Detergent firms Method, P&G go green with renewable chemicals

15 February 2011 02:38  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN DIEGO (ICIS)--US detergent firms Method and Procter & Gamble (P&G) are expanding their raw materials portfolio with renewable-based chemicals, officials from several renewable chemical companies said on Monday.

San Francisco, California-based Segetis said its renewable-based chemicals such as solvents and non-phthalate plasticisers will soon be used in a variety of Method’s home cleaning and laundry products. The first products such as a tub and tile cleaner containing renewable chemical ingredients will be sold in March.

“Consumer product companies and their supply chain are under pressure to eliminate or reduce chemicals, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as find good replacement for phthalates,” said Cora Leibig, director of research and development at Segetis.

Leibig was speaking at a panel discussion at the Infocast Biobased Chemicals conference in San Diego.

Segetis is expanding its capacity for bio-based solvents and non-phthalate plasticisers at a site in the US upper midwest for several million dollars, citing strong interest from customers in markets including the cleaning, personal care, building materials and automotive industries.

The expansion project is expected to be completed this summer.

Another US-based renewable chemical company, LS9, announced that it had expanded its development project with P&G, although it did not disclose what particular chemical or product applications the companies have been working on.

P&G and LS9 started their first development partnership in May 2009.

LS9 focuses on producing fermentation-derived chemicals such as esters, lubricants, alcohols and aldehydes using sugarcane as feedstock.

LS9 is looking into investments in Brazil for both feedstock sourcing and potential chemical manufacture, CEO Ed Dineen said in an interview on the sidelines of the conference.

The Biobased Chemicals conference ends on Thursday.

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