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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).