Glucosagreen – Technology
GlucosaGreen® is the world’s first commercially available glucosamine produced by a revolutionary, patent-pending direct fermentation process technology.
This technology is expected to revolutionize the global glucosamine market. This extremely efficient technology effectively addresses the challenges inherent in chitin-derived shellfish production, the most important being environmental pollution.
According to TSI’s CEO Joe Zhou, “The direct fermentation manufacturing technology that supports GlucosaGreen is considered ‘disruptive’ since it effectively addresses and offers efficient solutions to all of the challenges inherent in shellfish derived chitin production processes. The GlucosaGreen process is a totally transparent, fully traceable, cost effective and an environmental-friendly solution for brands and ultimately the consumer.”
Instead of using shellfish as the raw material, GlucosaGreen’s starting material is glucose. The glucose is derived from an easily available vegetable source; non-GMO corn.
From here, the fermentation process uses a patented micro-organism as a processing aid. The technology very efficiently transforms glucose into glucosamine. GlucosaGreen is a proprietary ingredient, with a global patent.
Advantages of GlucosaGreen®
The key advantage of Glucosagreen is that by utilising this innovative technology, we are able to produce glucosamine, to the same high-quality standard as shellfish glucosamine, but without damaging the environment. The process to manufacture glucosamine from shellfish requires a huge amount of chemicals and this in turn generates vast amounts of toxic waste water.
GlucosaGreen® only generates 10 metric tons of waste water to produce 1 metric ton of Glucosamine HCl, or approximately only 2% of shellfish derived Glucosamine waste. This small amount is easily treated in our facility for environmental protection.
The manufacturing process requires a lot of inputs to generate glucosamine, and also produces waste byproducts. As you can see by the input and waste byproduct graphs below, GlucosaGreen® truly is the environmentally responsible glucosamine choice when compared to other glucosamine alternatives.
GlucosaGreen is available in many salt forms to meet a range of requirements
GlucosaGreen is also available in a selection of formats, including powders with an array of particle sizes, and exclusive DC granules which are used to make premium tablets via direct compression.
Shellfish GlucosamineCurrently, nearly all the global supply of glucosamine is derived from shellfish. However, this model has many disadvantages and deep-rooted deficiencies.
To produce 1MT of Glucosamine HCL, you need:
- 2,000kg of chitin
- 5,000kg of NaOH
- 17,000kg of 30% HCl
This process generates 450 – 460 metric tons of waste water with a PH of 5.5, COD of 8500mg/L. It is energy intensive, inefficient and is causing much harm to our planet.
Citric Biomass / Aspergillus Niger Glucosamine
The other method used to produce glucosamine is derived from using the biomass from aspergillus niger. This is a fungus that has an outer shell rich in chitin similar to what is found in crustacean shells. This has traditionally been used for people who are allergic to shellfish or who follow a vegan diet. However, it also has significant deficiencies and comes at a high cost to the environment.
GlucosaGreen vs Traditional Glucosamine
Reduce Solid Waste
Produces Less Harmful Gases
Put it in perspective
Regulatory Compliance and Quality
Shellfish manufacturing severely impacts the environment due to excessive waste outputs from the chemical manufacturing process.
- The current shellfish model is destructive and harming our planet.
- China produce over 90% of the world’s glucosamine. Due to the high amount of waste water generated, lack of treatment capability and capacity, and high costs to treat such vast amounts of waste, this has been directly dumped into the environment for over twenty years and still continues today.
- The environmental damage is vividly evident in the surrounding areas of shellfish glucosamine manufacturers, with constant polluted water, acid fog, and corrosion of surrounding buildings.
Due to the environmental damage that manufacturing has caused in China, the Chinese government has been enforcing stricter environmental protection policies since 2016. These policies have been felt across many industries, with some factories having to close because they do not have proper treatment facilities. The manufacture of glucosamine is a typical example, with hundreds of small and medium size factories having to shut down recently. While this new focus on the environment is a positive step towards a more sustainable global future, it has left many industries facing heavy price increases and uncertain, fragmented and unreliable supply chains. With GlucosaGreen being derived from a readily available vegetable source, and manufactured via environmentally-friendly methods, consumers and brand partners can be reassured of a stable, high-quality supply of glucosamine.