Genetic Engineering (GE) is a huge concern to us, which is why none of our plant-based ingredients come from GE stock such as corn and wheat.
Despite the fact that there is a new cornstarch alternative to plastic we won’t use it because it comes from GE crops.
Is any use of GE justified? While we’re strongly against GE Field Trials, we agree with organisations like Greenpeace that there’s a place for the ethical development of GE in laboratories for the production of medicine such as insulin and for some cleaning product ingredients such as industrial enzymes.
Enzymes - nature’s little helpers. The industrial enzymes used in our dishwasher detergents are not GE organisms but come from a laboratory-controlled process that utilises GE. Many eco-brands use enzymes made this way because there are simply not enough naturally occurring enzymes to fill the demand.
Quick facts about industrial enzymes:
- Using enzymes saves on energy and raw material consumption.
- They're readily biodegradable.
- They're super-efficient cleaners and help reduce the number of chemicals needed to get similar results.
- < 1% in formulation is all it takes to achieve excellent results.
- They enable us to formulate safer dishwasher products with lower alkalinity.
Two ecostore products contain enzymes; our Dish Powder and Auto Dish Tablets and we're proud to say that both products currently carry third party eco labels.
Our Dish wash powder is Environmental Choice certified
(Machine Dishwashing Detergent. License No: 0311100)
Our Dish Tabs carry the EU Flower eco-label
(License No: Dk/15/1)
We’re careful not to use enzymes in any products that are in direct contact with your skin such as laundry products.
Residual enzymes from laundry products can get trapped in your clothing, sheets or underwear which means they are up against your skin day and night and can be reactivated by sweat and moisture.
If the enzymes continue doing the job they were designed for, (removing fats and protein) they may target your skin causing itching, irritation and other allergic reactions.