Demand for sustainable cleaning has risen dramatically in recent years, largely because of increasing awareness about the impact of chemical cleaning agents on the environment and public health. Today, we look into the ballooning eco-friendly cleaning market, how Smartchem (Intelligent Fluids) is leading the charge, and how you can be part of this remarkable transformation.
Industrialization has been negatively impacting the environment since the 19th-century revolution when manufacturers transitioned from hand production to machines. Coal, the primary energy source for industries, was burned in unfathomable amounts, resulting in heavy air pollution. Moreover, increased production rates resulted in a spike in waste generation, most of which ended up in dumpsites and waterways.
Further contributing to the environment scourge was the rising industrial cleaning sector, which provided cleaners and degreasers for essential machine maintenance. These substances were formulated with non-biodegradable solvents that eventually made their way into the ground and water systems. Newer industrial cleaning experiments created solvents with volatile organic compounds (VOC), which vaporized at room temperature, transforming into hazardous air pollutants.
Over 100 years later, industrial processes like cleaning and degreasing have become some of the most detrimental causes of environmental degradation, climate change, and public health crises. Fortunately, industries are learning from past mistakes and taking steps toward sustainability. Thanks to innovative companies like Smartchem (Intelligent Fluids), the industrial cleaning sector can finally start journeying toward a green future.
After decades of carefree pollution, the world is finally showing intent to turn the tide. Mounting calls for environment-friendly practices, increasing customer demand for sustainable products, and the visible effects of persistent pollution on health and climate are pushing industries toward more sustainable products.
Eco-friendly cleaning entails using green agents and processes that do not harm the environment or undermine human health. A cleaning product is considered "green" if it is biodegradable, sustainable, and safe for the environment. To garner widespread support, green cleaning agents must also be readily available, reasonably priced, and offer the same or better performance as traditional cleaning chemicals.
The global industrial cleaning market has achieved commendable growth in recent years. Industry reports peg its current value at 50 billion USD and project it to reach 58 billion USD by 2024. This performance is attributed to a sharper focus on maintaining clean and healthy environments to enhance productivity, quality, and standards in manufacturing settings.
Amid the increasing demand for industrial cleaning products, a key emerging market trend is replacing petroleum-based solvents with eco-friendly alternatives. Stringent VOC emission regulation, corporate campaigns, and a rich body of evidence linking mainstream cleaning agents to environmental degradation and health issues are the primary factors driving the migration to greener products.
As the push for eco-friendly products intensifies and demand rises, the entire industrial cleaning market is ripe for disruption. Data from a Smithers study indicates that the total value of environmentally-friendly cleaning products will grow at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2021 to 2026, with R&D powering most of the future advancements in the business. Therefore, the companies leading the transformation with eco-friendly cleaning products today are well set to be the market leaders of tomorrow.
The cleaning sector has been taking steps to promote green agents for a while, but until recently, eco-friendly products could not match the performance offered by classical solvents. As a result, willing customers eventually returned to traditional chemicals, which were far more effective and cost-friendly.
Today, innovation has finally given rise to a solution that does the job exceptionally while also being safe for handlers, equipment, and the environment. Ground-breaking technology from Smartchem (Intelligent Fluids GmbH) replaces the chemical reactions of solvents with molecular physics to give cleaning agents the ability to break down and wash off all kinds of surface deposits with zero negative impact to health and the environment.
Cleaning products on Smartchem (Intelligent Fluids') portfolio are tailor-made phase fluids comprising gentle ingredients that remove contaminants via touch rather than chemical activity. Thanks to their net-like, highly dynamic molecular structures, these agents can penetrate, fragment, and gently dislodge even the most persistent deposits without chemically altering them. Unlike solvent-based cleaning agents, Smartchem (Intelligent fluids) are water-based, biodegradable, non-inflammable, and pH neutral. Therefore, they can be used and disposed of without the worry of negatively impacting users, the public, or the environment.
These eco-friendly agents also help reduce operational costs by eliminating the expensive measures of managing solvent-based waste, such as installing and maintaining exhaust systems, specialized disposal, and intermediate rinsing. Furthermore, Smartchem (Intelligent Fluids) customers can minimize efforts to comply with the increasingly complex waste management regulations.
The cleaning sector has contributed significantly to pollution over the years, but it is not too late to turn the tide. As Smartchem (Intelligent Fluids) demonstrates, it is entirely possible to accomplish effective and cost-friendly industrial and commercial cleaning without damaging the environment.
Smartchem (Intelligent Fluids) is at the forefront in the industrial cleaning transformation and is inviting like-minded investors to join the cause through the Smartchem SMAC token ICO. Participating in our ICO gives you the chance to invest in the next phase of industrial cleaning, gain returns from a rapidly growing market, and contribute to a cleaner, healthier planet.
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