Northwest Green Chemistry empowers businesses and entrepreneurs in the Northwest to be innovative and sustainable through green chemistry and green engineering practices. We provide education, services, and frameworks to drive innovation.
Assessing Safer Alternatives
Alternatives assessment is used by governments to drive a shift from products containing chemicals of concern to safer alternatives. Businesses use alternatives assessment to support ongoing product development and innovation. Safer alternatives can involve simple chemical substitutions, complete product reformulations, shifts to new material platforms, or completely new and disruptive technologies. NGC is performing an alternatives assessment based on the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Alternatives Assessment Guide, assessing alternatives to copper in anti-fouling boat paints.
Designing Safer Alternatives
No matter how you cut it, sustainability is a multi-faceted systems problem that requires optimizing multiple parameters. In that sense, it is like human health whereby different systems must work together to achieve overall well being. Just as no one single attribute defines human health, no one single attribute defines a sustainable product. But it is possible to define principles, to identify useful tools, and to set benchmarks that can drive innovation and continual improvement toward sustainable products. Because sustainable design is not prescriptive, there are no limits to the potential for creativity and innovation.
Learn more about NGC's initiative to apply the Biofriendly Product Framework to materials used in Additive Manufacturing.
Empowering Informed Decisions
Tools and policies work together to drive innovation, especially when it comes to integrating green chemistry and green engineering into product design and development. Northwest Green Chemistry supports the emergence of safe, healthy and innovative products into the market place. We provide consulting services and training on alternatives assessment and useful tools such as the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT) and mentoring of entrepreneurs and innovators who seek to create products that provide solutions to human health and environmental challenges.