I'm having a little difficulty finding newly launched green chemicals from last month. Could it be that some of the laboratories are taking a break? Or maybe companies are a little bit prudent these days in launching new products. We'll just wait and see for the rest of the year...
1. Low global warming blowing agent - Honeywell has begun selling its hydrofluoroolefin HFO-1234ze blowing agent for one component foam and aerosol and applications in Europe. The blowing agent has zero ozone-depletion potential and meets EU regulatory requirements for reducing the use of high global-warming-potential (GWP) substances.
2. Green water-borne paint - Kansas companies Premier Paint 2000 & C3 Technology, along with California-based Tech Line Coatings have introduced their water-borne clear coat for the automotive paint market, which is said to exceed EPA standards on volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions. The coating, which is expected to be commercialized in January 2009, reportedly does not contain isocyanates.
3. Recyclable bioplastic compounds - PolyOne launched its OnFlex BIO Series soft thermoplastic polyurethane (TPE-U) compounds made from renewable natural sources and are said to be based on at least 20% renewable material. The compounds are said to be 100% recyclable.
4. Regulation compliant flame retardant - PolyOne introduced its MaxxamTM FR - flame-retardant polypropylene compounds that are said to be compliant to the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). The flame retardant line includes low-halogen and halogen-free grades.
5. Low global warming fluorinated gas - Arkema has developed Forane® 1234yf, a new fluorinated fluid with a low global warming product bebefit designed to gradually replace HFC 134a currently used in automotive air-conditioning circuits. Arkema plans to produce Forane® 1234yf on an industrial scale in Europe.
6. Recycled drug packaging - Rexam is said to be the first packaging company to develop and market a liquid prescription oval made with 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET resin. The package will be available in November in retail pharmacies nationwide.
7. Algae-based beta-carotene - Cognis Nutrition & Health launched its Betatene®10% WDP, an algae-based natural beta-carotene in a water dispersible powder. The product targets replacement of synthetic colors in functional food and beverage application, which is said to occupy 40% of the colorant market.