Clariant recently launched its new Vita 100% bio based surfactant and polyethylene glycol (PEG) to combat climate change by helping to remove fossil carbon from the value chain.
As our climate sends us more and more shocking signals of change, individuals and industries are looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprint, and the demand for bio based chemicals will grow strongly in the coming years. Clariant is committed to promoting the transition to a more sustainable bio economy and has an increasing number of bio based products and processing aids in its product portfolio.
The introduction of 100% bio based surfactants and PEG significantly expanded Clariant's Vita designated ingredients. Vita products are based on renewable raw materials and have a renewable carbon index (RCI) of at least 98%. This is just an example of its commitment to providing low-carbon footprint solutions for customers and greater chemistry between people and the earth.
"From packaging to many ingredients, typical consumer products in coatings, personal care, home care, industrial and agricultural applications still use petrochemical products, so fossil carbon is also used," said Christian Vang, global head of Clariant's industrial and consumer products business, "The shift to bio based carbon chemistry remains a huge challenge for manufacturers, and through the introduction of Vita surfactants and PEG series, we provide them with important new solutions to achieve this goal."
The new Vita products are designed specifically for natural formulations with a high renewable carbon index (RCI), supporting manufacturers to maximize the bio based carbon content of consumer products such as detergents, shampoos and shower gels, paints, industrial lubricants and crop formulas. Clariant uses 100% bioethanol from sugarcane or corn to make ethylene oxide for its innovative new surfactants and peg.
Since only bio based raw materials are used, the carbon footprint of these components is significantly lower than that of fossil based raw materials. Vita surfactants can save carbon dioxide emissions: they can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 85% compared to fossil analogues.
Importantly, in addition to setting standards for more environmentally friendly production, these new solutions are chemically equivalent to Clariant's version, providing formula designers and brand owners with the same performance and efficiency. Customers can now benefit from more than 70 bio based products, and this range will continue to expand to meet the changing market demand. In the first quarter of 2022, Clariant IGL specialty chemicals (CISC), Clariant's joint venture, will provide double-digit kilotons of bio based surfactants and peg to the global business unit