Trend for biodegradable has been growing in the past years. And the detergent industry has been no exception. That’s why from some time now, the consumption of biodegradable surfactants has become consolidated.
The emergence of the CLP Regulation in 2010 was a turning point.
If till then the mixtures with surfactants classified as irritating did not need to be classified as such, after the entry into force of the obligation to label the detergents according to the CLP as preparations, on 1st June 2015, the mixtures with irritating surfactants shall also be classified with the phrase H318.
This makes that to the increasing demand for biodegradable surfactants is added the need to use non-irritating surfactants not requiring classifying the detergent as such.
Alkylpolyglucosides, the solution
The alkylpolyglucosides (APG) are surfactants meeting both requirements (they are surfactants with greater biodegradability and a very low irritating power).
The APGs are 100% biodegradable and have an excellent compatibility with skin and mucous membranes but also a good wetting and detergent strength so that their use does not mean sacrificing good performance.
Their non-ionic character makes them compatible with other surfactants and other substances, going as far as presenting interesting synergies with some anionic surfactants.
Furthermore, they have a very low Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC) which is why they offer good performance.
The Alkylpolyglucosides of Quimidroga
In Quimidroga we are distributors of alkylpolyglucosides. We have various references that differentiate themselves in the length of the alkyl chain (the foaming power of the surfactant is greater in the longer-chain APG), in the concentration of active matter and also in the colour (most of them have a dark colour but we also have a yellow APG so that this one does not affect the final coloration of the detergent).