Green chem product teasers

Yesterday’s Green Chemistry round table hosted by Elevance was very productive in terms of getting information. I will tell you more in details next week of what some of the panelists have to say about the future of green chemistry, its challenges, potential and how it can help the US economy.

Unfortunately, I have a deadline to catch working on a green building article for ICIS Chemical Business this week, and so here for now are some juicy teasers gathered from the event.

  • Clorox’s Dr. Andrew Gilicinski, director of Technology Brokerage and Innovation, noted in passing the success of their Greenworks cleaning products line in terms of sales. Clorox launched the line last year and last month, added its biodegradable cleaning wipes. Dr. Gilicinski said (hopefully exclusively to me) that they will launch another green products this summer.
  • Elevance and its partner Tetramer is planning to launch two new natural-based wax this year as alternatives to some of the traditional waxes out there that have supply/production issues.They are currently working on alternatives to Japan wax, montan wax, amide wax and metal soaps. Which two of the four will come out this year? We’ll soon find out!

  • Dow Corning’s Bill Schulz said they are working on industrial applications of their soy wax technology, which was co-developed with Elevance. Dow Corning started marketing the jointly developed new soy wax products last year for the personal care segment. The companies are also looking to develop performance ingredients from other natural oils aside from soybean oil.addthis_pub = ‘greenchicgeek’;

3 Responses to Green chem product teasers

  1. Ken Zarker 19 February, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    I’m interested in the job growth potential for green chemistry.

    Has anyone done an analysis to calculate potental job retention or job growth for this emerging CleanTech sector?

  2. Ken Zarker 5 March, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    Thanks for the information. I am drafting a green chemistry report for the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable and Green Chemistry in Commerce Council (GC3) that we plan to release this Spring. The report provides recommendations on what states can do to advance green chemistry and design for environment (DfE) programs.

  3. Doris de Guzman 16 April, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Hi Ken,
    So far I have not encountered any reported figures regarding job growth potential from the green chemistry field. According to Elevance, the American Chemistry Council estimates that one job in chemistry generates 5.5 additional jobs elsewhere in the economy so that’s a nice rate.

    Elevance said they created jobs of around 100 since its creation last year. Another green chem start-up firm Segetis now has 40 employees.

    Green chem is still pretty new so I’m sure we’ll hear more about them in the next several months. I’ll put a post as soon as I get any job growth market analysis on this.

    BCC Research did estimate that the U.S. market for alternative chemical products is expected to be worth $46.6 billion in 2008 and expected to increase to $94.8 billion in 2013.

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