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Firm to refine algae for making cleaning products

, May 21, 2020

Origin by Ocean, a Finnish company specialising in algae processing technology, is tackling the Baltic Sea eutrophication problem with an innovative solution. The company wants to refine algae into bio-based raw materials that can be used in novel ways in detergent products and cosmetics.
 
Kiilto, a Finnish company that develops chemical industry solutions, and Origin by Ocean plan to launch entirely new and versatile products that include ingredients refined by Origin by Ocean from Baltic Sea algae. 
 
“Origin by Ocean is a startup with an innovative and responsible business idea. We aim to double the amount of secondary raw materials in our production by 2022, so from a product development viewpoint cooperation like this, which is opening up entirely new avenues, is extremely interesting and inspiring,” says Kiilto’s RDI Director Oili Kallatsa.
 
Meanwhile, Mikael Westerlund, Origin by Ocean founding member and Chief Business Activist, says: “This partnership with Kiilto is entirely new for us and proof of how well our offering suits hygiene and cleaning products, among others. Demand for bio-based raw materials for such products is growing steadily around the world. Kiilto’s strong commitment to sustainable development and the environment is an excellent starting point for our cooperation. 
“Kiilto is continuously launching new products that are more environmentally friendly than before. This is our opportunity to work together with a big player and provide everyone living around the Baltic Sea with the benefits of the circular economy. Hopefully, we’ll soon be doing the Baltic Sea a favour when doing the dishes with Kiilto detergent.”
 
Ville Solja, Kiilto’s Chief Business Development Officer says Kiilto Ventures is continuously seeking ambitious and creative partners that share their values. “We believe that, with our long experience and networks, we are in a good position to develop Origin by Ocean’s operations in terms of product development and otherwise.”
 
Origin by Ocean’s vision is to create a business ecosystem based on Baltic Sea algae in Finland, to help solve the eutrophication problem by commercially profitable means.  Its algae-based products are suitable for food, cosmetic and medicinal products. Finland’s first algae bioprocessing plant is scheduled to run at full capacity in 2025.
 
Kiilto is a 100-year-old Finnish family company that is creating wellbeing from cleanliness and building a sustainable future, taking both people and the environment into account. It develops, manufactures and markets chemical industry solutions in four business areas: construction, industrial bonding solutions, professional hygiene, and consumer products.
 
Kiilto operates in 11 countries and employs 1,000 people. In 2019, Kiilto’s turnover was about €222 million ($243.5 million). Kiilto Ventures seeks innovations outside its core business by creating and engaging in cooperation with startups. –Tradearabia News Service



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