Development of “DECOAM” Eco-Friendly Detergent that Minimizes Eutrophication

Betsy Guadalupe Vasquez Orihuela, Karol Adriana Gallardo Rodríguez, Jose Vladimir Cornejo Tueros

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During the First and Second World Wars, there was a significant increase in wastewater from animal and vegetable fats treated with newly produced detergents. However, these detergents are still conventional and contain in their composition chemical and harmful compounds that affect the aquatic environment. Faced with this problem, it was proposed to develop a biodegradable detergent with low concentrations of phosphorus and nitrogen to minimize eutrophication. The “DECOAM” detergent was made with organic products, its main component being orange peel, which replaces the surfactants contained in conventional detergents. In order to contrast the efficiency of the eco-friendly detergent with conventional detergents, two dirty garments (covered with mud and ash) were washed, one with the conventional detergent and the other with the biodegradable detergent, where both garments were impeccable. Immediately afterward, the samples of each wastewater were taken and the results obtained from the laboratory were: the wastewater from the conventional detergent had the following concentrations: pH (11.15), T° (12.8 °C), Conductivity (11 550 uS/cm), Phosphorus (4. 310 mg/L) and Total Nitrogen (20.24 mg/L); and for the wastewater from the eco-friendly detergent “DECOAM” were: pH (7.01), T° (12.5 °C), Conductivity (448 uS/cm), Phosphorus (0.316 mg/L) and Total Nitrogen (<1.00 mg/L). Finally, it was concluded that the biodegradable detergent has the same efficiency as the conventional detergent in removing the dirt; on the other hand, the concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen were significantly lower compared to the conventional detergent, thus reducing eutrophication in the surface water bodies.

Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
Título de la publicación alojadaEnvironmental Science and Technology
Subtítulo de la publicación alojadaSustainable Development - International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
EditoresZeng Yang
EditorialSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
ISBN (versión impresa)9783031274305
EstadoIndizado - 2023
Evento13th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, ICEST 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duración: 21 oct. 202223 oct. 2022

Serie de la publicación

NombreEnvironmental Science and Engineering
ISSN (versión impresa)1863-5520
ISSN (versión digital)1863-5539


Conferencia13th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, ICEST 2022
CiudadVirtual, Online

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