Preservatives are key ingredients for the detergents industry: they are added to water-based products in very small quantities to ensure that there will be no proliferation of bacteria or mould. Thanks to these, products can thus remain adequately ‘preserved’ during the manufacturing and transportation, but also while products are stored in shops and at home and stay ‘fit for use’ for a sufficient period of time. The availability of preservatives is currently threatened under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), as a downstream consequence of the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP).
This section summarises why the availability of preservatives is so crucial for the detergents industry, and why innovation is challenging.
- Key ingredients for liquid laundry detergents
- >50% of A.I.S.E.’s turnover dependent
- Almost 90% of preservatives cannot be used by the detergents industry
- The few preservatives relevant for the detergents industry now threatened
A.I.S.E. and its members are keen to engage in an open and constructive dialogue between suppliers, downstream-users, researchers, authorities and ultimately consumers in order to reach sound and reliable solutions for the short, mid and long term.