Natural polyol in Mexican green sandal

Dow Chemical, Wal-Mart Mexico and Grupo Ravi have joined forces to create “Green Comfort” sandal for women in Mexico. The companies said the shoe soles and insole is made up of Dow’s natural oil-based polyols.

“The eco-sandal is produced with vegetable pigmented leathers, zero solvents in the manufacturing process and is sold with 100% recyclable and recycled packaging.”

Wal-Mart Mexico started distributing the Green Sandal to its 155 Super Centers starting this month as part of its “Month of Earth” campaign. Grupo Ravi, who manufactures the sandals, launched the product in December 2008.

In another Dow news, Anne Wallin, director of Dow’s Sustainable Chemistry and Life Cycle Analysis, was recently appointed as a member of California’s new Green Ribbon Science Panel.

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control appointed 27 experts to provide scientific and technical advice for California’s Green Chemistry program, which aims to remove or reduce toxic chemicals in products sold in California. The panel will hold its first meeting on April 29 and 30.

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