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All members of the category alkyl ether sulfates are readily biodegradable which is proved by several studies available for different mixtures (Danish EPA [1] & HERA [2], 2004). Hence, the substances will be ultimately degraded under environmental conditions. Therefore, alkyl ether sulfates are not expected to persist in the environment.


[1] Danish EPA - Environmental and Health Assessment of Substances in Household Detergents and Cosmetic Detergent Products (2001). Environmental Project No. 615, pp. 24-28

[2] HERA - Human & Environmental Risk Assessment on ingredients of European household cleaning products (2004). Alcohol Ethoxysulphates (AES).