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Team Sirius wishes very much strength to all those who fight in her or his way against the Covid-19 virus and its consequences.

Value Chain

01 Jul 2020

The Sirius Effect: Supply lines were critically tested these past few months.  Thanks to our good relationships with both our manufacturers and our customers, we were able to keep ours open.  Building a robust supply chain is about more than just making sure people meet deadlines, though… One of the business lessons to be drawn… Read more

100% Bio PEG

04 Jun 2020

The Sirius Effect: Why?  The most fundamental question can direct us to paths that we wouldn’t have considered otherwise. Rethinking the way we’ve always done things can lead us down greener paths, and to avenues we’ve never thought were possible. In life, there are certain inevitabilities, death and taxes being two of the most famous… Read more

Micro Crystalline Cellulose

05 May 2020

The Sirius Effect: “Going with the flow” is a metaphor for accepting things as they are, adapting to circumstances as you find them.  We are all adjusting, or trying to adapt to, the new circumstances required to live with the new coronavirus.  We can’t know what the future will demand, only that flexibility, and the… Read more

Pimping Powders

03 Apr 2020

The Sirius Effect: This past month we have seen—tragically—how something as insignificant as a minor cough can become an international health crisis. But we have also seen people coming together and helping each other in ways that are as surprising as they are beautiful.  And this is why we will continue to do what we… Read more

Sustainable Palm Oil

06 Mar 2020

The Sirius Effect: Palm kernel oil forms a major component of modern surfactants.  Unfortunately, the sustainability of the source of these oils is problematic-but the solution could be closer than we think, if we’re willing to get a little…dirty. Palm oil and palm kernel oil are everywhere.  They find their way into a vast array… Read more

Climate Change

03 Feb 2020

The Sirius effect: Sirius is always looking for a cleaner, greener way to do things.  The result is always something that makes a difference to the planet, even if there is no difference for the consumer. Climate change it’s the biggest crisis that we’re facing as a planet. The year 2019 was the second hottest… Read more

Granular anionic surfactants

06 Nov 2019

The Sirius Effect: Sirius International offers microgranular formulations of solid anionic surfactants – the essential ingredient of any efficient powder detergent. As the microgranules have an irregular shape, they don’t cling to each other. Moreover, these particles are much larger than dust, so they get less airborne. Our microgranulates form free-flowing powders which are much… Read more

100% bio-based surfactants

08 Feb 2019

The world we’re living in is rapidly changing which puts us, its inhabitants, at a challenging position. We have a significant impact on the future of this planet and yet, we sometimes neglect its needs. Sirius International takes seriously the duties we have due to the characteristics of our industry. To make sure the next… Read more

Does “green” clean?

03 Dec 2018

Eco, bio, organic – all those trendy green labels were overused in the past couple of years in order to boost the sales of a certain cleaning product and silence the environmentally friendly population. But what does green actually mean? This term is supposed to be used for cleansers which have no harmful effect on… Read more

Dirt is good

03 May 2018

The hygiene hypothesis first became mainstream about fifteen years ago, when the rise in eczema, asthma, and allergies became noticeable to the public.  The hygiene hypothesis, as the public grew to understand it,, was that we were “too clean”: that we were weakening the immune systems through our fear of germs and needing to sterilize… Read more

Freeflowing, non-irritating granules

06 Apr 2018

Sometimes, there are problems that you never realized were a problem until a solution comes along: the I-Phone, for example, and the rise of touch-screens. Or a way of making bacon slightly healthier. They don’t necessarily have to be big problems – but the right problem, solved in a clever way, can make all the… Read more

100% Vegetable surfactants

14 Mar 2018

The more we know, the harder it can seem to do the right thing: “Don’t Litter” campaigns abound the world over, but just because the trash finds its way into the proper receptacle doesn’t mean it’s no longer harmful. As we are now beginning to appreciate, plastic trash often ends up in the oceans, where… Read more

Most effective bleaching

02 Jan 2018

In laundry detergents, low-temperature bleaching is made possible thanks to activating agents that convert the peroxy acid precursor into the active peroxy acid. Cold-water bleaching is energy-efficient, saving people and companies money, and helps to reduce one’s carbon footprint by lowering the amount of energy required to heat water. NOBS is active at lower temperatures… Read more

Dermatology

01 Dec 2017

Skin is the largest organ in the body. It forms a critical barrier between the contents of our bodies and the outside world. But damage to the skin, whether due to physical trauma or innate sensitivity, can render the barrier ineffective. Eczema is a relatively common skin complaint; in its mild form it is little… Read more

Fragrances

01 Nov 2017

When it comes to cleaning agents, performance is critical. Cleaning agents are a careful mix of detergents, builders, enzymes, dispersants, and other chemicals designed for the sole purpose of getting rid of dirt. But scent – a quality that has no tangible bearing on performance – is arguably even more important for consumers than cleaning… Read more

Translucent Soap Noodles

10 Jun 2017

Summer is the season for being outside. The sun and the fresh air are wonderful, but for kids, it also means getting dirty, playing in sandboxes, and melting popsicles that leave a sticky film everywhere. Anybody who has a young child knows that a) they get their hands into everything, and b) getting a kid… Read more

Carboxy Methyl Cellulose

10 Apr 2017

Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) is everywhere. This versatile product has applications in various industries, from mining to paper manufacturing to food. Its primary characteristic is its capacity for binding water, and by extension, everything dissolved in the water.  As its name implies, it is comprised of cellulose, except that carboxymethyl groups have been substituted in place of… Read more

Liquid Optical Brighteners

17 Mar 2017

Artists have long known that colors are not what they seem. Light and dark is not simply a matter of adding black or white to a color, but also a matter of adding contrasting color. For example, when painting an orange,  yellow can make a area look lighter, while a touch of blue can give… Read more

Enzymes

21 Feb 2017

When it comes to the environment, most people think big: wind farms, acres of solar panels, shrinking CO2 emissions by the ton.  But one of the biggest changes in the way the world works today is small – on the molecular scale.  Enzymes are essential for life –they break up hydrogen peroxide (an important germicide… Read more

Cold Wash Activation

13 Jan 2017

There are numerous advantages to using cold water for cleaning: it saves energy (and therefore money), offers commercial benefits when it comes to being perceived as “green”, prevents wear-and-tear on the fabrics, and it gets rid of dirt just as well as hot water.  However, there is one aspect in which hot water is supposedly… Read more

Brilliant ideas

13 Dec 2016

Most of us are familiar with polymers as a fancy name for plastic, but these molecules are everywhere. Whether they are natural (starch, latex, proteins) or created in laboratories (Styrofoam, Cellophane), they are an integral part of the chemistry of life. The continual development of new polymers is one of the ways that chemistry continues… Read more

Ethoxylated fatty alcohols: easy on fabric, skin, and budgets

27 Oct 2016

Ethoxylated fatty alcohols (EFA) are used as surfactants in liquid detergents. As their name suggests, they are comprised of a hydrophobic carbon chain that is attracted to dirt, and a hydrophilic ethoxyl group that pulls everything into the water and out of the laundry. Because they are electrically neutral, EFAs are exceptionally gentle cleaners. The… Read more

Biodegradable anionics: breaking down the chemicals or the environment?

21 Jul 2016

Sirius specializes in providing biodegradable compounds used to make detergents, cosmetics, and hygiene products. While legislation introduced by REACH and local governments limits the use of chemicals that are toxic to the environment, we’ve realized that this is not enough.  Harmless chemicals that cannot be broken down can also adversely affect the environment; for instance,… Read more

Anionics: sophisticated sulphur

01 Sep 2013

Sulphur is found abundantly in our nature and far beyond; as minerals in the earth’s crust, oceans and even in meteorites. Sulphur is as well a part of acid rain as it is of the amino acids in the human body. Canada is the worlds largest exporter of sulphur and China is its biggest importer…. Read more

Alkyl poly glucosides: constructive degradability

01 Feb 2013

Just like all surfactants also Alkyl Poly Glucosides consist of two parts: an hydrophylic head and a hydrophobic tail. The head mixes with water and the tail mixes with dirt (fats and so forth). With Alkyl Poly Glucosides (APG) both parts are sustainable; made from renewable raw materials. The hydrophylic head is made from glucose… Read more

Soap noodles: clean hands

01 Jan 2013

Soap noodles are raw materials for soap bars and for washing powders. They can be adjusted to meet your demand; softer, harder, transparent, dissolvable noodles. First it is necessary to roughly understand the ingredients of soap noodles: o Palm oil (C16-C18; basis stearic acid) o Palm kernel oil (C12-C14; basis lauric acid) mostly in ratio… Read more

Biosurfactants: green but experienced

01 Nov 2012

Green, environmentally friendly and biological manufacturing is not at all new. Humanity used to be completely in harmony with nature, even one wit hits environment. By all sorts of technical inventions the distance between man and nature seems to have grown larger, but from natures viewpoint, the distance has never decreased. We still get ill… Read more

Palm oil products: in the palm of your hand

01 May 2012

Palmoil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil form the source of food (margarine, potato chips), personal care (cleansing, cosmetics) and fuel (biodiesel, green Electricity). A negative application which fortunately does not exist anymore is in Napalm (a mixture of Naphtenate and Palmitate) during the 2e World War. Palmoil and palm kernel oil Palmoil and palm… Read more

Soap noodles: an East-West Soap Opera

01 Nov 2010

Soap Noodles are the base of soap bars; their appearance is literally like short thick noodles, which can be extruded into soap bars of any colour and shape. Soap Noodles can also be the builder of washing powders. Soap Noodles are mostly made from the fatty acids in coconuts. When speaking of common Soap Noodles… Read more

Toilet Rim Blocks: Quick and Clean

01 Oct 2010

Although they are usually look down on, toilet blocks must perform a tough duty. They clean, disinfect, freshen up and avoid lime scale build-up in toilets. Toilet blocks consist of: Anionic surfactant, for example Alfa Olefin Sulfonate which actually cleans Bleach agent, for example Sodium Percarbonate, which oxidizes organic dirt Anti Scaling agent, for example… Read more

Anti foaming: how to release entrapped air

01 Jun 2010

What is foam? As every child can tell, bubbles form when you move your hand through water. As soon as washing water is mechanically moved, bubbles are formed, that usually disappear quickly. When surfactants are dissolved in the liquid, they stabilize the bubbles to become foam. With their (+, – or polair) charged parts, the… Read more

Fatty alcohols: from palm oil to clean wool

01 Apr 2010

It is spring time; time for sowing and planting, so we can harvest in time. Wool and fine clothing are taken from the closets again. Time for more understanding of the raw materials used in cleaning such fabrics. Fatty alcohols are a combination of long hydrocarbon chains (at least 8 carbon atoms –C-) and an… Read more

Hand sanitizers: we hand hygiene to you

01 Mar 2010

Hand sanitizers are a guaranteed successful support of every product line. Yes, also yours. The Mexican flue, a denomination against which the Mexican ministry of Foreign Affairs should have assertively objected straight away, has led to a stricter care for hygiene. At every public washbasin one can still read the instructions about how to extra… Read more

Thickeners: cleaner through thick and thin

01 Feb 2010

  Liquid detergents are on the rise. They are easy to administer to surfaces and to stains before putting fabrics into the washing machine, and easy to administer into machine and manual dishes. But the liquids should not be too thin; it is easier to dose gels than water. And that is where thickeners come… Read more

Household Cleaners: easy does it?

01 Dec 2009

Household cleaners are bought for their clour, smell and power. They are a consumer product pur sang. No invisible powders stacked away in cardboard boxes, but clear liquids in photogenic, often transparent handy bottle. Household cleaners primarily combat greasy dirt. Contrary to laundry- and dishwashing detergents, which have to dissolve different kinds of stains (grease,… Read more

Fabric softeners: Hard to get

01 Oct 2009

As we described before, Fabric Softeners make your laundry: feel soft anti-static less wrinkled smell fresh Chemically, Fabric softeners are long fatty chains connected to positively charged ions of Ammonium; Quaternary Ammonium compounds, shortly called “Quats”. History Chronologically, the fabric softener inventions were:  Clays, like bentonite clays have a layered structure; the layers hold… Read more

Enzymes, jigsaw players par excellence

01 Jul 2009

Enzymes are proteins with a catalytic function. A catalyst starts or facilitates a chemical reaction without being consumed itself. In our bodies many enzymes play a role; in the digestion they break down nutrients (to begin with in our saliva). Other enzymes help form the building blocks needed by our bodies. The enzymes themselves are… Read more

Biodegradable anionics: breaking down the chemicals or the environment

01 May 2009

We are in the business of cleaning fabrics, surfaces, and of adding functionality to cosmetics. But while creating hygiene and beauty, we do not want to soil the environment at the same time. Health and safety laws, most recently REACH, are there to avoid toxic or otherwise dangerous chemicals to enter the environment. But even… Read more

Soap Noodles A fresh Spring Cleaning

01 Mar 2009

Soap is the oldest detergent. Officially, it is an anionic (negatively charged) surfactant, made by the reaction of fat and lye (sodium hydroxide, NaOH, caustic soda). The fat can be animal (tallow) or vegetable, so soap can be animal based or vegetable based. This reaction of fatty acids and alkaline lye is called saponification. There… Read more

Ethoxylated Fatty Alcohols: mild for fabric, skin and wallet

01 Jan 2009

Fatty alcohols are hydrophobic; water repellent. To make a surfactant molecule out of fatty alcohols one side should hold a hydrophilic group. Like this, dirt can dissolve in the fatty part, while the hydrophilic group maintains contact with the water; the principle of washing. Contrary to negatively charged cleaners (anionic surfactants) and positively charged cleaners… Read more