How to Clean Up Home Care Products

Consumers across all segments like to read product labels before purchasing. They have great expectations for ingredient transparency and would like brands to show how “clean” their labels are. We’ve seen the rise of ‘clean beauty’ transforming the personal care market. The trend has also reached home care, including laundry detergent, fabric softeners and dishwashing detergent. (Should we call it clean cleaning?) Let’s take a look at how it started and how it’s going.

In 2020, a survey by IBM and the National Retail Federation looked at consumer shopping behavior in 28 countries.

Nearly eight in 10 survey respondents said that sustainability was important. Seven in 10 said they were looking for specific attributes in their product choice, and nearly six in 10 would change their shopping habits to help reduce negative environmental impact.

What do consumers look for? Here is a partial list of issues that could be important:

Not containing chemicals harmful to my family

Not containing chemicals harmful to the environment

Biodegradable

Free from plastics

Made from plants/vegan

Food-grade ingredients

Paraben free

Understanding of fragrance ingredients/use essential oils

Hypoallergenic/Gentle on skin

Cruelty free

Concentrated formula

No product waste/recyclable packaging

Treatment of employees and concern for community

As we can see from the list above, the issues reflect a concern of “doing no harm” to the health of humans, animals and our waterways.

Why Biodegradability Is Central to Sustainability

Manufacturers are turning to more plant-based surfactants, enzymes and other functional materials rather than petroleum-based solutions, and more concentrated formulations for less packaging. However, ingredients also need to be biodegradable to break down rapidly in a way that is not harmful to the environment or waterways.

Researchers estimate that about eight million metric tons of waste plastic enters the ocean every year. Microplastics – those scrubbing, pearlescent and fragrance beads used to differentiate home and personal care formulations – were part of the plastic problem. They began to appear in body washes, liquid face soaps, dishwashing liquid, liquid laundry detergents and fabric softeners in the ‘70s. Consumers liked the idea of scent capsules that helped provide long-lasting freshness. Manufacturers liked that they were economical and rinsed off easily. 

However, the microplastics also passed straight through wastewater treatment systems, which were not designed to filter them. Since the microplastics were not biodegradable, they tended to accumulate in waterways and could be ingested by marine life, potentially entering our food supply. Many countries now ban the use of microplastics, and the search is on for a biodegradable alternative.

CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid: A Biodegradable Stabilizer

Any new technology to replace microplastics will require something to stabilize it in liquid formulations. CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid may be just the hero stabilizer that formulators need. Chemically identical to plant-derived cellulose, CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid is produced by a microbial fermentation process.

This provides several unique benefits:

  • It is biodegradable and eco-friendly with a lifecycle not dependent on land and water usage
  • It forms a 3D, net-like structure to easily suspend opacifiers
  • High surface area-to-weight ratio
  • Not sensitive to temperature, salt or pH
  • Compatible with highly concentrated formulas
  • Disperses easily
  • Dilutes quickly
  • Won’t thicken or affect pour viscosity
  • Dependable, batch-to-batch repeatability for
    scale up
  • Low cost in use

In summary, biodegradability should be an essential part of your sustainability commitment when looking to clean up your home care formulations.

How to Clean Up Home Care Products

Consumers across all segments like to read product labels before purchasing. They have great expectations for ingredient transparency and would like brands to show how “clean” their labels are. We’ve seen the rise of ‘clean beauty’ transforming the personal care market. The trend has also reached home care, including laundry detergent, fabric softeners and dishwashing detergent. (Should we call it clean cleaning?) Let’s take a look at how it started and how it’s going.

In 2020, a survey by IBM and the National Retail Federation looked at consumer shopping behavior in 28 countries.

Nearly eight in 10 survey respondents said that sustainability was important. Seven in 10 said they were looking for specific attributes in their product choice, and nearly six in 10 would change their shopping habits to help reduce negative environmental impact.

What do consumers look for? Here is a partial list of issues that could be important:

Not containing chemicals harmful to my family

Not containing chemicals harmful to the environment

Biodegradable

Free from plastics

Made from plants/vegan

Food-grade ingredients

Paraben free

Understanding of fragrance ingredients/use essential oils

Hypoallergenic/Gentle on skin

Cruelty free

Concentrated formula

No product waste/recyclable packaging

Treatment of employees and concern for community

As we can see from the list above, the issues reflect a concern of “doing no harm” to the health of humans, animals and our waterways.

Why Biodegradability Is Central to Sustainability

Manufacturers are turning to more plant-based surfactants, enzymes and other functional materials rather than petroleum-based solutions, and more concentrated formulations for less packaging. However, ingredients also need to be biodegradable to break down rapidly in a way that is not harmful to the environment or waterways.

Researchers estimate that about eight million metric tons of waste plastic enters the ocean every year. Microplastics – those scrubbing, pearlescent and fragrance beads used to differentiate home and personal care formulations – were part of the plastic problem. They began to appear in body washes, liquid face soaps, dishwashing liquid, liquid laundry detergents and fabric softeners in the ‘70s. Consumers liked the idea of scent capsules that helped provide long-lasting freshness. Manufacturers liked that they were economical and rinsed off easily. 

However, the microplastics also passed straight through wastewater treatment systems, which were not designed to filter them. Since the microplastics were not biodegradable, they tended to accumulate in waterways and could be ingested by marine life, potentially entering our food supply. Many countries now ban the use of microplastics, and the search is on for a biodegradable alternative.

CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid: A Biodegradable Stabilizer

Any new technology to replace microplastics will require something to stabilize it in liquid formulations. CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid may be just the hero stabilizer that formulators need. Chemically identical to plant-derived cellulose, CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid is produced by a microbial fermentation process.

This provides several unique benefits:

  • It is biodegradable and eco-friendly with a lifecycle not dependent on land and water usage
  • It forms a 3D, net-like structure to easily suspend opacifiers
  • High surface area-to-weight ratio
  • Not sensitive to temperature, salt or pH
  • Compatible with highly concentrated formulas
  • Disperses easily
  • Dilutes quickly
  • Won’t thicken or affect pour viscosity
  • Dependable, batch-to-batch repeatability for
    scale up
  • Low cost in use

In summary, biodegradability should be an essential part of your sustainability commitment when looking to clean up your home care formulations.

CP Kelco Launches Online Resource Focused on Innovation and the Power of Nature

ATLANTA, April 14, 2021 – CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, today announced the launch of a new multimedia resource spotlighting its capabilities in action. Filled with value-creating ideas and nature-powered innovation, “Innovation… Powered by Nature” aims to help manufacturers in the food, beverage, home and personal care segments understand market trends and navigate a changing industry landscape through problem-solving and collaboration.

Using nature-powered innovation, CP Kelco’s portfolio is evolving to help meet consumer expectations – from clean label and sustainability to the plant protein megatrend and even the economic impact of the pandemic. See how CP Kelco combines regional insights, market trends, new product prototypes from around the world and key applications to provide innovative solutions to common formulation challenges.

CP Kelco also looks at what’s next—what manufacturers need to have their eye on to pivot for the future: enhanced focus on health and wellness, new processes and technologies, sustainable sourcing and production, and of course, new functional ingredients and applications.

“The industry needs partners to be agile, growth-minded and passionate about anticipating market needs,” said Jérôme Béra, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. “Innovation happens when we’re collaborating with customers to envision what’s ahead and can tailor solutions to develop new products that meet – and even exceed – consumer expectations. Our new resource is focused on helping companies remain competitive in today’s innovation-driven business landscape.”

“We continue to explore future market needs and exciting possibilities enabled by nature-powered innovation and look forward to engaging even more customers and partners with us on this journey,” Béra added.

Access exclusive insights on market trends, product prototypes from around the world, and key applications and solutions to common formulation challenges by visiting cpkelco.com/innovate.

About CP Kelco

CP Kelco is a nature-based ingredient solutions company with over 85 years of experience working with food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers worldwide. We unlock nature-powered success by applying ingredient innovation and problem-solving to develop customized solutions that leverage our regional insights and meet manufacturers’ goals to address consumer needs and preferences.  What sets us apart:

  • Unique Portfolio. Produces extensive range of high-quality, plant-based and fermentation-derived ingredients to formulate tailored solutions.
  • Technical Excellence. Offers strong collaboration with a global team of scientists and applications experts, leveraging our regional state-of-the art R&D facilities.
  • Committed to providing responsibly sourced and produced ingredients.
  • Market Insights. Understands market and consumer trends to help customers create relevant and innovative products.

Key product lines include gellan gum, pectin, xanthan gum, carrageenan, diutan gum, refined locust bean gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate, fermentation-derived cellulose and our latest innovation, NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber. Learn more at www.cpkelco.com.

 

Unlocking Nature-Powered Success Through Innovation

Unlocking Nature-Powered
Success Through Innovation

No compromise: The future of food & beverage innovation.

The future of product development is going to be heavily influenced by the convergence of six important concepts. Each is about empowering customers and consumers with abundant, affordable choices and no compromises. Spotting trends early is crucial to the product development process. However, connecting all the pieces allows for full-circle synergy that spurs innovation. 

Simple & Clear Labels

The idea of ‘clean label’ continues to evolve over time but one thing is, well, clear: Consumer demand for transparency is at the forefront.

Manufacturers can earn the trust of consumers by using powerful but minimally processed and sustainably sourced, nature-based ingredients. In addition to a simple and clear ingredient deck, consumers may be looking for less overall ingredients. They may also prefer products that are organic compliant, non-GMO, and with less fat or sugar. That doesn’t have to mean compromise for you or consumers. It just means ingredient functionality becomes more important. We see this spotlight on ingredients continuing to grow as consumers focus on overall health and wellness.

Appealing to the Senses

How many of us have walked into a bakery and been comforted just by the aroma of fresh-baked cookies? Or bought a liquid laundry detergent because the scent reminded us of clean sheets drying on a clothesline in the sun? Let’s face it: a product must look good, smell good, feel and/or taste good to attract consumers. Psychology says some of our most memorable experiences are tied to sensory perception.

Sensory aspects can be the last hurdle for getting consumers to try a new product. Will the plant-based body wash be gentle enough for my sensitive skin? Will my plant-based cheese alternative melt like traditional dairy cheese on my usual Friday night pizza? They may try your product once, but consumers must enjoy – and even prefer – the sensory aspects to make the switch.

Good for You

We believe health and wellness benefits will be inherent in new product offerings going forward, enabling personalized nutrition to become mainstream along with added physical and mental wellness benefits. 

The idea is not limited to food and beverage product development either; there is synergy with the personal care and home care segments. Soothing or invigorating benefits and calming scents are prevalent, with a nod to environmental concerns and skin sensitivities using allergen-free ingredients. 

Good for The Planet

Consumers don’t just want products that are good for them; they want products that are also good for the planet. From small companies to global powerhouses, there has been a noticeable shift towards sustainability as consumers opt for brands that put the environment first. 

We envision products in the future will require less water, land and energy to produce, allowing Mother Nature to flourish, along with animal life. Innovation is already driving this movement forward through the exploration of new, alternative proteins and fermentation technology.

Powered by Nature & New Technology

For almost 90 years, nature has been CP Kelco’s source and inspiration for dozens of powerful ingredients. Along with a steadfast commitment to sustainable sourcing and minimal processing, new ideas help us bring out the best functionality of our nature-based ingredients.

Fermentation is one of those technologies that nature has given us that will ensure reliable functionality as it helps to create a sustainable, resilient future. For customers, it means quality ingredients in quantities small or large, without worry of scarcity due to natural events. For consumers, it means enjoying the products they love while also preserving plants and animals.

Culturally Comprehensive

Foods and beverages are more than nutrition; the products and even the preparation and the sharing of meals often has deep meaning attached to it. In addition to family customs, some foods are consumed due to religious beliefs, with strict dietary laws for promoting spiritual health. Many followers of global religions are vegetarians or follow strict prescriptions for the consumption of animal-based foods, such as kosher and halal.

Others pursue vegetarianism or veganism for their own health reasons or over concern for animal welfare. It also underscores a need for vegan formulations in beauty, personal care and home care products as well. In the future, the spectrum of new product offerings will be more sensitive to consumers’ cultural preferences.

The needs of the marketplace and the global demands of consumers will continue to evolve. However, we see a future full of possibilities, where nature holds the key to innovation with no compromises. CP Kelco will continue to unlock its abundant potential through new products, applications and functionalities. We invite you to be a part of it and explore with us!

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questions? We can help.

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Unlocking Nature-Powered Success Through Innovation

Unlocking Nature-Powered
Success Through Innovation

No compromise: The future of food & beverage innovation.

The future of product development is going to be heavily influenced by the convergence of six important concepts. Each is about empowering customers and consumers with abundant, affordable choices and no compromises. Spotting trends early is crucial to the product development process. However, connecting all the pieces allows for full-circle synergy that spurs innovation. 

Simple & Clear Labels

The idea of ‘clean label’ continues to evolve over time but one thing is, well, clear: Consumer demand for transparency is at the forefront.

Manufacturers can earn the trust of consumers by using powerful but minimally processed and sustainably sourced, nature-based ingredients. In addition to a simple and clear ingredient deck, consumers may be looking for less overall ingredients. They may also prefer products that are organic compliant, non-GMO, and with less fat or sugar. That doesn’t have to mean compromise for you or consumers. It just means ingredient functionality becomes more important. We see this spotlight on ingredients continuing to grow as consumers focus on overall health and wellness.

Appealing to the Senses

How many of us have walked into a bakery and been comforted just by the aroma of fresh-baked cookies? Or bought a liquid laundry detergent because the scent reminded us of clean sheets drying on a clothesline in the sun? Let’s face it: a product must look good, smell good, feel and/or taste good to attract consumers. Psychology says some of our most memorable experiences are tied to sensory perception.

Sensory aspects can be the last hurdle for getting consumers to try a new product. Will the plant-based body wash be gentle enough for my sensitive skin? Will my plant-based cheese alternative melt like traditional dairy cheese on my usual Friday night pizza? They may try your product once, but consumers must enjoy – and even prefer – the sensory aspects to make the switch.

Good for You

We believe health and wellness benefits will be inherent in new product offerings going forward, enabling personalized nutrition to become mainstream along with added physical and mental wellness benefits. 

The idea is not limited to food and beverage product development either; there is synergy with the personal care and home care segments. Soothing or invigorating benefits and calming scents are prevalent, with a nod to environmental concerns and skin sensitivities using allergen-free ingredients. 

Good for The Planet

Consumers don’t just want products that are good for them; they want products that are also good for the planet. From small companies to global powerhouses, there has been a noticeable shift towards sustainability as consumers opt for brands that put the environment first. 

We envision products in the future will require less water, land and energy to produce, allowing Mother Nature to flourish, along with animal life. Innovation is already driving this movement forward through the exploration of new, alternative proteins and fermentation technology.

Powered by Nature & New Technology

For almost 90 years, nature has been CP Kelco’s source and inspiration for dozens of powerful ingredients. Along with a steadfast commitment to sustainable sourcing and minimal processing, new ideas help us bring out the best functionality of our nature-based ingredients.

Fermentation is one of those technologies that nature has given us that will ensure reliable functionality as it helps to create a sustainable, resilient future. For customers, it means quality ingredients in quantities small or large, without worry of scarcity due to natural events. For consumers, it means enjoying the products they love while also preserving plants and animals.

Culturally Comprehensive

Foods and beverages are more than nutrition; the products and even the preparation and the sharing of meals often has deep meaning attached to it. In addition to family customs, some foods are consumed due to religious beliefs, with strict dietary laws for promoting spiritual health. Many followers of global religions are vegetarians or follow strict prescriptions for the consumption of animal-based foods, such as kosher and halal.

Others pursue vegetarianism or veganism for their own health reasons or over concern for animal welfare. It also underscores a need for vegan formulations in beauty, personal care and home care products as well. In the future, the spectrum of new product offerings will be more sensitive to consumers’ cultural preferences.

The needs of the marketplace and the global demands of consumers will continue to evolve. However, we see a future full of possibilities, where nature holds the key to innovation with no compromises. CP Kelco will continue to unlock its abundant potential through new products, applications and functionalities. We invite you to be a part of it and explore with us!

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questions? We can help.

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Unlocking Nature-Powered
Success Through Innovation

No compromise: The future of home & personal care innovation.

In a world of ever-changing consumer needs, what does the future hold for home and personal care product development? We believe it hinges on six important concepts. At its core: abundant, affordable choices with no compromise.

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