Efficiency with a low cost. This is the reason why most cleaning products are full of chemicals. Aside from the environmental problems, our health, as well as animals’, suffer the consequences. We use them on a daily basis and we are still not fully aware of its risks. Home or industrial cleaning, Ozaclean offers a range of organic cleaning products. The brand, based in Canada, has earned many certifications and is the first one using such an innovative technology: a patented enzymes mixture.
We interview Samuel, founder of Ozaclean THE most innovative organic cleaning products. He explains what are the ingredients we should avoid when purchasing cleaning products, the consequences on our health and the environment… and he also reveals the technology behind the brand. We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did!
What was the tipping point for Ozaclean to start the organic cleaning product brand?
Ozaclean is a company that provides eco-friendly cleaning products manufactured in Canada by a Canadian Company named Ozymes Inc. The purpose of starting Ozaclean is to spread the culture of green cleaning especially when we see the numerous health and environmental problems that we face when using chemical cleaners.
What is the mission of the organic cleaning products brand?
The mission of the brand is to offer a secure solution which is able to replace chemical cleaning products.
What does a cleaning product need to be eco-friendly and organic?
The products should have natural criteria (solvent-free, neutral pH…) and should be composed of biodegradable products that will not harm the health and the environment.The products should have natural criteria (solvent-free, neutral pH...) and should be composed of biodegradable products that will not harm the health and the environment Click To Tweet
What are the most common side effects for the environment when using cleaning products that everyone should know?
There are many effects on the environment when we use cleaning products, but mainly it is the production of greenhouse gases, aquatic toxicity and pollution, especially with recalcitrant substances.
And when it comes to our health, what are some of the most common diseases originated by the toxicity of the cleaning products? How do these manifest for humans, so they are aware of the illness or side effects?
When it comes to human or animal health, the main issues are that the contact with harmful substances in household products, namely carcinogens, are endocrine disruptors and the substances have toxic effects on reproduction. Also, you can develop allergies, aside from irritating your eyes, nose and throat.
We are preparing a detailed blog post about toxic effects of cleaning products and we will publish it soon, this is an interesting article about the dirty truth in chemical cleaning products.
Why most of the cleaning products are full of chemicals?
Cleaning products are full of chemicals in order to reach efficiency with a low cost.
Cleaning products are full of chemicals in order to reach efficiency with a low cost @Ozaclean1 #ecofriendly #organic #toxicFree Click To Tweet
What sort of chemicals and components are the most harmful to our health and/or the environment and everyone should be aware of?
There are many but as examples, I can name some harmful chemicals like Ammonia, benzene, Cresol, phenol, glycol ether, ethoxylates of nonylphenol and nonylphenol, formaldehyde, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene, perchloroethylene… and the list goes on!
There are few certifications the brand has earned, could you please name them and explain to us what are the features required to get this kind of certifications?
Our products have earned many certifications, namely:
- Biodegradable according to OCDE 301E
- Eco-friendly verified
- Health Canada approved
- Validated effectiveness according to the General Standards Board (CGSB (F) 2-GP-11M)
- Non-toxic to aquatic life
- And we are progressing to get ECOCERT certification.
Could you please explain what is the kind of technology are you using to create the cleaning products, and how different is it from other brands that use chemicals?
All our products are manufactured by Ozymes which uses an innovative technology based on a patented enzymes mixture (patent number US9752131). Thus, our products meet high-efficiency standards for industrial and domestic cleaning. They ensure safety both for users and environment.
What kind of eco-friendly cleaning products does Ozaclean have and what are the most common ingredients we can find?
We have products for many tasks for homes and industrial cleaning:
- Home cleaning: kitchen cleaners, bathroom cleaners, floor cleaners, degreasers, pet stain removers, carpet cleaners,…
- Industrial cleaning: degreasers, metal cleaners, concentrated cleaners, rust removers, car cleaners,…
Our enzymatic mixture and some bio-surfactant are the most common ingredients. The percentage of each ingredient changes depending on the application.
What type of surfaces or materials can we get clean with the Ozaclean range of products?
We can use Ozaclean products on many types of surfaces and materials, from hard surfaces such as floors, wood, glass, walls, metal… to soft surfaces like carpet, couch, bedding and other kinds of materials.
In regards of your packaging, is it recyclable or do you offer options to refill for example?
The packaging can be recycled and can be used many times.
What have been the challenges of creating an organic cleaning products brand?
We are the first company which offers this kind of products which is 100 % Canadian. Our technology is very innovative and we need many efforts to install the culture of organic cleaning products because currently most of the users would get a product with high efficiency but without knowing their negative effects.
How do you find the competition in the current market when it comes to cleaning products?
The competition is really hard in the cleaning products market. However, in the green cleaning market in Canada, a few numbers of brands exist in contrary to the U.S. market. I think that the real problem is how to convince people of the risks they are encountering daily with the use of chemical cleaners.
You are based in Canada, how does a social entrepreneurial venture look like there? Do you feel there’s a change happening in the country?
I think that in Canada the creation of your enterprise or small business is very encouraged and there are many ways provided by the government to help businesses. In fact, many Canadians have chosen to create their own businesses. However, to be successful as a business owner is not easy and not for everyone, and that’s why we are working hard to launch successfully our new company.
What has been the greatest success of the brand so far?
I think the greatest success is the certifications that we obtained for the products and the U.S. patent obtained recently for the technology used to manufacture the products.
In addition, Ozymes has many collaborations with different local companies here and we are trying now to offer our products in international markets. For example, we are trying to find business partners in US and we started selling our products online there using our website and amazon.com.
Is there any advice you’d like to give to other businesses trying to make a difference for good?
Be patient and believe in yourself and your products and try to add value by providing solutions to real problems. Don’t think only to earn money, provide products that will not harm the future generations because it does not make sense to earn money while destroying the place where we live.
If you could write a message on a big wall that the entire world could read, what would it say?
Now for the future
Finally, where can we find you? Shops, online, worldwide…?
On our website, you can find all our products and interesting articles about green cleaning and live in general. We offer to your readers a 50% discount on all our products until August 31st by using the coupon OURGB50.
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