26 new soy chemicals in 2009

The green blog continues to see the growing use of soybean and derivatives as a renewable chemical feedstock.

Yesterday, the United Soybean Board (USB) released its annual list of soy-based products the U.S. farmer-led organization helped introduce this year. 26 new soy-based products hit the market in 2009, according to the group, which helps provides funding to scientists and industrial partners to research, develop and commercialize products containing soybeans.

Some of this year’s new products include a soy-based wood floor stain from Rust-Oleum, a line of Simmons mattresses that include soy-based foam, and a soy-based degreaser and adhesive remover available at The Home Depot and Ace Hardware.

Others, such as a soy-based adhesive used to manufacture plywood, a soy-based pavement crack sealant and soy-based bioremediation agents used in environmental cleanup, will mostly be utilized by industrial users, according to USB.

“We solicit applications, review the concepts and select them based on their technical merit and market potential,” said Marty Ross, vice chair of the USB New Uses program. “Number one, the product must be technically feasible – can it be done? And, number two, just because it can be done, is it viable? What’s the product’s market value, and how many bushels of U.S. soybeans will it use?”

Here are the list of new soy chemicals introduced this year:


  • Soy Seal™ - soy-based canned insulating foams being sold at hardware stores, from BioBased Technologies
  • Polylite™ 31325-00 - unsaturated polyester resin for composites, from Reichhold Chemical
  • Renuva™ – soy-based Natural Oil Polyols used to make bedding foams for Simmons Bedding’s Natural Care Collection, from Dow Polyurethanes
  • SoyFoam™ – soy foam for seats/headrests/armrests in the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe, Sonata sedan and the 2009 Kia Amanti sedan, from Lear. Lear will also supply General Motors with SoyFoam for its trucks and SUVs as well as Ford for the seats in the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKE, from Lear

  • Honey Bee™ – soy-based polyols for use in Chromcraft molded-furniture seating foams from MCPU Polymer Engineering
  • Ecoflex- a mattress product line named Equilibrio Natural Ecoflex that usesfoam based on Renuva Natural Oil Polyols in the comfort layers of themattresses, from foam and mattress manufacturer Ecoflex
  • Green Comfort™ – sandals containing Renuva Natural Oil Polyols in the polyurethane sole, from shoe manufacturer Grupo Ravi and Wal-Mart


  • Hybrid industrial coating containing soy for wood and metal applications from Sherwin-Williams
  • Varathane Nano Defence – soy-based abrasion-resistant stain for wood floors from Rust-Oleum
  • OSF Ecopure HPJ Soy – soy-based sheetfed lithographic ink, from INX International
  • OSF EcoTech Process Inks – soy-based sustainable lithographic ink system with low VOCs, from INX International
  • BioMG – soy-based inks for digital printers used in OEM type inks, from INX International
  • Soyad – soy flour adhesive for use in wood panels, from H2H
  • Soythane™90 – 100 percent solids, multipurpose polyurethane adhesive based on soy polymers, from Bondaflex Technologies
  • Multibond MX100 – a one-component soy-based polyvinyl acetate adhesive for hardwood plywood, from Franklin International


  • Soyanol™ 1000E – soy methyl ester (SME)-based coalescing agent, from Soy Technologies
  • Soyanol™ 5000E – SME-based coatings solvent, from Soy Technologies
  • Goof Off Citrus – SME-based degreaser and adhesive remover, from WM Barr
  • Goof Off 2 – SME-based water rinsable degreaser, from WM Barr
  • F-500 – Bi-Solvent Cleaning System – SME-based parts cleaner, from Forward Technology
  • VOS™ – soy-based thixotropic gel for soil bioremediation, from EOS Remediation
  • LactOil™ – soy-based microemulsion for groundwater bioremediation, from JRW Bioremediation
  • CAP 18 ME™ – soy-based groundwater bioremediation product, from Carus Remediation
  • SoyGreen™ Wood Polish & Multi Surface Cleaner – SME cleaner, from Soy Technologies
  • Soy Green™ Ultimate Graffiti Remover – SME cleaner, from Soy Technologies
  • Seamseal™ – soy-based pavement crack sealant, from BioSpan Technologies

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