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In August 2019, the Latvian organic farming company SIA “Field and Forest” and the largest Estonian household chemical company “Mayeri industries” AS started joint work on the development of new liquid cleaning and personal hygiene products. They will be based on herbal water as a natural fragrance.

As people’s awareness of climate change and the need for sustainable land management practices increase, there is a growing societal demand for locally sourced products. SIA “Field and Forest” and the company “Mayeri Industries” AS continue to work on the development of new liquid household cleaning and personal hygiene products, based on herbal water, which acts as a natural fragrance. The project will result in the creation of four prototypes of new products – liquid soap, universal cleaner, laundry softener and dishwashing detergent.

Organic water will be obtained from locally grown medicinal and aromatic plants – chamomile, calendula, mint, lemon mint, pine, spruce, and others using a vacuum fractionation system. The creation of such a raw material will replace synthetic chemicals and valuable freshwater resources, which are currently incorporated in large quantities into liquid household cleaning and personal care products.

For the development of new products, the partners are carrying out industrial research and experimental development activities. In the period from October 2019 to March 2020, SIA “Field and Forest” tested various technological solutions for obtaining herbal water and evaluated the chemical, physical and microbiological properties of the raw material to be incorporated in the formulations of new products.

About the companies

Mayeri Industries is the largest manufacturer of washing and cleaning products in the Baltic States. The target market for our products is the Nordic region. We believe that the washing and cleaning products can be produced without affecting the natural environment negatively. Mayeri Industries AS has the biggest laundry washing product portfolio with EU Ecolabel in Europe.

SIA “Field and Forest” is a certified organic agriculture company operating since 2005. It cultivates, harvests and processes organic crops, medicinal and aromatic plants. SIA “Field and Forest” is one of the largest organic chamomile growers and producers in the Eastern Europe. The company’s research activities are aimed at increasing genetic diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants, development of new plant cultivation methods and added-value products, and collection of traditional knowledge through ethnobotanical expeditions.

Development of new liquid cleaning and personal hygiene products based on herbal water as a natural fragrance was co-funded by the Interreg V-A Estonia-Latvia Cross Border Cooperation Program (project identification number EST-LAT 128, Herbal Waters).

This article reflects the views of the author. The managing authority of the Interreg V-A Estonia – Latvia programme is not liable for how this information may be used. 

More about the project here.