Japanese consumer care giant Lion Corporation is to partner a local research agency to jointly develop more environmentally friendly household products such as detergents and soaps.
The multinational company inked a research collaboration agreement with an institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) yesterday. Under it, Lion Corporation will use molecular technology designed by A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) to develop greener and safer household products.
For instance, instead of killing germs with commonly used chemical biocides - which become pollutants when they re-enter the environment - an all-natural polymer will be used. This will also help prevent the growth of biocide-resistant bacteria in the long run.
Lion Corporation director and executive officer Toshio Kakui said: "A*STAR's IMRE... has a good reputation and has collaborated with a variety of companies around the world.
"Lion is confident that this research collaboration... will lead to an enhancement of Lion's own technological capabilities and development of innovative products."
Both organisations are looking to set up a joint laboratory at IMRE where its scientists can work with Lion Corporation on the project.
IMRE's executive director Andy Hor said it was a "wonderful opportunity", adding: "People know Lion because their products penetrate almost every household. "This is how we see the benefit of research in polymers and gels - shaping lives and improving living."
The development of the new formula is expected to be completed by the second half of next year, A*STAR said.
Business consultant Jennifer Lee, 31, said it was "good to hear" that the firm is looking to develop greener household products. "I also hope they will also look into the packaging of their products to minimise wastage."
This article was published on May 20 in The Straits Times.
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