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Cultivated agents


Sustainable background music makes most things easier. Even cleaning. And it could be better yet.

A Belgian startup is using spent cooking oil and food waste to produce environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

With the help of yeast organisms isolated from bumble bee honey, potato peel and vegetable scraps from the supermarket are fermented in a patented process. The resulting biosurfactants are quite versatile.

Together with ethanol made from excess brewery alcohol, they account for 97% of new surface and toilet cleaning agents, as well as limescale removers.

The scent is provided by compounds from out-of-date fruit. This circular economy system could soon also see converted food waste create sustainable care or pharmaceutical products.

In Canada, similar work is already underway.

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