Unilever Cleans Up Soap With Algae Oil

Unilever Cleans Up Soap With Algae Oil

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After a year of testing algae-based oils in soaps and other products, Unilever has decided to expand its research on the petrochemical replacement.

Unilever will continue its partnership with Solazyme, a company that uses algae to produce oil and biomaterials in standard fermentation facilities.

The company's algae-based creations include biofuels, oils for use in human and animal foods, and cosmetics ingredients.

Unilever and Solazyme have signed an agreement to continue their research and development work. They will next work on demonstrating the viability of using algal oils in products on a commercial scale.

In addition to experimenting with new ingredients to lower the impacts of its products, Unilever has been encouraging consumers to use concentrated laundry detergents, which weigh less that non-concentrated versions, take up less space and use fewer ingredients and packaging materials.

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