Alternatives to certain phthalates used as plasticizers, fast fusers, and fragrance solvents/fixatives
Dr. Amelia Nestler from Northwest Green Chemistry will present their work on identifying functional and inherently less hazardous alternatives to five phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DEP, and DMP) currently used as plasticizers, fast fusers, and fragrance solvents/fixatives. Register here.
While many chemicals used in commerce are suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated. Establishing a chemical management system that goes beyond complying with regulations and strives to reduce or eliminate chemical hazards at the source through informed substitution best protects workers, the consumer and the environment. Transitioning to safer alternatives can be a complex undertaking, but a variety of existing resources make it easier. OSHA has developed a step-by-step toolkit to provide employers and workers with information, methods, tools, and guidance on using informed substitution in the workplace.
The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) is bringing together university researchers and industry members to push the boundaries of renewable resources and establish new revenue creating processes and products.
During this webinar, they will review the strategic goals of a recently established Industry/University Cooperative Research Center supported by the National Science Foundation. The webinar will provide details of the center's operation, funding, intellectual property, project selection and management as well as how your participation will benefit your company, and the successful steering of CB2.
Learn about resources that help formulators to save time and money obtaining the Safer Choice label and the opportunities for suppliers to differentiate their products in the marketplace. Presenters will offer practical guidance for companies who want to leverage the value of the Safer Choice program.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice label helps businesses and consumers identify products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance. To earn the Safer Choice label, manufacturers must submit the chemical ingredients in their products for an independent review that measures them against strict human health and environmental criteria. Product performance, pH, packaging and VOC content are also evaluated to ensure that products with the label are safer for you and your community.
Learn how to use Safer Choice as part of an effective green cleaning program that can assist you with your overall sustainability goals. Hear about how Safer Choice products can be integrated into your purchasing program and how distributors and brand managers can support these markets. A brief overview of EPA’s Safer Choice label program will be given with an emphasis on additional criteria for selected functional classes such as direct release products. Learn more about the speakers and register.
The discovery and industrial use of green solvents should encompass three interconnected steps: 1) expansion of current green chemical diversity, 2) use of such diversity to design functional products, 3) implementation of manufacturing systems for functionally optimal green chemicals. Learn more about the speakers and register for this webinar from the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council.
An overview of EPA’s Safer Choice label program will be provided followed by two perspectives from a product formulator and a major retailer about their experience using the Safer Choice label and the value it offers to their businesses. Learn more about the speakers and register.
Dr. Amelia Nestler and the Alternatives Assessment Team will present their results from the 2016-2017 Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment. This project evaluated diverse boat antifouling technologies, including biocidal and non-biocidal coatings as well as sound-based technology. Products were assessed for hazard, comparative exposure, cost and availability, performance and additional stakeholder concerns.
Learn about the final results and NGC's recommendations, and about how to provide feedback on a draft copy of the final report.
Using Sustainable and Green Chemistry and Engineering Design Principles: A Case Study on the Development of a BPA Alternative for Food Packaging
Bisphenol A (BPA) (image shown) is a widely-used compound which has received attention in recent years mainly due to its potential to disrupt human health. BPA has been used in various types of resins and coatings, including the linings of food and beverage cans and bottle lids. Companies have been searching for alternatives but there have been challenges in identifying safer linings that work across the range of container storage challenges at the low price and high versatility sought by the industry and its suppliers.
In this webinar you will hear how Valspar, a company that normally formulates polymers from existing chemicals, addressed this challenge in a unique way. Their process has parallels to how the pharmaceutical industry works to find active compounds. But in this case, they were seeking to create chemicals that are not biologically active. The result was a versatile monomer and polymer that didn’t show estrogenic activity. To ensure validity and credibility, they engaged NGOs and external experts to verify their findings in a fully transparent way.
This work shows the power of taking a holistic approach to greener chemical design and the utility of fail-fast testing.
Speaker: Robert (Bob) J. Israel, Ph.D., is Vice President of Stewardship & Sustainability at The Valspar Corporation.
Dr. Israel has had nearly 30 years of experience in product stewardship, regulatory affairs and corporate sustainability strategy. He directs Sherwin-Williams’ Global Product Stewardship function ensuring that products meet or exceed regulatory requirements in countries throughout the world. He also develops and implements strategic initiatives to position Sherwin-Williams as a leader in continuous improvement and product sustainability.
Prior to joining Sherwin-Williams, Bob spent 14 years at Diversey where he was instrumental in the development of their sustainability and stewardship programs globally. He also held management positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Subsequently, he served as a regulatory consultant to the chemical industry. Bob was formerly the Chair of the Pollution Prevention Workgroup and National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee, and currently an advisory board to the Green Chemistry in Commerce Council (GC3). Additionally, he has served on numerous panels for the promotion of green chemistry and sustainability. He holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Delaware.
This webinar is co-hosted by Northwest Green Chemistry and the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3).
Learn about highly fluorinated stain and water repellant chemicals in this one-hour webinar: the products and materials in which they are used, why they can be harmful, and what can be done about it. Leaders in the field will share their expertise on this persistent and potentially toxic class of chemicals. Register here.
Learn about research supporting the potential poplar-based biofuels and bio-based chemicals industry from this webinar put on by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels (AHB). Hanna Horhammer (Postdoc), Chang Dou (PhD candidate), and Oliver Jan (PhD candidate) from the University of Washington present the challenges and solutions from their focus in three short segments tailor for general audiences. Register here.
Enjoying our environment shouldn’t require the use of products that harm our environment. This webinar focuses on marine products developed based on principles of green chemistry in order to allow us to enjoy boating and fishing without causing long-term environmental damage. Andries Breedt (Breedt Production Tooling and Design) will present his novel design for a marine fender that is both more functional at absorbing energy and less toxic than conventional marine bumpers, with minimal installation requirements that do not disturb the seabed nor require heavy machinery. In order to demonstrate that his product has a better toxicity profile, Breedt used a fail-fast testing approach recommended by Northwest Green Chemistry (NGC). Amelia Nestler (Northwest Green Chemistry) will present a status update on NGC’s ongoing Alternative Assessment that looks at alternatives to copper-based antifouling boat paint. Even at low concentrations, copper can negatively impact fish and other marine life.
Yes, Your Start-up is Great, but You Still Have to Eat Your (Regulatory) Vegetables: Understanding Chemical Regulatory Obligations
Many green businesses may assume that they do not need to be concerned with regulations, such as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) because they are using or making “non-toxic” chemicals. But, manufacturers and importers have regulatory obligations that apply to all chemicals, both benign and hazardous. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines and other consequences that could cripple a business, just as it is getting started.
NGC is partnering with Ecology to provide virtual training in the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT). QCAT lets small and medium-sized businesses evaluate, compare, and select safer alternatives to chemicals of concern. Alternatives assessment is a process to identify safer alternatives to toxic chemicals in products and reduce the impacts from, and cost of, toxic use on human health and the environment.
Northwest Green Chemistry and the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) cohost a webinar focused on disclosure, assessment and optimization of chemicals, materials and products. James Connelly from ILFI describe their efforts in this space, with a focus on the Living Product Challenge, and talk about how ToxServices' Full Materials Disclosure™ (FMD™) is being adapted to their program. Edward Pavia walks through each step of ToxServices' FMD™ program, a streamlined and cost-effective approach for chemical hazard assessment and product optimization.
How do the principles of green chemistry and engineering inform sustainable product design? Application of these principles ensures that products use materials that are safe, that can flow in a circular economy, and that have a beneficial impact on natural resources. Gifford Pinchot III, Founder and President Emeritus of Pinchot University, introduces the topic, followed by three leading experts who each explain one of the three main branches of the Design Principles for Sustainable and Green Chemistry and Engineering, linking these to successful business examples.
How do green entrepreneurs fund their businesses? Our speakers take you on a journey from broad green funding concepts down to specific funding opportunities. Roy Nott (President, Surfactor Americas, and member of the NGC Advisory Council) provides a quick introduction to appropriate funding sources at different business stages. The co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, David Levine, provides the business case for going green. Adrian Horotan talks about Safer Made, a venture fund that invests in companies and technologies that reduce people’s exposure to hazardous chemicals.
What does it take to achieve success as a green business? Entrepreneurs Mickey Blake from Floral Soil Solutions and Zach Wilkinson from Tidal Vision share their perspectives and answer your questions. How did they apply green chemistry and engineering to their businesses? What were their biggest obstacles? What advice would they offer to other green entrepreneurs?