Pigments and inadvertent polychlorinated biphenyls (iPCBs): Advancing no and low iPCB pigments for printing applications

Pigments and inadvertent polychlorinated biphenyls (iPCBs): Advancing no and low iPCB pigments for printing applications

This research aims to educate interested parties on the chemistry, supply chain considerations, regulations, and business procurement policies related to iPCBs and pigments for newsprint, and paper and paperboard packaging.

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Webinar on demand: Alternatives Assessment's Past, Present, & Future

Webinar on demand: Alternatives Assessment's Past, Present, & Future

The field of alternatives assessment is being driven by increasing policy and market demands to substitute chemicals of concern in process and products, as well as the need to help decision-makers in industry and government make smarter, safer choices about chemicals, materials and technologies used. To kick off this series, the first A4 webinar addressed Alternative Assessment's Past, Present, and Future.

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Evaluating Alternatives to Food Packaging Materials that Contain Per- and Poly-Fluorinated Substances (PFASs)

Evaluating Alternatives to Food Packaging Materials that Contain Per- and Poly-Fluorinated Substances (PFASs)

This report provides a roadmap for conducting a full alternatives assessment (AA) for food packaging that is free of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and identifies some currently available alternatives. The roadmap follows the IC2 Alternatives Assessment Guide (2017) with additions from Northwest Green Chemistry’s experience creating frameworks and conducting AAs, such as minimum (‘showstopper’) criteria defined for each module. The report includes ways to leverage modules completed by other entities, how to test for PFASs, and how to identify PFASs-free alternatives using state procurement policies. Strategic steps forward in a resource constrained and imperfect information environment will allow interested parties to make the most of the Roadmap.

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Welcome to 2019!

We believe that, like us, you’ve witnessed the events of 2018 with a renewed sense of the need to create positive, systemic change in 2019. Whether it was the heartbreaking story of critically endangered orca whales in Puget Sound or the alarming number of toxic chemicals you are exposed to in your home or at work, Northwest Green Chemistry spent 2018 working toward solutions. Read more about our accomplishments in 2018 and plans for 2019.

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Zinc, boat paint, and Puget Sound

Zinc, boat paint, and Puget Sound

Washington is working to enact laws that protect Puget Sound from toxic chemicals. Part of this work involves identifying sources of contamination which impact aquatic life and ensuring that implementation of legislation does not create new problems. In this report, NGC assessed loading of zinc from zinc oxide from recreational antifouling boat paint for two scenarios, status quo and under the upcoming copper ban.

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NGC Announcements: June 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We're looking forward to many upcoming green chemistry and engineering events hosted both by NGC and our partners!

In particular, take a look at our events in June in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. We're excited for our in-person roadmapping event on Wednesday, June 20th from 6-8pm at Raven and Rose in downtown Portland. More information about the launch event is posted on our website.

Read about the release of the first version of our Green Design and Assessment Tool, our work on criteria and considerations for sustainable plastics with OECD, as well as initiatives and opportunities throughout the community in the full newsletter. 

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PRoduct Innovation and Social Mapping (PrISM™) v1.0

PRoduct Innovation and Social Mapping (PrISM™) v1.0

PrISM™ was created to support product designers in developing products based on sustainable green chemistry and engineering design principles.  It is intended to inform early-stage assessment and continual improvement. Information on tools and approaches for more advanced assessment are also included in the workbook. It is currently accessible through Google Sheets which allows for easy transfer back and forth between worksheets and easy access back and forth to external links…

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Launch of the Emerald Corridor GC&E Roadmap at ACS GCI Conference

Launch of the Emerald Corridor GC&E Roadmap at ACS GCI Conference

Join NGC in Portland June 18-20th, 2018 for the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference!

Wednesday evening (6/20), as part of Green Chemistry on Tap, NGC will launch the Emerald Corridor Green Chemistry & Engineering Roadmap (2018-2023). Over the last few months, NGC has facilitated conference calls and interviews to learn from top experts in the region (and beyond) and answer the question, “How can green chemistry and green engineering help to create resilience in the Emerald Corridor (roughly the region from Portland, OR to Vancouver, BC)?”  

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