Parfumestoffer i såkaldte miljørigtige plejeprodukter og deres effekt på ferskvandsmiljøet: Fragrances in so-called eco-friendly care products and their effect on the fresh water environment

Monica Hamann Sandgaard, Ida Mathilde Steensgaard & Sigrid Korup Sørensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Chemicals are released to the environment on a daily basis. Potentially, these chemicals can cause a negative e ect on the environment. In this project investigation of the e ect of four fragrances Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, and Linalool on the freshwater environment are carried out. These four fragrances are present in many care products, and are present in the major part of the company Urtegaarden Aps' care products, which are marketed as eco-friendly and as having the most stringent enviormental criteria of the Nordic countries. In this report the relationship between the e ect of the four fragrance's on the freshwater environment are adressed and the markedting by Urtegaarden Aps' is elaborated and addressed. This is done by analyzing the fate and e ect of the four frangrance's when discharged to the freshwater environment, and it is examined whether the fragrances pose a risk when discharged. The risk will be estimated from the substances' risk quotient (RQ), half-life, persistence (P), potential of bioaccumulation (B) and toxicity (T). Data on fate and e ects are obtained from the litterature and databases. Elaboration of Urtegaarden Aps' marketing is obtained through interview with the owner and CEO, Gitte Busck. When assessing RQ and PBT-potential of the four fragrances it is found that Limonene and Geraniol have RQ > 1, why further tests should be performed. Based on the criteria set out in REACH none of the fragrances are classi ed as PBT-substances. When Limonene's potential of bioaccumulation is assessed using the Nordic Swan Limonene is classi ed as being bioaccumulative. Urtegaarden Aps is not focused on whether their products contain fragrances. In terms of frangrances Urtegaarden Aps does not have the most stringent criteria of the Nordic countries when compared to the Nordic Swan and the EU Ecolabel. Focusing on fragrance content it is concluded that Urtegaarden Aps' care products cannot be marketed as being eco-friendly because they cannot be said to be among the best-performing products on the market. Instead Urtegaarden Aps focuses on Organic products and consumer information for which they have stringent rules.

UddannelserTekSam - miljøplanlægning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato6 jan. 2014


  • miljørigtig
  • markedsføring
  • miljørisikovurdering
  • ferskvandsmiljø
  • parfumestoffer
  • Urtegaarden Aps