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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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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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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Happy Spring! NGC's April 2018 Newsletter

Happy Spring! NGC's April 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 in downtown Portland (venue to be announced soon!). 

Read about our current alternatives assessment work as well as initiatives and opportunities throughout the community in the full newsletter

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Request for Feedback: Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

Request for Feedback:  Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

Northwest Green Chemistry is inviting feedback from interested parties and individuals on the draft final Washington State Antifouling Alternatives Assessment (AA) report.  NGC has received valuable input throughout the past year, as well as at numerous events, such as the Seattle Boat Show and the Northwest Marina and Boatyard Conference.  We seek your help in ensuring that the results of our AA work are reported in a way that is relevant and useful.

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Northwest Green Chemistry launches Sustainable Materials Roundtable for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)

NGC has partnered with Autodesk, an open source software company, Washington Department of Ecology and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to develop a materials framework that will support current decision making and also provide the flexibility for the inevitable changes this technology will bring.

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GC3 Challenge: Developing New Preservatives for Personal Care & Household Products

GC3 Challenge: Developing New Preservatives for Personal Care & Household Products

Opportunity to gain funds, visibility, feedback, and connections to potential investors or partners!  They expect to award 3-5 cash prizes from a prize pool of $175,000.  Both preservatives and preservative boosters are eligible.  Applications are due August 24, 2017, and will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

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Opportunity to provide feedback on the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

The third stakeholders call has been scheduled!  Join us Thursday, March 30th, from 10:00 - 11:30 AM PT, to discuss the current progress and criteria for the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment..  Register for the conference call and webinar here

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King Copper is Dead

King Copper is Dead

Learn more about copper, boats, and marine life in this article by Peter Schrappen, who has been working with NGC on the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment!  Peter is the Director of Government Affairs at the Northwest Marine Trade Association, and the Executive Director of the Clean Boating Foundation.  Find a quote from NGC's Dr. Amelia Nestler in the full version on issuu.

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Biofriendly Product Framework for Additive Manufacturing

Biofriendly Product Framework for Additive Manufacturing

NGC is initiating a structured peer review process and case study utilizing the Biofriendly Product Framework for additive manufacturing.  As a nascent, but burgeoning market for material production, now is the time to address issues of sustainability for this promising technology.   NGC will be initiating the kickoff meeting soon!  Learn more about the project and how to participate.

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