ACS GCI Formulators Roundtable publishes innovative research on opportunities for greener alternatives in chemical formulations

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2015 – The increasingly sustainability-minded consumer has been demanding greener formulated products for everything from cleaning to cosmetics, and the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) Formulators’ Roundtable is helping to identify what’s needed to make this happen. The Roundtable recently published a paper identifying 10 specific opportunities for the development of more sustainable chemicals used in formulated products.   

Every ingredient in a product is chosen for the performance benefit it provides, and formulators are always looking for alternatives that have a reduced risk of harmful effects on the environment, people and animals. However, these replacements must perform as well as, or better than, the ingredients they replace at a competitive cost to ensure the alternatives are worth the switch.

“Academic researchers can help industry make its operations and products greener, but only if the academics know what is needed,” said Philip Jessop, the lead writer of the publication. “This research will give guidance for choosing greener alternatives to encourage the incorporation of changes that will benefit not only the entire value chain from manufacturing to consumer, but the environment as well.” The roundtable hopes this paper will be a good step forward for industry and academia to collaborate toward greener formulations and ultimately a greener society.

The GCI Formulators Roundtable is a partnership between ACS GCI and 11 companies in the formulated products industry designed to be the driving force for the use of green chemistry in creating innovative products that are environmentally sustainable throughout the entire product life cycle. More information on the ACS GCI Formulators’ Roundtable can be found at /content/acs/en/greenchemistry/industry-business/formulators.html .

ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) is a part of the American Chemical Society whose mission is to catalyze and enable the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemical enterprise.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 158,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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