One ingredient that has become a mainstay in bio-based cleaning technologies is methyl soyate, which is derived from soybean oil. The properties of soy chemistry are very flexible and can be used in all sorts of applications; such as lubricants, adhesives, plastics and solvents. On the opposite end of the spectrum are chemicals made from petrochemicals, which are harmful from an environmental standpoint.
There are five popular product categories in which soybean solvents can be used instead of petrochemicals. These categories are:
Recently, several more products and applications have been commercialized that have proven to perform as effectively as the original petrochemical-based products.