"The world needs new surfactants that do not use palm or palm kernel oil and fossil sources, but focus on local and sustainable raw materials."
-Nicklas Nørgaard, CTO at NorFalk
First, the crude oil is drilled from the subsoil, after which it is processed through energy-intensive processes into platform chemicals.
These chemicals are then used as raw materials for the production of surfactants.
Palm tree plantations between 2000 – 2010 have alone accounted for 2 million ha deforestation which accounts for 1.8 billion tons CO2 equivalents of greenhouse gas emissions (2).
Deforestation and establishment of palm plantations leads to destruction of some of the most biodiverse areas in the world. New alternative raw materials, as well as sustainable technologies to produce surfactants, are in short supply.