The Science

Whole Earth Laboratories, Inc. specializes in Bioactive Cleaning Technologies that incorporate live, naturally occurring microorganisms. These organisms, when precisely blended into various consortiums, are able to rapidly degrade and clean a wide variety of common soils.


Blends are available that are specifically formulated to easily and quickly clean: Bathrooms, Commercial Kitchens, Waste Water Infrastructure, Office Buildings, Carpets, Tile and Grout and a wide variety of other areas of concern.


Microbes came into existence on Earth nearly 4 billion years ago. For the next 2 billion they were the only life form. The study of DNA shows that life began only once and that all subsequent life evolved from microbes. They always were and still are the dominant life form on Earth. They are everywhere - in areas where no other life form can exist. Moreover, they exist in amazing numbers. For example, there are more microbes in the human body than human cells. Microbes are highly diverse; they include bacteria, fungi, algae, plankton, etc. Like every living organism, microbes need food, and different microbes thrive on different foods. For example, some bacteria digest Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG), while others digest petroleum or manure. Given microbe’s central position on Earth, it should be logical to use their abilities to eliminate waste (bioremediation) rather than using harsh, and often toxic, chemicals. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.  Whole Earth Laboratories’ family of bioremediation products, including Drain, Floor and Hard Surface Cleaners, Degreasers, Grease Trap Treatments, Sewage or Manure Digesters and Pond Products, use naturally occurring BioSafety Level 1 microorganisms.  They break down Manure, Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG), Urine and many other organic compounds into carbon dioxide and water utilizing a well-known metabolic process called the Krebs Cycle.  The Krebs Cycle, also known as the tricarboxylic acid cycle, was first identified in 1937 by Hans Adolf Krebs.The Krebs Cycle is a metabolic process present in every aerobic organism and utilizes oxygen to create chemical reactions at a molecular level. Essentially the cycle is part of the cellular respiration process that converts the compounds of fats, proteins and carbohydrates into usable energy in humans, animals, and plants. During this complex cellular process, the organic chemicals and oxygen convert to produce energy, carbon dioxide, and water.  Bacteria use this process to produce energy and certain strainscan be introduced into specific systems to produce a desired outcome. Bacteria are relied upon at most municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) to digest organic wastes in water prior to filtration and chlorination.The specific bacterial species used in Whole Earth Laboratories’ products can be introduced into or onto sinks, floors, drains, lakes, lift stations, compost, interceptors or grease traps where organic materials cause problematic or underperforming conditions.  Oxygen in the presence of bacteria utilizing the Krebs Cycle significantly reduce or eliminate unwantedorganic materials on floors and hard surfaces, in water drainage systems orgrease traps and other environments thereby improving system performance and decreasing physical maintenance costs. The bacteria remain in the wastewater and provide continued positive effects on the wastewater quality prior to treatment at the WWTP.


In addition, when considering a total lifecycle assessment analysis, the positive impacts of aerobic bacterial treatment Household, Institutional and Industrial facilities significantly outweigh those of alternative options, such as caustic chemical treatment or mechanical removal of grease for disposal. The use of “green” products such as Whole Earth Laboratories Hard Surface Cleaners or Drain Cleaner and Grease Trap Treatment is favorable to the environment.