January’s green chemicals

There was actually a lot of green/sustainable chemicals launched last month, which, unfortunately I was not able to post in a timely fashion. Several of them target the green building industry, speaking of which, I wrote an article about it last month for ICIS Chemical Business. More updates on the green building and construction markets coming soon, for now here are some new green chemicals that might be interesting to check out.


I used the word “sustainable chemicals” meaning they are not really made from renewable-based nor are they tagged as biodegradable except that these chemicals contribute to energy efficiency, promote clean technology use or overall help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

1. DuPont Eco-concrete - DuPont expanded its Eco-Concrete collection of DuPont™ Corian® with six new colors containing up to 14 % recycled post-industrial material while its Eco-Terrazzo collection contains up to 25% recycled post-industrial material.

2. Agilent GHG analyzers - Agilent Technologies introduced two Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Analyzers for simultaneous analysis of methane (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2), and nitrous oxide (N2O) in air samples. The analyzers also can be used for soil gas analysis or plant breathing studies, where the samples contain CH4, N2O, and CO2. Both analyzers easily can be expanded to determine sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

3. Vital Products Biofoam - Vital Products will soon introduced its environmental bio-based “foam in a can” which will be used for applications in the residential construction and Do It Yourself markets.

4. Solutia’s PV encapsulant - Saflex®, a unit of Solutia Inc. introduced Saflex PA41, a new thin gauge polyvinyl butyral (PVB) based encapsulant designed specifically for photovoltaic applications. The new product significantly reduces encapsulant usage while maintaining module durability and processing performance.

5. PMC green flame retardant - PMC Polymer Products launched a line of decabromo diphenyl ether (decaBDE) free flame retardant masterbatches sold under the Endura® tradename. These products have been designed as direct replacements of decaBDE containing masterbatches.

6. Teijin green flame retardant - Teijin Chemicals has developed a transparent, flame retardant polycarbonate (PC) resin measuring just 1.5mm, making this the thinnest resin of its kind. The ultra-thin PC resin is both bromine-free and phosphorous-free.

7. NatureWorks high-heat bioplastic - NatureWorks introduced its second generation Ingeo™ bioresin solution targeted primarily at injection molding of semi-durable consumer products. The new compounded resin technology enables the production of injection molded parts with thermal dimensional stability up to 120º Celsius (248º F).

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