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Cognis APG® – a “green” success story
In recent years, a significant shift has been observed in global patterns of consumer
demand. The market for “green” solutions in the home and personal care segments is
growing rapidly. The growth stems from increasing consumer awareness about the
impact products have on their personal well-being, but also public health, society, and
the environment. If manufacturers in the personal and home care segments as well as
in the I&I market are to be successful, they have to offer products which deliver
excellent performance, yet also serve this global “ecoethics” trend.
Natural, renewable raw materials combined with an outstanding ecological footprint are
one of the keys to achieve success in the markets. Cognis APG® surfactants are
obtained from renewable plant-derived raw materials, such as coconut oil and starch.
They combine mildness to human skin, environmental compatibility, and pose no risk to
human health, yet still offer excellent cleaning performance in laundry detergents, hard
surface cleaners, and manual dish detergents alike. Cognis APG® surfactant also show
impressive performance in foaming, cleaning, and mildness in personal care products,
which make them widely accepted by formulators and ideal for mild shampoos, bath,
and shower gel applications.
Cognis APG® – the original “green” surfactant
Cognis is regarded as the world’s largest supplier of the original APG® surfactant, with
extensive experience in production and comprehensive application know-how.
The company has been producing APG® surfactants for approximately 15 years.
However, their roots reach back to the 19th century:
• In 1893, the German chemist Emil Fischer combined fatty alcohols and glucose
obtained from coconut or palm kernel oil and corn for the first time, creating a new
category of substances: alkyl glycosides.
• It was to take almost one hundred years, however, to progress from simple