Bio-based and biodegradable surfactants and thickeners

Together we can make sustainable products and affordable for everyone. Can you help us make our surfactants and thickeners become 100% bio-based, biodegradable and affordable? Join us and imagine chemistry… made from nature.

About the challenge

Background information

To create a better world, we want to make surfactants and thickeners which are sustainable and safe to use available and affordable to everyone. Our challenge is to make surfactants and thickeners which are bio-based AND biodegradable and therefore truly sustainable. Sustainable production means no negative effect on the environment: carbon neutral and not using feed as a feedstock. To be truly sustainable, we need to find other non-food natural resources and be able to give our products back to nature: they should be part of the biological lifecycle.

Where you fit in

We are looking for innovations to make safe products that are bio-based, biodegradable and competitively priced. We are not looking for multiple technologies; we want to invest in one technology solution that ideally can make more than one product.

Work with us

We are committed to finding a carbon-neutral method to make our surfactants and thickeners available to everyone. We believe that we can work together to develop and scale up a cost-effective technology within 5-10 years. Can you help us make our surfactants and thickeners become 100% bio-based, biodegradable and affordable? If you have ideas on how we could work together to achieve this dream, we welcome you to join us in our Imagine Chemistry Challenge.

Judging criteria

  • Driven by sustainability
  • One technology that can make multiple products
  • Implementation time
  • Non-patented
  • Scalable
  • Variable costs similar to current products