Congratulations are in order for two of CEBC’s industry partners, Eastman Chemical Company and Procter & Gamble Company. Both were recognized with 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Awards for their innovations in environmentally beneficial chemical technologies.
These prestigious awards are presented annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to corporations and academics for innovations that prevent pollution and reduce toxicity.
Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tenn., won the Green Synthetic Pathways Award for an environmentally friendly and energy efficient technology to make ingredients for cosmetics. The “gentler” process uses biological catalysts, or enzymes, to make esters, which are building blocks for thousands of cosmetic and personal care products. The novel process eliminates unwanted by-products and reduces processing steps.
Proctor & Gamble, in partnership with Kansas City-based Cook Composites and Polymers, won the Designing Greener Chemicals Award for developing paints that reduce air pollution. The new paints, which are made from vegetable oils and sugars, emit fewer fumes (VOCs) because they are made with half as much solvent as conventional paints.
More information can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry/pubs/pgcc/past.html