Learn about the ChemSec Marketplace and its role in advancing safer alternatives, like those identified in NGC’s recent work on alternatives to phthalates. Register here.
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.
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).
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.
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?