April green chemicals

Another late post for this month’s new green chemicals. I’ll try to do better next month but no guarantees!

1. Dow biobased plasticizers - Dow Chemical launched DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers, a new family of phthalate-free plasticizers for use in wire insulation and jacketing that are made from nearly 100% renewable feedstocks.

2. Safety-Kleen recycled coolant - Safety-Kleen Systems introduced “Khameleon Universal,” a new antifreeze and coolant formulation using recycled ethylene glycol.It is available in 55-gallon drums and in bulk where available.

3. Rhodia veggie surfactantRhodia introduced Mackine®301, a vegetable oil-based non quaternized amidoamine surfactant for hair conditioners and masks. Mackine® 301 offers an excellent alternative to conventional CTAC (Cetrimonium Chloride). Rhodia also introduced Rhodapex® ESB-70 NAT, a vegetable-based Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), ideal to formulate natural and high performance shampoo, body wash, liquid hand soap and detergents. Rhodapex® ESB-70 NAT is based on ethylene oxide made from sugar cane and lauryl alcohol sourced from palm oil.

4. DSM bio-based resins - DSM introduced Palapreg® ECO P55-01, a bio-based resin for automotive vehicle body parts, including exterior panels, and EcoPaXX™, a bio-based, high performance engineering plastic.

5. Air Products green surfactants - Air Products launched two new surfactants for the architectural coatings market, Carbowet® 13-40, a VOC- and APE-free alternative to 30-40 mole ethoxylate surfactants; and EnviroGem® 2010, a solvent- and APE-free surfactant that contributes no VOCs to zero VOC coating formulations.

6. SABIC green flame retardant - SABIC Innovative Plastics launched a new, Lexan* polycarbonate (PC) film technology - Lexan EFR film – that delivers non-brominated, non-chlorinated flame retardance at thinner gauges than flame-retardant polypropylene (FRPP) for electrical/electronics products.

7. Cognis green surfactant - Cognis launched its new Disponil NG series of APEO-free, VOC-free, and FDA-approved surfactants, which are based on modified natural and renewable-based fatty alcohols.


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