Dry cleaning is set to become greener after a renewable chemical firm has managed to produce a bio-based solvent.
American company Green Biologics, together with professional textile care enterprise Kreussler Inc, has worked out how to create an environmentally friendly cleaning solvent from corn, which will be grown from 500 family-owned farms in the US.
The SOLVONK4 solution will help reduce the amount of harmful waste products that are often produced in the dry cleaning process, including carbon, grease, dyes, soils and powdered filter material.
Vice president of global sales at Green Biologics Peter O’Loughlin said: “This is an excellent example of how we specialise in collaborating with a market leader to leverage our renewable speciality chemicals platform in new and unique applications to deliver value to customers.”
Richard Fitzpatrick, vice president of Kreussler Inc, stated that Green Biologics’ advancements in formation have enabled them to “push solvent-based textile cleaning into a new level”.
SOLVONK4 is the first bio-based solvent in the dry cleaning industry, and is said to provide better results than other popular brands without being harmful to the environment.
More businesses are trying to find green alternatives to chemical products, such as fuels like bio-ethanol, in a bid to protect the natural world these days.
Indeed, according to the recently released Global Green and Bio Solvents Market Analysis, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Threats, Trends, Applications and Growth Forecast to 2026, scientists are continuing to find ways to derive solvents from fruits, seeds and plants, instead of synthetic solutions.