Periodic Reporting for period 1 - NEEDbioWash (Natural Enzymes for Ecological Detergents to improve biologically certified Washing products)
Reporting period: 2019-04-01 to 2020-03-31
The innovative idea of NEEDbioWash consists of using the solid state fermentation technique to avoid the need of genetical modification to enhance productivity. The consortium of NEEDbioWash includes the two most important stakeholders for this innovation.
The market of organic food and non-food merchandise is growing rapidly, both in the European and the global market growth rates of up to 20% are to observe. This is due the raising awareness of the customers to more healthy products, more responsible use of resources, better working conditions, fair traded goods and animal welfare. In organic-labelled products ingredients produced from or by GMO are strictly forbidden, as the influence of GMO on the human health and the environment are not yet satisfyingly investigated. Organic products aim to be produced as natural as possible, including the used raw materials. We are convinced that it is time to provide conscious customers also an environment-friendly laundry detergent product which is entirely natural and has still outstanding washing performance, as people nowadays have – also in the organic community – no time to care about dirty laundry.
Two variants of the NEEDbioWash enzymes show good performance.
Furthermore, the required analytical methods were established by TECNALIA and carried out for the samples provided by NST.
OWS proceeded with the data collection for the life cycle analysis of the future products.
NST as organic enzymes supplier and RG as (eco) laundry detergent producer can answer this business need with NEEDbioWash. To comply with the strict standards of the Association of Organic Processors, Wholesalers and Retailers (Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren (BNN) e.V.) which is the most important interest organization in the organic market in Germany, the GMO-free production of all ingredients must be documented along the entire production chain from 2018.
The NEEDbioWash beneficiaries are convinced that the outcome of the NEEDbioWash project will be organic detergent products comprising organic NEEDbiowash enzymes which improve the stain removing properties which will clearly be a progress beyond the state of the art. So far, no competitive product has been identified that fulfils all the necessary requirements regarding certification and washing performance neither on the European, nor on the world-wide market.