An Introduction to SpectraSan™ “Hungry Enzyme” Cleaners
Many so-called “green” products are not really “green” or safe. What proof do you have? The market is full of companies offering bogus “green” certifications because it is politically correct and the trend. The US Environmental Protection Agency is the only agency that can assure consumers that a product is truly “green,” eco-friendly, and poses no threat to humans, pets, plant life, marine life and the environment. We are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Designed for the Environment program. Many of our formulas and ingredients have already been reviewed by the EPA and third-party accreditation contractors to meet their goals for safety in addition to earning the highest level of “green” confirmation from the US EPA’s – DfE Seal of Approval.
What is the EPA’s Designed for the Environment’s Seal of Approval Program?
The DfE is a program started by the EPA to reduce risk to people and the environment by preventing pollution. This is how it works. Review teams screen the ingredients in products (cleaners are one of many different categories) to make sure that they pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.
Why “Green” Cleaners?
According to, Information Resources Inc (IRI), of Chicago, IL., sales of “green” cleaning products have exploded, with a 66% increase in the US in 2007. Today, both consumers and retailers are driving the market toward more sustainable solutions. Consumers are more environmentally aware, and mass market chains such as Wal-Mart are pushing for a reduction in harmful ingredients in cleaning products on the market.
As consumers demand more eco-friendly products, governments are reviewing environmental standards and are working toward greener regulations. In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is working on an update of the environmental marketing guidelines known as Green Guides. The EPA, which closely monitors the effects of surfactants on aquatic life, is pushing for new detergent ingredients that lower the environmental impact of washing. Furthermore, the EPA introduced a new Designed for the Environment certification program assuring the contents of the products are actually considered green and environmentally safe. In Europe, the EU has introduced stricter chemical regulations (REACH) that will have consequences for all chemical imports and exports to Europe.
The current “Green Wave” is hampered, however, by fluctuations in raw material prices. These fluctuations are putting pressure on detergent manufacturers to closely examine and stabilize their cost base and subsequently rethink their detergent formulations.
Ernie Rosenberg, president of the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), stressed in an interview with the Chemical & Engineering News the necessity for innovation in the detergent industry and discussed the need for companies to reformulate their products with evident sustainable benefits in order to succeed.
A Cost-effective Alternative
A new enzyme-based technology from Suarez Corporation Industries takes enzymes beyond cleaning boosters, allowing ingredient replacement or a reduction of surfactants, builders or other chemicals, without compromising performance. By utilizing multiple enzymes, we can develop customized solutions to counter the current market challenges the consumer faces. The optimized formulations make it possible to:
• Replace costly and toxic surfactants used in traditional cleaners
• Eliminate builders, such as phosphates.
• Replace other toxic or harmful substances with all-natural ingredients.
The Benefits of Adding a Multi-Enzyme Solution:
• A more sustainable cleaner. Enzymes are readily biodegradable.
• Support for the “compaction” trend. Low volumes of enzymes are required to replace high-volume ingredients such as surfactants and builders.
• Improved performance. The synergistic effect of combining several enzymes results in improved stain removal and overall cleaning beyond what single enzymes and traditional surfactants can achieve.
• Energy-efficient product. Enzymes work well even at low temperatures, allowing wash temperature reductions and thereby energy savings.
• Enzyme cleaners are naturally occurring elements so they are “Planet-Safe.”
What does “Planet-Safe” mean?
SpectraSan’s proprietary, multi-enzymatic products are super-effective, but they’re also “planet-safe”, meaning they won’t negatively affect the environment. Natural occurring enzymes actually digest fats, oils, greases and many other soils, and convert them into hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, which dissipate into the air. So rest assured that while you’re making things cleaner, safer, and brighter in your home, you’re doing the same for your planet.
SpectraSan’s “Hungry Enzyme” cleaning formulations contain ingredients that are naturally occurring. In fact, there are only four ingredients in our products – natural stabilized enzymes, coconut and vegetable based surfactants, natural oil fragrances and dyes, and the safest ingredient of all – your water!
SpectraSan products are never tested on animals. And we make responsible raw material choices by selecting, whenever possible, effective ingredients that are renewable and biodegradable.
SpectraSan’s enzymatic products are known as “planet-safe” because of the biodegradable ingredients and processes used to create them. In fact, we strive to minimize our environmental footprint by using state-of-the-art, energy efficient equipment to manufacture our products, recycling more than 70% of waste generated, and conserving energy and water.
Chemicals in Household Products
Did you know there are more than 3 million poisonings every year? In fact, the Number One cause of poisoning in children is household cleaners, according to Poison Control.
Formaldehyde is one of the largest indoor pollutants in our homes. Potential symptoms and diseases caused by formaldehyde are allergies, cancer, immune system failings, ADD/ADHD and asthma. Products containing Formaldehyde include: antiperspirants, mouthwash, toothpaste, Tupperware, permanent press clothing, floor waxes, furniture polishes, baggies, coffee, wax paper, and paper money.
Phenols are also a major indoor pollutant. Phenols are absorbed by lungs, and skin. Symptoms include caustic burns, kidney and liver damage and hyperactivity. Products containing Phenols include: acne medications, baking powder, computers, TV sets, mouthwash, sugar substitutes, and wallpaper.
Have you ever thought of your home as a toxic waste dump? The average home today contains 62 toxic and un-safe chemicals, more than would be found in a chemistry lab at the turn of the century. More than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since WW II. Less than 2% of synthetic chemicals have been tested for toxicity, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects, or their role in birth defects. The majority of chemicals have never been tested for long-term effects.
In the workplace, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must accompany any product used. The work- place and the outdoors are considered legal environments, while the air in homes is not. So regulations for outdoor air pollution and toxins in the workplace are more restrictive than in the home.
Health Effects of Chemical Exposure
Chemical exposure presents a real danger to you and your family’s health and well being. So why not use safer products in your household? Toxic chemicals found in many of our household cleaners, personal care items and cosmetics are the cause of many health issues.
• Cancer rates have almost doubled since 1960. (National Cancer Institute)
• Cancer is the Number ONE cause of death for children.
• There has been a 26% increase in breast cancer since 1982. Breast cancer is the Number ONE killer of women between the ages of 35 and 54. Primary suspects are laundry detergents, household cleaners, disinfectants, sanitizers, and pesticides. So start using safer products!
Did you know?
• Since 1980, asthma has increased by 600%. The Canadian Lung Association and the Asthma Society of Canada identify common household cleaners and cosmetics as triggers.
• ADD and ADHD are epidemic in schools today. Behavioral problems have long been linked to exposure to toxic chemicals and molds. (Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz, N.D. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine)
• Chemicals are attracted to, and stored in fatty tissue. The brain is a prime target for these destructive organics because of its high fat content and very rich blood supply.
• Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and hormonal problems are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure.
• Chemical and environmental sensitivities are known to cause all types of headaches. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more than 2500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations.
How Good is the Air Quality Inside Your Home?
• A survey conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency concluded that indoor air was 3 to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.
• Another EPA study stated that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.
• CMHC (Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation) and the EPA reports that houses today are so energy efficient that “out-gassing” of chemicals has nowhere to go, so it builds up inside the home.
• We spend 90% of our time indoors, and 65% of that time at home. Moms, infants and the elderly spend 90% of their time in the home.
• The National Cancer Association released results of a 15-year study concluding that women who work in the home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer than women who work outside the home.
• Chemicals get into our body through inhalation, ingestion and absorption. We breathe 10 to 20 thousand liters of air per day.
Brands We Trust
Do you think major cleaning brands are safe? You are sadly mistaken if your answer is “yes!” Products like LysolTM, for example, are even more dangerous than we might think. They contain phenols and dioxin (similar to Agent Orange).
Once more …“Our parents taught us bleach was the smell of a clean home. Doctors now say that is entirely wrong … Dead wrong! “
But bleach must be safe because people have been using products like CloroxTM for years – right? WRONG! When using bleach, antiseptics or chlorine in industrial areas, OSHA requires you to wear impervious protective clothing, hard hats, boots, gloves, apron or coveralls, chemical goggles or full face shield, and you are to use the product only in well ventilated areas. In addition, bleach is required to place the following precautionary terms on the label like – WARNING, DANGER, CAUTION, HAZARDOUS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS, IMMEDIATELY SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE, and more.
Furthermore, there has been a call from the U.S. / Canadian Commission to ban bleach in North America. And according to new research, bleach is being linked to the rising rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men, and learning and behavioral problems in children (ADD/ADHD)
Here is a list of common household products that contain known irritants, carcinogens and/or neurotoxins. Carcinogens are chemicals that cause cancer. Neurotoxins are chemicals that adversely affect the nervous system, reducing emotional well being, mental alertness, coordination and other functions associated with intelligence.
For the record, NTAs (Non-Traditional Agents) were banned in 1970. Lobbying efforts by the three largest cleaning chemical manufacturers in 1980 put them back into home products although many are extremely cancer causing. What are NTA’s used for? Typically to make more suds in detergents to make the end user to think they are getting cleaner results.
A Renowned International Research Team Finds 40% Increase of Adult Asthma Cases in Cleaning Company Employees
“Household cleaners have contributed to the onset of new adult asthma as reported by Dr. Jan-Paul Zock of Barcelona Spain in joint studies conducted at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM), Barcelona, Spain, the Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group, the National Heart and Lung Institute, and the Imperial College, London, in the United Kingdom.
Their findings are conclusive and demand immediate action by the EPA to enforce regulations on the cleaning solutions industry in an effort to help those living with asthma, and prevent asthma from forming in adults.
Since the end of the war in 1944, 85,000 new chemicals have been introduced into the mainstream of American homes with little or no government regulation. And most of these chemicals are found in ordinary household cleaners.
On Sonoran Living, an ABC television program, Dr. Anthony Martin displayed household cleaners and air fresheners that are sold on the supermarket shelves, yet would be required to be handled with a Hazmat suit on Industrial sites, as the chemicals found within them are on the EPA’s “unsafe chemicals list”.
He also showed Renuzit air fresheners and stated “The chemicals used in these products become airborne and are proven to cause liver cancer, breast cancer, and the onset of adult asthma”.
He also stated that the worst place in the United States for poor air quality is inside our homes and is 100% related to toxic household cleaners.
Parents of children living with asthma need to take preventive household precautions to provide a better indoor air environment for their child.
Recent studies of families living with asthma, conducted by the American Lung Association and the American Respiratory Association, have found direct links between household cleaners and the onset of asthma attacks.”
Preventing environmental illness is more effective and much less expensive than treating the symptoms.
Prevention: 80% – 90% effective (Using environmentally-safe products.)
Treatments: 50% – 60% effective
Reduced Packaging Size – Energy Efficient – Cost Effective
“Compaction” is rapidly becoming a trend, led by companies such as Procter & Gamble and Unilever, as well as retailers like Wal-Mart. In this instance, “Compaction” means super concentrated, eco-friendly cleaning products, packaged smaller, and in a way to significantly reduce transportation and inventory costs.
Ounce to ounce, our SpectraSan “Hungry Enzyme”, all-natural, cleaners are …
• Less expensive to manufacture
• Cost less to ship
• Reduce the expenses associated with cleaning up polluted landfills.
These amazing, environmentally friendly products are not only more powerful than traditional toxic cleaning products, but are more effective, do not pollute the environment, and are economical to use.
And even more importantly, SpectraSan’s “Hungry Enzyme” products are safe around children, pets, plant life, and marine life. They truly are … “Planet-Safe!”
Facing a challenging financial climate, an elevated concern on how to protect the environment, and the ever increasing preference by consumers and businesses to use “green” products, detergent formulators and their distributors must adapt to their customer’s needs by offering eco-friendly products that are high in performance, yet safe for people and the planet . SpectraSan’s all-natural, multi-enzymatic household and institutional cleaners provide the safety benefits that our customers, our children, our communities, and our planet deserve.