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Dispersa transforming food waste into biosurfactants

June 5, 2022 | By Monica Ferguson

Dispersa is scaling the world’s first waste-derived biosurfactants for greener cleaning and personal care products.

Surfactants are the active components in detergents, creams, and hand soaps. Most are currently manufactured from petroleum or palm-oil. Biosurfactants replace these conventional surfactants. Dispersa aims to further reduce the environmental impact and cost of these key ingredients.

Dispersa recently launched PuraSurf, its first biosurfactant product line for the cleaning and personal care market. Active client partnerships are underway with major cleaning product companies based in Canada.


To produce biosurfactants, microbes must be fed various materials like oils and sugars. Dispersa has developed a proprietary process, BioEterna, that converts food waste into circular biosurfactants.

“From the beginning, it has been our priority as a cleantech start-up to develop green ingredients in a green manner,” said Nivatha Balendra, founder and CEO, Dispersa. “We crafted our process based on circular economy principles, to reduce our dependence on natural resources such as palm or petroleum. By instead valorizing the abundance of food waste around us, we can ensure that neither affordability nor sustainability are compromised for one another.”


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