Diversifying Enzymes for Greener Products

OXIPRO is harnessing the power of novel oxidoreductases for more environment-friendly consumer products

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Enzymes

Oxidoreductases are enzymes that can be used as biocompatible tools to cut energy, water and chemical use in industrial production while improving the quality of the end-products.
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Enzyme development is costly and time-consuming

Comprehensive changes are needed for faster commercial development.
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OXIPRO will speed-up oxidoreductase discovery and development by using efficient computing and the newest biotechnology

At the same time, OXIPRO will promote market uptake of enzyme solutions for greener consumer products by aligning with societal needs and values.
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OXIPRO is developing green and innovative solutions in four consumer sectors, and assessing the environmental impact, carbon footprint and carbon handprint along the value chains.

This will support food and nutrient security, help mitigate climate change, and strengthen Europe’s competitiveness and sustainability.
Oxidoreductases are biocompatible, biodegradable and essentially non-hazardous.
Moreover, these enzymes reduce energy, water, and chemical usage in industry processes.
While developing new consumer products using enzymes, OXIPRO is monitoring its impact on people and the planet.

In OXIPRO, enzymes also facilitate the reuse of wastewater and biomass, thereby supporting the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

Target Industries

OXIPRO is supporting EU industry in four target sectors, prioritising the ones that eco-conscious consumers are most concerned about. Our innovative solutions will improve the sustainability of these sectors. OXIPRO’s technology advancement can then be transferred to other sectors and broader applications.
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Sunscreens

When we go swimming, 25% of the sunscreen we have rubbed into our skin transfers into the water. Sunscreens contain chemicals that threaten marine life by negatively affecting growth, reproduction, and photosynthesis. OXIPRO will replace these polluting ingredients with natural ones, thereby supporting cleaner marine waters and ecosystems.

Textiles

Home textiles production and consumption create considerable environmental, climate and social impacts. With new enzymes, OXIPRO will target steps in cotton processing that will increase wastewater reuse (circularity), and result in significant water, chemicals, and energy savings.

Nutraceuticals

The process of fileting fish gives rise to 50-70% of raw material that is commonly wasted or used in non-food applications. Enzyme-based processes can be used to generate healthy fish protein supplements. In OXIPRO, enzymes will target odours, thus improving consumer acceptance of these products. OXIPRO will support new bio-based and circular value chains based on the use and upcycling of edible biomass.

Detergents

Modern laundering methods save energy by enabling washing at low temperatures. However, the risks of biofilms and potential pathogens on equipment and fabrics require hygienisation procedures using harsh chemicals. OXIPRO targets enzyme-driven hygienisation steps to improve detergent performance, thus reducing the risk of chemical pollution.

Target stakeholders

Whatever your background or sector, OXIPRO aims to benefit everyone. We are adopting a multi-actor approach to speed up solutions, and by engaging with us as a consumer or as a representative from industry, research, or policy, you can help inform the project of different requirements. For the duration of the project, we will host roundtable talks and world cafés, invite you to complete surveys, and organise conferences and training events where you can actively participate. If you would like to engage, or to receive updates, let us know here.