Our beneficial microbes are grown using our proprietary fermentation technology. They are a synergistic community of multiple species and strains, living in syntrophy — a special kind of symbiosis where a variety of byproducts, called metabolites, produced by each species helps other species in the group live and thrive. Some of these metabolites are powerful bio-surfactants with many beneficial properties.
This is also an example of biology in action:
Metabolism is a series of life-sustaining biochemical reactions performed in all organisms, even our tiny microbes. From humans to bacteria, metabolism is our way of converting food or fuel into energy to function, grow, and survive.
Metabolites are multipurpose products of metabolism. Microbes use these metabolites for a wide variety of functions to enable survival—for example, to build defensive barriers.
Our microbes can be used to produce metabolites with surfactant properties. Surfactants are chemical compounds that work by lowering surface tensions, allowing dissimilar materials (think oil and water) to co-exist.
Surfactants are used everywhere, from everyday detergents to agricultural adjuvants. They have many uses but are perhaps best known as the substances that enable dirt and grime to be washed away by water.
Right now, most of the surfactants we use are derived from unsustainable petrochemicals—and some are known to be toxic to humans, animals, and the environment.
Our fully biodegradable, bio-based surfactants, created by our microbes, represent a cost-neutral and non-toxic replacement for petrochemical surfactants in industries from leather-cleaning to home cleaning.