The benefits of our biodegradable cleaning products
Philosophy and commitment
The benefits of biodegradable cleaning products offered by Biovert are many! Having a low impact on the environment, our laundry products, all-purpose cleaning products, dishwashing products and hand soaps are also safe for your health.
And because we believe that it is always possible to do more, Biovert also has a sustainable development policy, to publicly commit to constantly improve its environmental, social and economic performance.
Sustainable development policy
At Biovert, we believe that our desire to minimize the impact of human activity on the environment must be reflected not only through the development and commercialization of our eco-friendly cleaning products, but also in all the behaviors we adopt.
In this perspective of sustainable development, Biovert is committed to ensuring that the benefits of its biodegradable cleaning products are perceptible at different levels.
For consumers, who today face a proliferation of logos and environmental claims, it is important to distinguish between self-declared environmental and official logos related to reliable and verifiable certifications. Biovert is committed to staying transparent and providing peace of mind by certifying each of the environmental benefits of its products to the highest environmental standards.
Life cycle analysis
In 2009, Biovert began a long-term process aimed at reducing its impact on the environment: the completion of the life cycle analysis (LCA) of each of its products. LCA quantifies the impacts and identifies the sensitive life-cycle stages of a product where improvements can be made. Since a complete and detailed life-cycle analysis requires a considerable investment of time and a lot of data collection, we initially targeted the simplified LCA of containers for our eco-friendly products. This study is conducted in conjunction with CIRAIG, an internationally recognized group of experts in the field.
It compared the environmental impact of a reference product (the Biovert 1.4 L laundry bottle) with different packagings and formats for this same product (laundry) by considering four indicators: human health, the quality of ecosystems, climate change and resources.
Here is a summary of the results of the study:
The most important environmental impact reduction product is the 2L refill bag, even if the bag, made of several layers of plastic, can not be recycled in the existing installations in North America for the time being. Why ?
- Because the refill bag is much less bulky, once empty, than a plastic bottle. It takes 13 trucks to carry the same number of empty bottles as one truck of empty bags. The transport of empty bags thus emits 92% less GHG than the transport of empty bottles.
- Because making the refill bag requires 64% less plastic than making a bottle of the same size. Moreover, if we consider the use of a refill bag to fill the hand soap bottles, by buying a bag rather than 6 or 7 300 mL bottles, the consumer reduces its consumption of plastic by 87%!
Biovert has therefore greatly reduced its environmental impact by recently launching its 2L hand soap refill bag. To learn more about the concept of life cycle analysis, visit the CIRAIG website.
Recycled material in bottles and labels
The labels on the bottles, all made from FSC-certified paper, contain 30% post-consumer recycled fiber.
Why not aim for packaging made from 100% recycled materials?
The physical properties of the bottles vary depending on the percentage of recycled resin. At present, bottles containing 25% recycled material pass all engineering tests, but some uncertainties remain with higher percentages.
As for labels, again there is a question of physical properties. For example, during the printing stages, the clarity and precision obtained on high recycled content labels are slightly lower than the standards that must be met for printing the barcode.
In both cases, technological advancements are likely to increase or even eliminate the limits, and improvements will be made in the short to medium term.
The choice of containers oriented towards the reduction of impacts
At the design stage of a container, various aspects aimed at reducing environmental impacts are taken into account. After a year, dozens of trucks will not have to travel thousands of kilometers and tons of greenhouse gases will have been avoided.
The plastic material used for making bottles is selected so as to obtain a container as thin as possible, which reduces the amount of plastic required.
Biovert now offers you the Environmental Value for all its ecological cleaning products. Available on all Biovert packaging, this unique and exclusive tool will help you make more informed and responsible purchases by informing you about the content and benefits of Biovert cleaning products.
By reading the Biovert Environmental Value, you can ensure that you have in your hands not only a product that respects the environment and your health, but also a cleaning product whose packaging is environmentally friendly. Indeed, many efforts are being made to reduce the ecological footprint of Biovert containers.
The environmental value indicates the percentage of each of the ingredients typically used in the formulation of a specific product.
For example, the “optical brightener” is found only on the environmental value of laundry products because only them are likely to contain such an ingredient.
This explains why the environmental value of Biovert ecological cleaning products differs from one product to another.
Environmental research and development
Since discoveries and technological advances in the field of the environment are multiplying every day, Biovert has its own Research and Development department to remain a leader in the field of eco-friendly and biodegradable household cleaning products. By hiring its own experts, Biovert ensures that it retains control over the quality and benefits of its cleaning products, while constantly being on the lookout for new products and improvements that could be made to its environmental products.
Moreover, in order to engage in a real sustainable development approach, the company has recently created an Environment Department whose mandate is to ensure that all strategic decisions of the company take into consideration various environmental aspects. For this purpose, the Environment Department carries out an assessment of the potential environmental impacts of all submitted projects. Over the next few months, it will carry out the following activities:
- Life cycle analysis of products and packaging
- Management of R & D in environment
- Quantification and reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs)
- Internal environmental management
- Management of environmental communications