Clariant, Werner & Mertz tech using agricultural waste to make cleaning agents

In Germany, Clariant and Werner & Mertz have launched a project to expand the applications of bioethanol made from agricultural residues such as straw to detergents, cleansers and cleaning agents. sunliquid bioethanol has been used in Frosch Bio-Spirit Multisurface-Cleaner since the beginning of the year. As part of this, Clariant supplied the cellulosic ethanol, also called bio spirit, at the end of 2015 from its pre-commercial plant in Straubing, where up to 1 000 tons of cellulosic ethanol are produced annually using the sunliquid process.

Werner & Mertz, the family-run company based in Mainz, also welcomes the collaboration. With the “recyclate initiative” for packaging and the Frosch initiative for “locally-grown active ingredients,” the company has already been engaging in pioneering work in the field of sustainability for some time and wishes to further expand this through the use of another plant-based raw material, the sunliquid® cellulosic alcohol.

“At Werner & Mertz, we have a tradition of doing business based on the principle of sustainability. We always try to meet the needs of our customers with new and sustainable solutions. The collaboration with Clariant reaffirms our commitment to protect the environment and resources,” said Reinhard Schneider, Managing Partner at Werner & Mertz.

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