In 2016, a group of chemists from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) created the startup EcoXperience. Now, the professionals have obtained 700 thousand euros in funding to develop a major project: the creation of an ecological detergent made from used cooking oil.

The funds will be applied to the development of One-N-Done, a 100% ecological capsule that converts used cooking oils into detergents for various uses, such as cleaning floors, windows, soaps, dishwashers, among others. To this end, a protein that functions as a biocatalyst will be used.


The technology, which is in the process of being patented, uses a protein found in the human body, produced by the pancreas, to process ingested fats. In practice, “the formula developed by EcoXperience, in partnership with the University of Coimbra, mimics what happens in the human body, that is, it transforms the triglycerides present in the oils used into new components”, explain César Henriques and Filipe Antunes, two of the Startup founders.

Environmental issue

It is common for the rest of the oil used in cooking to be poured into sink drains and sewers, but this action is not correct and can lead to water contamination. According to Sabesp, one liter of oil can contaminate up to 25 thousand liters of water.

Democratize access to ecological products

The group of chemists intends to make available, both for the industrial sector and for domestic use, “a capsule identical to the one we put in the washing machine or dishwasher, 'stuffed' with all the agents necessary for the transformation of used oil and the essential ingredients for various cleaning products (perfume, dyes, etc.). Thus, we value waste and provide highly ecological detergents, without chemicals that are harmful to the environment, as is the case with current detergents”, emphasize César Henriques and Filipe Antunes.

The objective is to democratize the way people have access to detergents, allowing them to obtain effective plant-based products, saving time and money. It is estimated that One-N-Done allows the end user to save an average of 45% annually on detergents.

Source: Ciclo Vivo