Brazil's Higiclean Announces New Cashew Extract Natural ‘Green’ Cleaning Ingredient to be Marketed in the U.S.

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U.S. market partners sought for new disinfectant, solvent and odor remover

A natural chemical extracted from the cashew nut is the main constituent of a base formulation for green cleaning products being introduced in the U.S. by Higiclean, a company based near Sao Paulo, Brazil. This new cleaning compound is based on isoprene molecules from vegetable source and sugar esters.

Mauricio de Castro, Higiclean´s director and chief scientist explains: "The cashew nut liquid contains several different useful chemical fractions, which we were able to isolate and make into effective cleaners. These molecules are powerful disinfectants, solvents and odor removers."

One of the fractions, isoprene is a colorless volatile liquid with biological activities whose molecule can be found in certain plants. Terpenes such as limonene and turpentine - commonly found in cleaning formulations - are constituted of repeated isoprene units.

By working with the building blocks of such widely found ingredients, Higiclean can develop enhanced properties and lower costs in its formula, to be marketed as starting materials for green cleaning products.

Higiclean is now looking for marketing partners in North America. The company is opening discussions about supply arrangements and product co-development with some janitorial products formulators and distributors. Higieclean is part of the Puritec Group. Contact Marcelo Lopes mlopes(at)puritec(dot)com(dot)br

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