EcoXperience, a Startup formed in 2016 by a group of chemists from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC), has just obtained 700 thousand euros in funding from the PT2020 Program to develop ecological detergents from used cooking oils.

This funding will be applied to the development of One-N-Done, a 100 percent “green” capsule that converts used cooking oil, a highly polluting residue – 1 liter of oil contaminates up to a million liters of water – into different detergents (floor wash, glass cleaner, soap, dishwasher, among others), practically automatically and at low cost.

The project, which involves a dozen researchers from the FCTUC Chemistry Department, Tecnocanto and the Sonae group, expects this capsule to be on the market within two years, as EcoXperience has already created a technology to transform used oils into cleaning agents through a protein that works as a biocatalyst....

This technology, in the process of being patented, uses a protein found in the human body, produced by the pancreas to process ingested fats.

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 used oils into new components.

Supported by the philosophy of the Circular Economy – an economy that has as its premise the transformation of waste into innovative products -, EcoXperience aims 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 crockery, “stuffed” with all the agents necessary to transform the used oil and the essential ingredients for the 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 generally 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 and environmentally friendly 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.

With the international market in mind, the Startup carries out a survey of all types of oils that are used worldwide “with the aim of finding a solution for each geographic area of ​​the globe or even developing a universal formula”, say those responsible.

Source: Mundo Lusíada