Seeking valid alternatives to linear alkyl benzene sulfonate (LAS) surfactant in detergent formulations

  • Stefano from Fater SpA
  • From Italy
  • Very responsive
  • Project Size Range : 50,000 - 250,000 €
  • Deadline completed
    The submission process for new proposals is closed. Proposals submitted before the deadline will follow the standard evaluation process.

Desired outcome

We are looking for solutions on how to reduce substantially, ideally eliminate totally, or replace with a renewable version the surfactant linear alkyl benzene sulfonate (LAS) in detergent formulations.

Fater SpA
Fater SpA

Details of the Innovation Need

LAS is among the most versatile surfactants for use in detergent formulations. It is available from several suppliers, is relatively cheap, is easy to incorporate in formulations, has a favourable biodegradability profile and last but not least performs strongly as far as cleaning is concerned. Based on ingredient list of major detergents in EU – available as liquid and soluble unit doses - LAS is actually present in most of the products.

LAS is currently manufactured from non-renewable oil-derived sources.

We would like to accomplish one of the two points below:

  1. Source a LAS version which is derived from renewable resources and is not oil-derived.
  2. Identify an alternative material to LAS which has a similar performance, cost and environmental profile and can work as a substitute in a laundry formulation.

We will judge solutions based on:

  • Industrial availability or potential scaleability
  • Cost and volumes availability
  • Performance in cleaning

We will require the solver to provide indications of cost assumptions and to share performance data with a relevant detergency test

Discarted solutions

  • Replacement of LAS with currently available vegetal-derived surfactants is not deemed interesting, e.g. direct replacement with alkyl sulfates and alkyl-ethoxy sulfates or similar approaches such as alkyl glucosides.

Possible solution areas

  • We would accept solutions that address the synthesis from renewable sources for only the alkyl or aryl moiety of LAS

Related Keywords

  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Materials Technology
  • Fine Chemicals, Dyes and Inks
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Soaps, detergents
  • Consumer related
  • Consumer Products
  • Industrial Products
  • Chemicals and Materials
  • surfactants

About Fater SpA

Fater is an Italian company founded in 1958 by Francesco Angelini, since 1992 joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Angelini Group. It manufactures and distributes the brand products ACE Neoblanc and Comet in 39 countries in the Western European and Central Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa markets; in Italy it has been expanding the market of personal hygiene products since the late '60 and it now produces and sells brand products such as Pampers, LINES, LINES Specialist and Tampax. Fater is a dynamic company that invests in Research & Development around 4% of its annual turnover (837 million Euros) and counts globally 1,600 employees. Consumer and market knowledge shared competences and search for efficiency are the drivers of growth in the long run. The headquarters is in Pescara; the Italian manufacturing facilities are located in Pescara and Campochiaro (CB); other plants abroad include facilities in Portugal (Porto) and Turkey (Gebze). Fater has several affiliates in Moscow, Bucharest, Istanbul and Mohammedia.

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