Eco enzymes –an organic cleaning solution

Eco enzymes –an organic cleaning solution

8:00 AM, 5th November 2016
Beverages is the leading application segment within the global food flavours market.
Beverages is the leading application segment within the global food flavours market.

Beverages is the leading application segment within the global food flavours market.

Can you imagine that the waste from your kitchen can be something more than just garbage? In fact, that garbage can clean your house, your neighbourhood and the entire ecosystem. Just a little effort and coordination can transform kitchen waste into a million dollar eco enzymes industry, which can make this planet a better place to live in.

By Debarati Das

In an age where heaps of garbage is generated each day, can we put it to some good use? Would an organic solution heal us and our planet? And wouldn’t it be surprising to know that such a solution can be formulated from your kitchen dustbin? An organic cleaning solution called the Eco enzymes is fast picking up pace with individual and community efforts for a greener solution.

Earlier this year, when Art of Living organised the World Culture Festival (WCF) on Yamuna floodplains, the major deterrent to the show, which hosted thousands of global participants, was the stinking Barapulla drain, which flowed right beside the venue.

Volunteers resorted to the natural way of cleaning the drain by making over 5,000 litres of eco enzymes and pouring it into the Barapullah drain. Over a period of time, the foul smell reduced and the cattle and birds, which avoided the waters started coming back to the place again. Although debatable, eco enzymes used across the globe, have shown signs of healing the planet instead of hurting it.

What is eco enzyme?

Eco enzyme was developed by Dr Rosukon from Thailand who has been actively involved in enzyme research for more than 30 years. Eco enzyme is a complex solution produced by fermentation of sugar (brown sugar, jaggery or molasses sugar), fresh kitchen waste (fruit and vegetable) and water in 1:3:10 ratio, which is fermented for three months in an air-tight container.

Once ready, it becomes a dark brown coloured liquid with a strong sweet-sour fermented scent.

As an alternative to the cleaning products, the eco enzyme is a natural multi-purpose liquid, which has numerous applications and can be used in homes, agriculture, animal husbandry and many other areas.

At home, right from general cleaner, air purifier, insect repellent, laundry cleaner, car care, organic fertiliser, eco enzymes can be used in several ways at a negligible cost. Its anti-bacterial and antifungal properties can be a natural antiseptic for homes. It removes odour and toxic air released from smoking, car exhaust, chemical residues of household products, etc. The enzyme residue flows underground and eventually purifies the river and the sea. Eco enzymes in different dilutions can be used in several household purposes like washing clothes, washing utensils, cleaning floors, removing grease marks etc.

In personal and pet care, the eco enzyme can be mixed in shampoo in small quantities to reduce the effect of chemicals and give a nice wash.

In agricultural, eco enzymes can be used to reduce the over-use of chemicals, act as a natural pesticide and fertiliser and it can add to the general health of the soil and make it more fertile.

Market dynamics

Cleaning applications industry has a sustainable growth potential, with some country markets increasing at double-digit rates during the forecast period from 2014-2019, as per a report by international market research and management consulting firm, Kline.

While mature markets like Europe and the US represent a large portion of the total market sales, accounting for over $11 billion, developing markets, particularly China, are also not far behind. The Southeast Asia is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 4.7 percent through 2019 while India is forecast to post the strongest growth of almost 13 percent over the same timespan, according to the report.

However, the eco enzymes market is far behind the industry numbers. The reason being, it is still not taken up as a large-scale business model but only as an individual effort.

Kitchen scope to multimillion industry

Making eco enzymes in the house, at an individual level – organic cleaning agents at low cost for personal use, can be possible for people. But higher production levels can be a behemoth task. On the other hand, this can be easily made into an industry on its own, with a little-coordinated  effort at a community level and minimal funding.

Imagine, if all the houses in a neighbourhood come together and gather kitchen waste in a coordinated way to make eco enzymes, the cleaning enzymes can be distributed among all the households. With a more co-ordinated effort, a neighbourhood can start it up as a small-scale business at a local level and share the profits.

With garbage dumping becoming a major issue in cities, environmental groups or NGOs can coordinate door to door collection of kitchen waste to manufacture eco enzymes and then use it for cleaning drains and other water bodies in the city. This would not just bring in a constructive solution for garbage dumping, but will also help to maintain the environment.

Local municipal bodies can make it a law to dump vegetable waste separately so that the same can be used to make eco enzymes, which can be put to use by the sanitation department in various parts of the city.

In villages and rural farming belt, people can be educated about eco enzymes,which can be used in farms as natural fertilisers and pesticides reducing the adverse effects of chemicals on plants and soil.

At a business level, small scale industries can in fact “buy” the properly segregated kitchen waste from various households, hotels, vegetable markets and supermarkets in a much-organised way, manufacture the eco enzymes and sell it to make profits.

With the trend to have a more organic lifestyle, various multinational cleaning agents firms can do the same on a larger scale and sell the eco enzyme products on a much wider platform for customers.

Instead of dumping the environment with garbage and filth, a little-co-ordinated effort and enthusiasm in small neighbourhoods can create a billion dollar market just with your kitchen dustbin.

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