The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are of central importance in the development of society and the protection of the environment. Detergents, due to their daily presence in the lives of people and companies, can contribute to this sustainable growth and protection.

In this article, discover which SDGs exist and what role each one plays. Finally, you can check the impact of upcycling detergents and their contribution to some of these development goals.

What is the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals?

Countries belonging to the United Nations (UN) joined, in 2015, the 2030 Agenda, which establishes 17 Objectives with some targets to be met. It addresses the socio, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

These goals have global action plans with different purposes related to poverty, inequalities, climate change, peace and justice. In other words, the 17 SDGs present a comprehensive perspective:

  • Show an overview of all countries;
  • They are based on values ​​such as respect for human rights;
  • They address issues such as sustainable financing, scientific research, innovation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • It presupposes the strengthening of health systems worldwide.

In this way, these 17 principles aim to contribute to a world with more justice, equality and sustainability, allowing us to respond to current needs without compromising those of future generations.

Furthermore, they aim to contribute to greater social cohesion and a healthy society with equal opportunities for all.

What do the 17 Objectives consist of?

With distinct but complementary scopes, the Sustainable Development Goals aim to:

Eradicate poverty

Eliminate extreme poverty and reduce the number of people in need. Here, the objective is to have inclusive economic growth with sustainable jobs.

Eradicate hunger

Ensure that everyone has a nutritious, quality diet. At this point, there is also a fundamental focus on agriculture.

Quality healthcare

Ensure well-being and a healthy life for all citizens, reducing mortality and epidemics and ensuring access to health services.

quality education

Allow all people to have quality education, with equal opportunities to access education, at affordable prices.

Gender equality

Eliminate any discrimination against women and girls and strengthen equal rights and opportunities.

Clean water and sanitation

Allow everyone to have access to this resource in a potable way, as well as sanitation and hygiene.

Renewable and affordable energy

Enable universal access to energy services at affordable prices, invest in renewable energy and improve energy efficiency.

Decent work and economic growth

Maintain economic growth, achieve high levels of productivity and create policies that support decent employment and innovation.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Develop and modernize quality infrastructures, invest in sustainable industrialization and greater efficiency in the use of resources and processes.

Reduce inequalities: encourage income growth for the poorest population, equal opportunities and social, economic and political inclusion.

Sustainable cities and communities

Safeguard inclusive and sustainable access to housing, basic services and transport. Furthermore, it aims to reduce the negative impact on cities.

Sustainable Production and Consumption

Implement sustainable management, efficiently use natural resources and reduce food waste.

Climate Action

Include measures in policies and invest in educating the population on the topic of climate change.

Protect Marine Life

Reduce marine pollution and sustainably protect marine and coastal ecosystems. It also takes into account the regulation of resource extraction;

Protect Earth Life

Ensure the conservation and recovery of diverse terrestrial ecosystems.

Peace, Justice and Effective Institutions

Certify access to justice for citizens and strengthen institutions.

Partnerships for the Implementation of Objectives

Obtain resources and partnerships for sustainable development.

What is the contribution of upcycling detergents to the Sustainable Development Goals?

Upcycling means reusing what would otherwise be discarded to transform it into a product with a new function.

This means that transforming used cooking oil into detergents with a low environmental impact is upcycling. Upcycling detergents differentiate themselves through several points, such as:

  • -50% extraction of natural resources: we reduce the extraction of resources for the production of products;
  • Recovery of waste: taking into account that one liter of used cooking oil contaminates up to one million liters of water, by using this waste to create new products we protect thousands of liters of water from contamination;
  • Renewable use of resources: through the circular economy, we reuse ingredients and packaging and reduce the use of primary resources.

Impacts of upcycling detergents

In all EcoX actions and products we take into account the Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Quality healthcare: products without dangerous chemicals, which prevents contamination and pollution of air, water and soil;
  • Quality education: carrying out training and transmitting knowledge and information about products, cleaning techniques and sustainability topics;
  • Drinking water and sanitation/ Protect marine life: as the oil does not mix with water, it creates a layer over it and hinders the entry of light and oxygen into the aquatic environment. One of the ways to avoid water pollution is to correctly recycle used cooking oil to be transformed into cleaning products;
  • Renewable and accessible energy: detergents are produced in a Portuguese factory that has 542 photovoltaic panels, which allow the production of clean energy in a sustainable way;
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure: through innovation in technology and science, we have developed a formula that allows us to avoid removing raw materials from the environment to produce new products. Instead of removing it, it gives new life to waste produced by people and companies: used cooking oil;
  • Sustainable cities and communities: we avoid the damage that cooking oil causes on public roads and reduce CO2 emissions that result from the extraction of raw materials;
  • Protect terrestrial life: used oil, when discarded incorrectly, can cause communicable diseases, cause the death of marine species, pollute the water table and harm plant growth and increase global warming.

If you want to try all the products that meet the Sustainable Development Goals, try upcycling detergents and contact us if you have any questions.

Author: Daniela Matos