Novozymes gets green light for environmentally friendly technology  

2003.12.16
The Danish enzyme concern has developed an enzyme which can replace aggressive chemicals used in production processes

The Danish enzyme manufacturer Novozymes has been given the international green light for its environmentally friendly technologies. An analysis by the independent German environmental research institute Öko-Institut, commissioned by Novozymes, shows that an enzyme developed by Novozymes can replace aggressive chemicals used in production processes such as textile production.

 

The textile industry typically uses chemical treatments, large quantities of water and high temperatures to clean cotton fibres for natural impurities. As natural cleaning agents, enzymes have a number of advantages over traditional chemical methods. 60% less waste water is discharged, cleaning temperatures are significantly lower and 25% less raw materials are required. Enzymes currently account for less than 1% of the DKK 91 billion (USD 15 billion) textile chemicals market.

 

Novozymes is a world leader in industrial enzymes and microorganisms with a global market share of 40% in both markets. The bulk of the company's turnover comes from technical enzymes used for detergents etc. Novozymes has a workforce of more than 3,700 people in 30 countries. The news is reported by national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

 

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