Rhamnolipids are a class of biosurfactants that are sustainably manufactured via a fermentation process using European corn sugar as the main raw material. This biogenic, carbon-based process does not require petrochemical feedstocks or tropical oils.
Rhamnolipids are fully biodegradable and offer a sustainable alternative to conventional surfactants due to their biobased raw materials and low toxicological and ecotoxicological profile, per the company. They offer foam-forming properties for use in household cleaners and personal care products such as shampoos and micellar waters.
Johann-Caspar Gammelin, president of Evonik’s Nutrition and Care division, commented: “Our high-performance rhamnolipids are setting a precedent, not only at Evonik, but as part of a broader sustainable chemicals revolution. We are excited to be leading the way with our biosolutions.”