The Future of Sustainable Cleaning Products to 2026
Global cleaning products market, retail value $ billion, 2016-2026
Cleaning products have been prioritised in 2020 to combat the virus. This has only restrained temporarily the longer industry trend to reduce their impact on the environment. New products are being developed and marketed on their green credentials, even as homecare sales surge; and leading companies are making solid corporate commitments to cut their carbon footprint.
Smithers’ analysis of 18 detergent ingredients finds that demand will grow fastest for sustainable, surfactants, solvents and polymers. R&D will power much of the future transformation, with multiple challenges still to overcome. The leading ones are:
The adoption of sustainable cleaning products will be fastest in Western Europe. This will be supported by several circular economy initiatives from the EU and a rising call from consumers for products that respect the environment. President Biden’s commitments to address environmental issues will prompt similar changes in the US, once the Covid-19 threat is defeated.
In developing regions, led by Asia and the Middle East wider consumption of institutional and home care cleaners, will naturally increase volumes of sustainable detergents, as they are rolled out across global product portfolios.
For consumers sales developing more sustainable packaging is also a priority for brands. The leading four strategies being pursued are:
The market and technology trends for greener detergents are examined in depth in The Future of Sustainable Cleaning Products to 2026. This is quantified with an exclusive data set segmenting the market by ingredient type, end-use application and geographic region for 2016-2026. This is contextualised further by expert analysis of the green chemistry principles, legislation and market drivers that will define a more sustainable future for the cleaning industry.