multinationals.


The destruction of these natural habitats contributes significantly to the increase in greenhouse gases, damages the natural biodiversity that has consequences that can in some cases lead to situations such as the current coronavirus pandemic.


This is why, given InnuScience’s concern for maintaining balance and for the protection of the environment, we always seek to find the right combination of petroleum- based and responsible plant-based surfactants, rather than simply choosing the cheapest commercially available product. InnuScience always uses blends of surfactants that achieve the best ratio of performance to eco-friendliness.


What about Biodegradability?


Another commonly quoted term when referencing environmentally safe products. Biodegradability is the gradual process by which organic materials are broken down into simple molecules, such as water, carbon dioxide, and methane, and are released into the atmosphere, ideally without leaving toxins behind. Any organic (carbon-based) substance/material will eventually biodegrade once it’s


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