What the difference between Officina naturae line detergents and Solara ones?
As the most of eco-friendly or organic detergents, the Officina naturae detergents are formulated by using the Coconut oil as the main source for several ingredients. Searching endlessy for the most sustainable product, we wondered if it could be possible to obtain the same molecules from an Italian oil. After more than a year of research, we were able to obtain some ingredients suitable for the production of detergents, extracting them from Olive and Brassica oils.
Solara products are formulated using Italian vegetable oils, limiting the use of Coconut and Palm oil.
Here are the strong points of the new line:
Short production chain ingredients
Italian raw materials, easily available at a short distance, which growing, processing and transportation have a low environmental impact. The vegetable raw materials are selected so that their production is not damaging for those lands fit for food growing.
Money-saving and concentrated formulas
The new special concentrated formulas make these detergents efficacious at lower dosages than the Officina nature’s ones. Thanks to low doses, the cost of every single washing is able to compete with the equivalent of traditional products.
Certifications and tests
All the products are ICEA Eco Organic/Eco Detergents certified, so they guarantee a low environmental impact and an equal efficacy in comparison to a traditional product. Those products which come in contact with skin are dermatologically and nickel tested.
Respect for animals
All products are Vegan OK standard-compliant.
And what is the reason of this new Officina naturae line?
We already excluded to use oil-derived surfactants for their obvious ethical and environmental problems but was it possible to make it better than that?
For a long time we wondered how environmentally sustainable was to use only surfactants derived from Coconut oil, so we analyzed its production cycle.
Before becoming a raw material to use in detergent or cosmetic formulas, Coconut oil has to be processed in this way:
• coconuts are harvested in far countries;
• Coconut oil is extracted and processed;
• this oil is packed and stocked;
• then it is transported along about ten thousands miles;
• at the end it is transformed in a raw material to use in detergents and cosmetics.
So we asked ourselves a series of questions.
How much Coconut oil is really still vegetable when it arrives in Europe for its processing?
How much oil (or petroleum) is consumed for producing a single vegetable molecule, in all those several steps of the processing, transforming or at the end of its very long journey?
So Solara – the first line of eco-friendly Officina naturae detergents with short production chain ingredients - was finally created.
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Salve, ho preso i vostri detersivi bio su sorgentenatura e volevo farvi i miei complimenti, mi sto trovando benissimo. Li ho presi perchè con la nascita della mia bimba cercavo qualcosa di più naturale. Per il momento ho provato sia quello per la lavatrice che quello per la lavastoviglie, entrambi ottimi. Al prossimo giro penso proverò anche altri vostri prodotti. Grazie e continuate così :)
Solara mi pare sia un bell'approccio a produzioni "km 0" (per dire col minore impatto ambientale derivante dal trasporto), ma come cittadino (GAS) è possibile accertarsene - per esempio con una visita ai vostri laboratori e ai vostri produttori italiani? Grazie!
Officina Naturae's reply
Buongiorno e grazie, il suo commento ci dà modo di spiegare che la documentazione di provenienza delle materie prime da origine italiana è depositata presso un ente certificatore terzo (ICEA) che verifica periodicamente la tracciabilità degli ingredienti con ispezioni presso il nostro polo produttivo. Senza queste certificazioni noi non potremmo dichiarare sui nostri prodotti la provenienza a “Km 0”.