Tide® and NASA have signed a Space Act Agreement to develop laundry detergent solutions and technology development in space that could have on-planet implications like innovative solutions for resource and environmental challenges on Earth. Tide will also be looking for off-planet learnings to bring back to everyday consumer products.
To face the challenges like water availability, converting that wash water back into drinking water and ingredient safety and compatibility with NASA life support systems, Tide’s deterget is fully degradable, and designed to solve malodor, cleanliness and stain removal problems for washable items used during deep space missions. It can also be used in a close-loop water system. In 2022 ISS National Laboratory and SEOPS, and “Mission PGTide” (P&G Telescience Investigation of Detergent Experiments), will be on a cargo launch to ISS with teams to test the stability of cleaning ingredients under microgravity conditions and exposure to the radiation levels experienced in space.
“Humanity has reached a pivotal point where on one hand, we’re on the exciting cusp of space colonization, and on the other, facing a critical period where action must be taken now to save the planet we all call home“
P&G North America Fabric Care SVP, Aga Orlik, said: “This partnership was created to rethink cleaning solutions, forcing us to rethink innovations for resource-constrained and challenging environments like the ISS, deep space and even the future of our home planet. We are eager to apply our learnings from our partnerships with NASA and the ISS National Lab to Tide on Earth, developing a low-resource-use laundry solution for everyday use while meeting consumer demand for more sustainable products. Humanity has reached a pivotal point where on one hand, we’re on the exciting cusp of space colonization, and on the other, facing a critical period where action must be taken now to save the planet we all call home. The collaboration with NASA and the ISS National Lab are particularly exciting because it allows us to push the bounds of resource efficiency to its absolute limit, uncovering learnings with practical applications for both the future of laundry in space and here on Earth.”
ISS National Lab Acting Chief Scientist, Dr. Michael Roberts, said: "The ISS National Lab is excited to work with the P&G team once again as they push the limits of their research and development onboard the orbiting laboratory. Through private-sector utilization of the space station, companies like P&G can conduct investigations in ways not possible on Earth to develop new consumer products, enhance existing products, and better understand processes that further business models both on the ground and in low Earth orbit. We look forward to this first investigation of Tide in Space and hope that many more will soon follow."