• Ecover: A Company Of Innovation

    Sep 07, 2010 | By Heather

    “Just as energy is the basis of life itself…so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress.”

    ~ Ted Levitt

    In the year of our 30th Anniversary (this year), we celebrate Innovation! After all, Ecover was founded by the ground breaking pioneer Frans Bogaerts, who envisioned a phosphate-free future.  The challenge: cleaning products contained harmful chemicals, such as phosphates, which when released into our water systems, adversely impacted the survival of aquatic life.  The solution: thanks to the skills and tenacity of the Ecover research and development team – a phosphate-free laundry powder was created. And over the next three decades, Ecover has continuously strived to raise the bar on environmental innovation.

    “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

    ~ Albert Einstein

    Environmental responsibility is the core of our Company’s reason for being, a continuing quest to improve the quality of sustainable ingredients and manufacturing processes. The challenge: most household cleaners contain surface-active ingredients called Surfactants, produced through a high-energy process.  The solution: Ecover developed a completely new bio-chemical, energy-efficient process derived from yeast (from bees’ nests) to create surfactants.  A natural emulsifier was produced – the world’s first Eco-Surfactant–for use in our hard surface cleaners. The potential of Eco-Surfactants is steadily growing as we further explore its solubility, foaming power and stability, endeavoring to use Eco-Surfactants throughout our full spectrum of cleaning products.

    Ecover does not just talk the talk. We practice sustainability to the nth degree – from our vaulted factory ceilings made from fast-growing sustainable wood and our energy-efficient machines to our sustainable manufacturing and distribution processes. When there is a synergy of innovation, dedication and commitment to the environment, the solution is…Ecover.

    Are you an innovator as well?  And you care about sustainability?  Enter our 30 Under 30 Contest and show the world that your commitment has made a difference.  Enter here.

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