July 29, 2015

Council for LAB/LAS Environmental Research Publishes The CLER Review, Volume 14
Journal Provides Scientific Research on Leading Worldwide Cleaning Agent

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2015)The The Council for LAB/LAS Environmental Research (CLER) has released Volume 14 of its technical journal, The CLER Review. This issue features two studies which contribute valuable new data on the environmental safety of linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS), a major cleaning agent (surfactant) used in laundry detergents and cleaning products now and for the past 40 years.

The first paper, by C. Cowan-Ellsberry and colleagues delivers a comprehensive review of the environmental safety of LAS. The second, by F. Renaud and colleagues, provides new data for risk assessments.

“Each study is a unique contribution to the scientific literature on LAS,” said Dr. John Heinze, CLER’s technical director and editor of the journal. “The authors of the first study have provided a comprehensive review while the authors of the second study successfully applied the techniques from an existing assessment method (bioconcentration study) to a new test organism, the marine shrimp.”

CLER representatives presented The CLER Review at the 10th World Surfactant Congress and Business Convention in Istanbul, Turkey in June. The conference, led by the European Committee on Organic Surfactants and their Intermediates (CESIO), successfully provided an international forum for discussion of the latest research on surfactants.

To receive a copy of Volume 14 of The CLER Review, please email

About CLER
The Council for LAB/LAS Environmental Research (CLER) is an organization of scientists and technical specialists representing manufacturers of linear alkylbenzene (LAB) and linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS). CLER’s mission is to conduct research and distribute scientific information on the environmental safety of LAS, the world’s number one cleaning ingredient, and LAB, the material from which it is produced. To learn more, visit