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DuPont and P&G win Sustainable Bio Award following collaboration to develop energy-saving laundry detergent
DuPont and Procter & Gamble Company are the joint winners of the 2014 Sustainable Bio Award for Bio-Based Product Innovation of the Year. The two companies were recognised this week at the 2014 World Bio Markets Conference in Amsterdam for their pioneering work to build a new enzyme technology that delivers better cleaning power at lower wash temperatures.
This innovative engineering method discovered an optimal enzyme, also known as a protease, which matches the performance of detergent at 60°F (15.5°C) as the previous generation of product at 90°F (32.2°C).
This new protease improves cold water wash performance allowing a reduction in energy use due to efficient washing at lower temperatures - the most energy-intensive aspect of laundering clothes. DuPont worked with P&G's scientists to incorporate this protease into their liquid detergent products, which they are marketing around the globe.
"This protein has the potential to become one of the most widely used engineered enzymes in the world," said William F. Feehery, president, DuPont Industrial Biosciences. "With Procter & Gamble, we were able to combine the resources and talents of our global teams to completely re-imagine this product from the ground up. The result is a breakthrough that delivers superior fabric cleaning in cold water."
DuPont and P&G received the award at the 9th annual World Bio Markets Conference. The conference brought together industrial, academic and policy experts to provide a comprehensive look at the opportunities in the bio-based economy, including end-user markets for renewable fuels, bio-based chemicals and bio-based products.
6th March 2014