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How Unilever uses AI to cut petrochemicals out of laundry soap

Heather Clancy of GreenBiz reports on Unilever’s efforts to cut petrochemicals out of its laundry soap.

The C3 Take
  • Unilever is partnering with Arzeda, a Seattle-based company using physics-based computational protein design and machine learning to identify renewable and biodegradable proteins.
  • These proteins and enzymes are naturally derived and are responsible for naturally reactions that could allow Unilever to remove petro-derived chemicals from its products.
  • Unilever has committed to become fully biodegradable by 2030 and net-zero by 2039.

“Arzeda, which raised a $33 million Series B round of venture funding in March 2022, doesn’t just help companies with discovery. It’s also a co-development partner. It has already worked with Unilever to design, engineer and test the enzymes in real-world testing quantities. The next step will be to scale production of the enzymes and help commercialize them. ‘We are getting better and better at the design with every undertaking,’ said Arzeda CEO Alexandre Zanghellini.”

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