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'The owner loves Ecoworks Marine products because they are environmentally clean and safe and the crew love them because they really work.'

Bertie Magnus Till, SY Elfje

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Environmentally Safer Ingredients in the Ecoworks Marine
Preserve the Living Seas range.


starfishPolysaccharide gum (thickener) Commonly used as a thickening agent and a stabilizer in food, cosmetics and cleaning products to prevent ingredients from separating. It is composed of pentasaccharide repeat units, comprising of glucose, mannose, and glucuronic acid and produced by the fermentation of glucose, sucrose, or lactose. After, fermentation it is dried, and ground into a fine powder.


Potassium sorbate (preservative) is the potassium salt of sorbic acid. It’s a white salt that is very soluble in water and primarily used as a food preservative (E202). Potassium sorbate is effective in a variety of applications including food, wine, and personal care products to inhibit the development of microorganisms for shelf stability. While sorbic acid is naturally occurring in some berries, virtually all of the world’s production of sorbic acid, from which potassium sorbate is derived, is manufactured synthetically.


Lactic acid (organic acid) is a carboxylic acid, in industry, lactic acid fermentation is performed by lactic acid bacteria, which convert glucose and sucrose to lactic acid. Lactic acid has gained importance in the detergent industry in the last decade. It’s a good de-scaler, soap-scum remover and a registered anti-bacterial agent. It is economically beneficial as well as forming part of an integral move towards more environmentally safe and natural ingredients.


Citric acid (organic acid) is an organic acid and is a commodity chemical and more than a million tonnes are produced every year by fermentation. In this production technique the source of sugar is corn steep liquor, molasses, hydrolyzed corn starch or other sugary solutions. After the mold is filtered out of the resulting solution the citric acid is isolated by precipitation. Prior to this fermentation technique citric acid was derived from fruit.


Alkyl polyglycosides APG’s (surfactant & cleaning agent) are a class of non-ionic surfactants now widely used in a variety of household and industrial applications. They are derived from sugars and fatty alcohols and favoured for their manufacture as they come from renewable resources. The raw materials for industrial manufacture are typically starch and fat, and the final products are typically complex mixtures of compounds with different sugars, when derived from glucose.


Plant based surfactants are produced through agricultural activities and although they have the advantage of coming from renewable resources, the processes can be destructive to natural habitats and food sources available to local populations may be reduced. As a result, there is currently a move towards using natural fatty alcohols and sugars from agricultural by-products, thus removing competition with glucose based raw materials. There is presently much research taking place to further enhance the performance of APG’s, and improve production methods by lowering the process temperatures, reducing emissions etc. We endeavour to keep ourselves at the forefront of new innovations and raw material choices as far as the environment and sustainability are concerned.


Gluconates (water softeners/alkalinity builders) are produced by the fermentation of glucose. They are non corrosive, non-toxic and readily biodegradable. The outstanding property of gluconates are their excellent chelating or bonding power as they form stable chelates with calcium, iron, copper, aluminium and other heavy metals, and in this respect, they surpasses all other chelating agents, such as EDTA, NTA and related compounds which have the most unfavourable environmental profiles.


There has been a progressive trend to more effective environmentally friendly chelating agents. Phosphate-free detergents are becoming more significant because of environmental and legislation concerns. The European market has recognized the damaging effects of heavy phosphate use and has imposed very strict legislation. These regulations have provided the impetus for the development of phosphate-free, gluconate containing products. The chelation properties combined with their low corrosion and ease of biodegradation have allowed gluconates to become an essential ingredient in “greener cleaners”.


Sodium Citrate (water softeners/alkalinity builders) are known as ecologically friendly builders for the replacement of phosphates. Builders, in addition to softening, provide a desirable level of alkalinity (increase pH), which aids cleaning. They also act as buffers to maintain proper alkalinity in wash water and help emulsify oily and greasy soil by breaking it up into tiny globules. They also suspend loosened dirt and keep it from settling back on the cleaned surface.


Eco-Solvent 1 (replacement for conventional solvent) is a mixture of vegetable extracts from renewable resources based on 100% raw materials from vegetable extracts and non-ionic “green” surfactants in an aqueous base blended via a complex irreversible process using special vegetable stabilizers. It is an environmentally safe fluid designed to replace and reduce conventional solvent classified chemical usage and enhances the performance of our cleaning products. It is readily and rapidly biodegradable, carbon neutral and contains no environmentally hazardous ingredients. It is made entirely from renewable raw materials and produced using innovative assembly techniques without solvent and chemical application It has excellent solvent and detachment action combined with a high solubility and dispersant power which leads to improved product properties. It is non-toxic to aquatic organisms and presents no signs of acute oral toxicity. It is not irritating to eyes or skin, contains no volatile compounds and has no flammability concerns.


Eco-Solvent 2 (replacement for conventional solvent) is derived from renewable sourcing from a bio-based feedstock manufactured using Nobel-Prize winning technology. It exhibits soil-penetrating properties, excellent solvency and has a low VOA content. This solvent utilizes the cleaning properties of a surfactant to outperform many common solvents in household cleaning. It fulfils the role of both a surfactant for making water-in-oil emulsions and a powerful solvent, which allows it to be highly effective against a broad range of soils.


Enzymes get to work immediately, breaking down hidden organic based deposits at the source, ensuring optimal and sustained odour control. Enzyme cleaning is a fast-developing sector. Enzymes have been used in washing powders for over thirty years, but more recently other more general enzyme-based cleaning products such as multipurpose cleaners have been introduced. Enzymes provide a wide range of degradation capabilities including the break down of protein, amylase, cellulose, fats, oils & grease and uricase. Enzymes get to work immediately, kick-starting the digestion of the organic debris at the source thus removing stains and breaking down odours.


Bacillus subtilis are a naturally-occurring strain of bacteria which does not carry a hazard classification and is generally regarded as safe by the scientific community worldwide. Bacillus strains are widely used in biotechnological applications, some even as probiotics for direct ingestion by humans and animals. Bacillus subtilis secrete extra-cellular enzymes providing a wide range of degradation capabilities including protein, amylase, cellulose, fats, oils, greases and uricase to digest organic debris at the source and in particular, target the breakdown of insoluble organic deposits, effectively breaking down odours at the source and reducing scale build up in ship pipe work.