On 31 May 2021, the joint project of the Latvian organic farming company SIA “Field and Forest” and the largest Estonian household chemical production company “Mayeri Industries” AS on the development of new liquid household cleaning and personal hygiene products was completed. As a result, four prototypes and experimental batches of new products have been created – liquid soap, all-purpose cleaner, fabric softener and dishwashing detergent, based on plant water as a natural fragrance.
Given the impact of climate change and land management practices on the environment and natural resources, as well as on human health and quality of life, there is a growing societal demand for natural, locally sourced products. The newly created products use herbal water produced by SIA Field and Forest, which is obtained from local plants – chamomile, peppermint, pine and spruce. This project is an important step in building and strengthening cooperation between the partners, bringing new knowledge, expanded network, greater cross-border cooperation capabilities and a deeper understanding of the Estonian and Latvian markets and business culture. 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. 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.