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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. The project will result in the creation of four prototypes of new products – liquid soap, universal cleaner, laundry softener and dishwashing detergent.

Joint industrial research is being carried out to develop new product prototypes. In the period from August till the end of July 2020, SIA “Field and Forest” purchased a vacuum fractionation equipment and carried out herbal water distillation experiments to produce refined floral waters.  Chamomile, spruce, pine, and peppermint raw floral waters were vacuum distilled in the fractionation column to obtain refined floral waters with increased content of active ingredients. Different distillation methods were developed to optimize distillation conditions and to obtain the highest quality refined floral waters.

The certification procedures of Ecocert Cosmos and GACP (Good Agriculture and Collection Practice)  guidelines were finalised were finalised. As a result, the herbal waters produced by SIA “Field and Forest” are now certified as 100% organic according to the Ecocert Cosmos standard. The GACP guidelines cover crop production technologies on field, training for employees, monitoring methodology of alkaloids and allergens on field, a batch identification, and other standardised procedures to ensure quality and traceability of botanical raw material from seed-to-crop.

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).

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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 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.

More about the project here.