The incredibly versatile soybean already has broad applications, and we’re only just tapping its potential (visit the About page to learn more about soybeans). Airable Research Lab has explored formulations for soy-based products from soaps to sanitizers. Check out some of our recent projects below, and contact us if you’re interested in pursuing these or other soy-based innovations.
One of the most commonly used polymers, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) benefits from the use of sustainable additives. Torrefied soybean hulls can serve as a cost-efficient feedstock for increasing HDPE’s toughness and biodegradability.
The pandemic has escalated demand for hand sanitizer, prompting our team to develop one made from high oleic soybeans. Proper cleansing requires a two-pronged approach: destroying germs and keeping skin hydrated. Our sanitizer does both.
High Oleic Soybean Oil Soap
With the onset of COVID-19, the importance of disinfection prompted the Airable team to develop a liquid soap made with high oleic soybean oil. The oil leaves the hands feeling soft and moisturized, even after repeated washings. High oleic soybean oil’s emollient properties are derived from oleic acid, whose structure is very similar to that of the oils in our skin.
Airable Research Lab has synthesized a soy-based wax that can replace carnauba wax in formulations. Carnauba wax is sourced in Brazil, presenting not only supply chain issues but also a history of environmental and social implications. Furthermore, carnauba wax usually includes synthetic chemicals, often petroleum-based. Airable has produced a bio-based, locally and ethically sourced wax that can be used for home DIY products and industrial applications.
Conditioners are important for maintaining leather goods, but most leather conditioners on the market today include petroleum. Depending on the grade, crude-oil-based ingredients can dry out the leather, and petroleum of any quality has a negative environmental impact. Airable Research Lab has formulated a soy-based leather conditioner that can extend the life of leather products. This eco-friendly treatment is as effective as its petroleum-based competitors.