Get Ready to Put Bio-Enzyme Cleaners into Action!

April 27, 2022

What if you could use the power of nature to clean your driveways, carpets, laundry, and bathroom floors? You can with Bionetix® bio-enzyme cleaners, a “green” cleaning technology that uses the synergistic power of microorganisms, bio-enzymes, and biodegradable surfactants to clean away waste materials, stains, and odors. Here is a closer look at how they work and can benefit you.

The Power of Bio-Enzyme Cleaners
A defining characteristic of bio-enzyme cleaners is the biological activity of “good” bacteria and the enzymes they produce. Microorganisms are part of nature’s biodegradation cycle. In order to supply themselves with food and nutrients to support their basic metabolic functions, microorganisms produce enzymes that help them digest and consume wastes from the surrounding environment. This same natural mechanism adds power to the cleaning process. By incorporating nonpathogenic “good” bacteria and free enzymes into cleaning products, formulators can direct this natural digestive mechanism against wastes and stains. The action, in turn, helps with odor control by removing the source of the odor. Residual microorganisms left on the surfaces continue to penetrate and digest contaminants even after the initial cleaning.

Where Can Bio-Enzyme Cleaners Be Used?

Bio-enzyme formulations can be added to a variety of cleaning products:

  • Surface cleaners
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Laundry detergents
  • Vehicle washing fluids

Specific end uses include cleaning oil stains off concrete driveways, removing soap scum from bathroom tile, cleaning heavily stained industrial laundry, and solving odor problems on carpets and upholstery. Bio-enzyme cleaners can even be sprayed nightly into kitchen and bathroom sinks to keep drainpipes clean and clear of residual wastes and foul odors.

Bionetix® Bio-Enzymes in Many Forms
Bionetix® bio-enzymatic cleaners come in many forms to make this technology adaptable to your needs. The most straightforward options are ready-to-use (RTU) products such as ECOCLEAN-ALL™ (multipurpose cleaning of hard surfaces, fabric, and drains), ECO-WASH™ (bioenzyme cleaner for washing vehicles), and EN-Z-CLEAN™ (bio-enzymatic laundry detergent). HYGIEA™ concentrates are another option for distributors who prefer to dilute and make their own ready-to-use products. Finally, the ABC Series is ideal for formulators who want to blend a concentrated “good” bacteria base into existing cleaning products to boost the cleaning power of their own formulations.

Whatever your role as formulator, distributor, or end user, there is a bio-enzyme cleaner for you! Contact us today to try these “greener” cleaners for yourself and get ready to put the power of bio-enzymes into action: https://www.bionetix-international.com/contact-us/

Keywords: bio-enzyme cleaners, Bionetix, bio-enzymatic laundry detergent, greener cleaners, surface cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, laundry detergents, washing vehicles, industrial laundry, cleaning oil stains

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It’s Time to Make the Grass Greener on Your Side of the Fence – Naturally!

April 25, 2021

Almost everyone enjoys seeing lush green grass, especially on their own property. One of the drawbacks is that this typically involves routine application of weed killers and synthetic fertilizers. While the aesthetic results look beautiful, the treatment rarely makes lawn owners feel better about their contribution to the environment. Bionetix® changes the whole picture with its natural fertilizers for healthier grass.

How Can You Get a Better Lawn Naturally?

Bionetix® natural lawn treatments harness the biological processes already existing in nature to improve grass health and turf vigor in several ways:

  • Improving water and nutrient absorption
  • Fertilizing the soil with naturally derived nutrients
  • Enhancing the overall growing environment
  • Adding beneficial microorganisms that enrich the soil via better debris decomposition

All these aspects work together to create a healthier grass root and plant even in stressed conditions. Two naturally-derived products in particular combine to make a great turf vigor support team.

ECO-TURF™ + ORGANIC PLUS™ = A Great Lawncare Team!

ECO-TURF™ ORGANIC PLUS™ are similar in many ways, but also different. Both contain humic and fulvic acids, which promote a healthy growing environment and good nutrient absorption. Both ECO-TURF™ and ORGANIC PLUS™ add nutrients to the soil to nourish the grass. Both contain natural surfactants that work as wetting agents to promote the uptake and efficient use of water even in dry conditions, thus reducing the stress of drought on plants. Altogether, these characteristics enhance root formation and plant growth by giving the grass the resources it needs to thrive.

ECO-TURF™ has an added advantage in that it contains 75 million CFU/g of beneficial bacteria that work as a microbial powerhouse to improve the condition of the soil. This “biofertilizer” promotes the decomposition of debris in the soil, making the soil richer and promoting more vigorous turf through bioaugmentation. ORGANIC PLUS™ is an excellent companion to support the process by providing additional nutrients and biostimulants that enhance bacterial activity, encourage the uptake of nutrients, and deliver other natural benefits to the soil and grass. ECO-TURF™ and ORGANIC PLUS™ can be used separately to naturally support lawn health, but they are even more powerful as a lawncare team together.

Who Can Benefit from Natural Lawn Amendments?

There are many potential people and places that can benefit from these two naturally derived lawn treatments. Professional lawn care companies can please their clients –  homeowners, businesses, and housing associations – by promoting healthy, vigorous grass. They can also have the upper hand on other lawn care service providers by emphasizing their reliance on natural treatment methods that may reduce the need for other chemicals. Sod farms stand to benefit by promoting a more vigorous, thicker crop with balanced growth. The same technologies can be used at the golf course on greens, fairways, or in the rough where lush grass is an integral part of the golfing experience. Even those tasked with sports fields maintenance can help the soccer or football field thrive by choosing these natural lawn amendments. The products are simple to apply by mixing with water and spraying thoroughly over the grass. ORGANIC PLUS™ should be applied every five days. ECO-TURF™ should be applied every two to four weeks and can be used in both warm and cool seasons.

It’s Time to Improve Turf Vigor

With ORGANIC PLUS™ and ECOTURF, there is essentially no reason why you cannot make the grass greener on your side of the fence. Even better, with the support of these two products, you can do so naturally and feel good about what you are putting into the environment. Contact Bionetix® today for further assistance to get the grass growing greener on your side of the fence: https://www.bionetix-international.com/contact-us/

Keywords: Bionetix, natural fertilizers, healthier grass, natural surfactants, nutrient absorption, humic and fulvic acids, biofertilizer, bioaugmentation, biostimulants, lawn care, sod farms, improve turf vigor

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How to Choose the Right Bionetix® Rx for a Cleaner, Healthier Environment

Deciding to use biological technologies to clean up is a great first step in choosing a “greener” path to waste treatment and environmental or institutional cleanup. However, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. A tailored approach is the best path to success because it tackles contaminants more directly and efficiently to make the most of your treatment efforts. The following questions will help you choose the right prescription for your application.

Question 1: What Industry Do You Work In?
Bionetix® biotechnologies are versatile enough to cover a broad range of industries:

  • Waste Treatment
  • Industrial & Institutional Clean Solutions
  • Agricultural Treatments
  • Animal Feed
  • And more!

Each industry has its own common waste and cleanup problems with a range of specialized biological treatments already in place from which to choose.

Question 2: What Is the Main Problem?
Is your grease trap overflowing? Are your drains clogged? Is your wastewater system out of balance? Are you looking for odor control solutions? Identifying the main problem will help your Bionetix® representative understand the situation and narrow down the type of treatment and product format needed.

Question 3: What Kind of Contaminants Are You Dealing with?
This question is especially important because of the nature of bioaugmentation, which involves adding “good” bacteria to speed up the decomposition of wastes in the target application. Some bacteria are better at producing enzymes that digest oils and greases, and others are better at digesting starches or specific chemicals. For example, if you are dealing with industrial waste from a chemical company, you may want to choose a product like BCP11™ that is suited to target chemical waste. If you are treating manure, you will probably want BCP80™. When cleaning hard surfaces, BCL5000™ is the best choice for cleaning up hydrocarbons, while ECOCLEAN-ALL™ is better for organic fats, oils, and greases. Many more product offerings exist correlated to specific types of industrial contaminants.

Question 4: Do You Want a Ready-to-Use (RTU) Product or a Concentrate?
In many situations, it is easier for distributors and end users to simply order Bionetix® biologicals in final RTU form. However, if you are a product formulator or have other shipping or application parameters to take into consideration, a concentrate could be the best option. Choosing the right Bionetix® prescription is an important decision to make, and we are here to help. Contact us to discuss the answers to these questions and make the right prescription for your application: https://www.bionetix-international.com/contact-us/

Keywords: cleaner environment, healthier environment, waste treatment, environmental cleanup, biological treatment, bioaugmentation, Bionetix, good bacteria, cleaning up hydrocarbons, odor control

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NEWS ALERT: Meet Us in Amsterdam for ‘Green’ Cleaning Solutions!

In just a few weeks, our Bionetix® International team will be making its way from different parts of the world to Amsterdam for the ISSA INTERCLEAN convention. Known as “The World’s Leading Tradeshow for Cleaning and Hygiene Professionals,” this gathering is a great place to renew old relationships with Bionetix®/Cortec® representatives and also make new connections in the cleaning industry.

In a day when society is looking for “greener” cleaning options, Bionetix® biotechnology is especially relevant as an alternative to harsher chemicals. Our bio-enzymatic cleaners change the way you can attack a cleaning job, by adding the power of bioaugmentation into the formula. Whether you are a cleaning product distributor or formulator, INTERCLEAN is a great opportunity to learn more about how these cleaners harness natural processes by introducing good bacteria and free bio-enzymes to digest unwanted grease and grime and boost cleaning power.

Our team of experts will include our inhouse chemist from Bionetix® International headquarters in Canada. We will also have representatives from the US, Croatia, and Italy. This is a rare opportunity to have this diverse team together in one spot. Come with your bio-enzyme cleaning, formulating, and distribution questions and prepare to get business done with a group of specialists who are normally not in one place all at the same time!

ISSA INTERCLEAN 2022
May 10th-13th, 2022
RAI Amsterdam
Europaplein
1078 GZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Booth # 02.405

Register now: https://www.intercleanshow.com/amsterdam/

Keywords: ISSA, Interclean, bio enzyme, bio enzymatic cleaners, green cleaners, bioaugmentation, cleaning professionals, Bionetix, green cleaning solutions, cleaning industry

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PRESS RELEASE: Microbes and MICRO 14™: Don’t Underestimate the Power of Little Things for a Healthier Environment

Healthy microbial activity is one important key to a healthy environment. Microbes are an important part of the biodegradation process that breaks down waste materials into harmless substances or improves the richness of organic material for plant growth. However, these microbes will only be as healthy as their available nutrition allows them to be. Just as humans sometimes need to take vitamins and supplements to make up for nutrients lacking in their diet, microbes can sometimes benefit from a healthy nutritional supplement, too. Such is Bionetix® MICRO 14, a special blend of 14+ ingredients including minerals, vitamins, and microbial growth elements. MICRO 14™ can be used to stimulate the activity of existing microorganisms as well as those that have been added via bioaugmentation, thus speeding up beneficial natural processes in a variety of environments.

MICRO 14™ for Agriculture
While some commercial fertilizers have a few minerals in addition to nitrogen and phosphorous, none of them contain all of the compounds (such as cofactors and vitamins) that bacteria require for complete growth. In contrast, MICRO 14™ contains a full range of micronutrients, as well as cometabolites, natural growth factors, vitamins, and key amino acids to promote excellent growth. The health of soil microbes directly affects the health of the soil as microorganisms break down organic materials to improve the overall condition of the soil and, in turn, the health of the crops growing therein.

Manure and Compost Management
MICRO 14™ can also be used around the farm in manure pits and compost heaps. These waste materials are collected and left to decay into nutrient rich fertilizer and soil amendments. However, sometimes the decomposition process needs an extra boost. MICRO 14™ can help stimulate microbes in compost or manure to biodegrade the waste more quickly and potentially with less odor, especially if used in conjunction with bioaugmentation.

MICRO 14™ for Bioremediation
Soil bioremediation is another critical environmental cleanup process that relies on the activity of microorganisms to, for example, biodegrade hydrocarbons that have spilled or leaked into the ground. Naturally occurring microorganisms eventually degrade pollutants over a long period of time, so bioaugmentation with “good” bacteria that target petroleum waste is optimal. Adding MICRO 14™ can help these supplemental or existing bacteria be more active and get the
decontamination job done sooner by providing all the micronutrients needed for healthy microbial growth and activity.

MICRO 14™ for Enhanced Wastewater Treatment
Wastewater treatment also depends on tiny microbes to break down waste materials. Often, pre-existing bacteria is enough to do the job, but sometimes cool weather makes the microbes sluggish, or shock loading of waste material makes it difficult for the microbes to keep up with biodegradation. Once again, a good dose of MICRO 14™ can help existing or auxiliary microorganisms function more efficiently to speed up the waste treatment process in the secondary digester or lagoon system, or to stimulate biogas production.

Whatever the case may be, MICRO 14™ is a great supplement to nourish those microscopic but significant microbes constantly at work to enhance the soil, treat wastewater, and generally clean up the environment to the best of their ability.
Contact Bionetix® to discuss specific application needs: https://www.bionetix-international.com/contact-us/

Keywords: microbial activity, soil bioremediation, bioaugmentation, Bionetix, wastewater treatment, manure and compost management, environmental cleanup, commercial fertilizers, agriculture, plant growth

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PRESS RELEASE: Harnessing Nature’s Biological Processes for Cleaner Pond Water

A common problem for ornamental ponds and fish farms is dirty water with a high amount of sediment and sludge buildup. This occurs as organic waste such as dead leaves, grass, or fecal matter accumulate. To make matters worse, a nutrient rich environment from fertilizer runoff (nutrient pollution) supports the growth of algae in the water. One problem adds to another, often leading to an oxygen-starved pond that smells bad, looks bad, and is unhealthy for fish. Bioaugmentation with BCP54™ is one exciting strategy to combat this problem by harnessing nature’s own biological processes.

Good Bacteria to the Rescue

The success of BCP54™ lies in its blend of aerobic and facultative anaerobic bacteria that work in high or low oxygen conditions. The underlying technology—bioaugmentation—involves adding microorganisms to the pond environment to speed up the decomposition of unwanted materials. The “good” bacteria present in BCP54™ produce amylase, lipase, cellulase, and protease—four enzymes involved in the digestion of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and other organic compounds found in organic waste residues. The microorganisms consume organic wastes and excess nutrients to support their metabolism and reproduce in proportion to the level of contaminants available as a food source. The end result is a cleaner, clearer, healthier pond environment.

Counteract Nutrient Pollution

One of the exciting benefits of BCP54™ is that it can be used to naturally counteract algae growth without the use of algaecides. This is because BCP54™ goes after the heart of the algae problem: nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution occurs when excess nitrogen or phosphorous enter the waterways. This is typically due to the heavy use of fertilizers. The same nutrients that make grass grow rich and green and healthy can run off via rainwater into a pond, where they provide a rich food source to support a healthy population of algae. BCP54™ counteracts this problem by competing for the same nutrients that algae feed on. The microorganisms in BCP54™ consume nitrogen and phosphorus, reducing nutrient pollution and giving algae less reason to grow.

Other Benefits of BCP54™ Bioaugmentation

The bacteria of BCP54™ also take care of other water quality problems by reducing organic waste, sludge, ammonia, and various toxins that create bad odors and murky ponds. BCP54™ can potentially reduce higher pH and help suspended solids settle. All these advantages are especially beneficial for aquaculture
applications (e.g., fish and shrimp farms) where there is excess organic waste from fecal matter and food particles and a natural tendency 
toward higher levels of ammonia. Such an environment stresses aquatic species’ health; emits bad odors; and requires extra time and labor to drain, clean, and refill ponds at the end of the production cycle. A weekly dose of BCP54™ boosts biological processes to reduce the level of contaminants and suspended solids for important savings of time and effort in the long run.

BCP54™ in Action

But how does BCP54™ actually work in the field? Before deciding to use BCP54, it is helpful to take a closer look at the experience others have had to evaluate whether this biotechnology is worth trying. Results are exciting. In one case, a fly-fishery in Wales experienced an unprecedented algal bloom and a high level of suspended solids in April, threatening the loss of the fishing season that year. The client started adding BCP54™ to the water in May with some benefit that
suddenly backtracked in warmer weather at the beginning of June. He upped the dose and had clean water by the end of the month, but he was worried about how the lake would do in the heat of July. However, his fears proved unfounded as the water stayed clear, July fishing was the best it had ever been at those temperatures, and fish mortality dropped by 60%. In another case, a fish farm in Brazil did a trial of BCP54™ in conjunction with AQUA-FEED™ (a probiotic added to fish food). AEROBOOSTER-O2™ was also added at one point during the rainy season to boost oxygen levels. In the end, the treated pond had better fish production, odor control was excellent, and there was no need to discharge water contaminated with fish waste and clean out the tank at the end of the production period.

Achieve Cleaner Ponds and Fish Farms Naturally

BCP54™ is a natural way to clean up dirty, contaminated ponds for better aesthetics and a healthier aquatic environment. Microorganisms perform an important function simply by consuming the nutrient rich contaminants that support their natural biological processes. This promotes water clarity and, by extension, the health of the fish or shrimp that live in the ponds. BCP54™ is available in three forms: BCP54™ (standard 5 billion CFU/g powder), BCP54-20B™ (high concentration 20 billion CFU/g powder), and BCP54T™ (2 billion CFU/g tablets for dosing convenience).

Contact Bionetix® for assistance selecting the best version for your application: https://www.bionetix-international.com/contact-us/

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Keywords: cleaner pond water, ornamental ponds, fish farms, aquaculture, pisciculture, nutrient pollution, bioaugmentation, odor problems, Bionetix, water quality

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NEWS ALERT: Safety and QA Training Boost Bionetix® Proficiency and Quality

April 13, 2022

The focus at Bionetix® is on cleaning up the environment safely and naturally. As an extension of that, we want what’s best for our customers and employees, too. For this purpose, we take time now and then to check in with each other as a team and discuss what we can do to improve our processes for better quality and safety.

During one brainstorming session, our team found ways to improve production speed and also reduce the risk of quality issues on final products made from high viscosity raw materials that are difficult to pump out of their containers. By working together to figure out a solution, the team discovered that the use of specially designed
heating blankets would speed up production while also improving employee safety and the quality of final blends.

Another time, the team discussed the challenges of working with raw material powders in large quantities. As part of a Q&A session, the group evaluated which types of masks are needed to block fine particles of raw materials, which, although good for the environment, still need to be handled responsibly by those who work with them all the time.

Most recently, Bionetix® managers met with the head office to review processes related to shipping and handling, QA testing, and product mixing and blending. This training and consultation session helped us put sound steps in place to move forward in our goals of continual improvement to achieve the highest level of quality and customer satisfaction as we work together for a healthier environment for the benefit of us all!

Contact us to learn more about our biological cleaning and environmental cleanup products: https://www.bionetix-international.com/contact-us/

Keywords: Bionetix, cleaning up the environment, quality and safety, customer satisfaction, continual improvement, Bionetix quality, environmental cleanup, biological cleaning products, Bionetix QA training, bioaugmentation

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CASE HISTORY SPOTLIGHT: Bionetix® Case History #16: Sludge and Odor Reduction at Meat Packing Plant

The sludge collected from wastewater at a Southern Ontario meat packing plant was causing odor and handling problems. The sludge was thick and hard by the time it had to be emptied each week from the holding tank, and neighbors complained about the odors resulting from pumping. To address the problem, the plant emptied the tank and then began a continuous feed of diluted STIMULUS™ and a daily dose of BCP80™ into the sludge before it reached the tank. Water was drained out of the tank two to three times per week until the water was no longer clear.

The tank did not require pumping for three weeks after the treatment started. When it did occur, the sludge was much easier to handle. Odor significantly improved and neighbors stopped complaining about the smell. The entire year’s treatment paid for itself in just a few months by reducing hauling costs. Odor reduction also had the unmeasurable benefits of reducing manpower and increasing goodwill in public relations with the surrounding area.

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Keywords: sludge reduction, odor reduction, meat packing plant, odor problems, sludge problems, Bionetix, wastewater, public relations

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