The Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) has recognized BASF’s Care
Chemicals and Formulators business
unit as a Champion in the Design for
the Environment Program’s (DfE) Safer
Detergents Stewardship Initiative
(SDSI). DfE recognizes environmental
leaders who voluntarily commit to the
use of safer surfactants, or those that
break down quickly to non-polluting
compounds and help protect aquatic
life in both fresh and salt water.
Champion is the highest level of
recognition offered under SDSI. BASF
is listed on the EPA SDSI website as a
Champion and may use a special logo
in its literature to explain its participation in the program. The DfE identified
safer alternative surfactants through
partnerships with industry and environmental advocates.
“BASF is the only chemical company
to receive the Champion award from
the EPA, and we will continue to strive
toward using safer surfactants that
protect the environment,” said Scott
Thomson, director of business management, detergents and formulators.
“BASF embraces sustainable development as a core strategic guideline that
balances economic growth, environmental protection and social responsibility.”
BASF offers several products that
present sustainable solutions to the
industrial and institutional cleaning
industry. In 2008 Inoterra surfactant
systems were launched as an alternative to nonyl phenol ethoxylates
(NPE’s) in North America. This new
readily biodegradable surface active
line of products can be used in all
cleaning formulations. BASF offers a
range of surfactants that are listed on
CleanGredients, an online database of
institutional and industrial leaning
ingredient chemicals that provide verified information about the environmental and human health attributes
of additives that meet EPA’s DfE
screen. More info: www.basf.com/usa.
CIBS Inducts New
The Cosmetics Industry Buyers
and Suppliers Organization
held its annual Fall New
Members Luncheon at OPIA
Restaurant in New York on Oct.
8. Twenty new members were
inducted into the organization
representing several areas of
Front row (from l-r): Jennifer Balbier, MAC; Stephanie Sheperis, MAC; Adeline Yu, MAC;
Jackie Davis, MAC; Joanne Greco, CIBS membership co-chair, Cosmo lab. Back row, (
l-r): Jenifer Brady, CIBS membership chair person, Brad-Pak; Nicole Masson, MAC; Isabelle
Rovner, MAC; Nicolas Gavrelis, MAC; Alexix Page, MAC; Fran Cardiff, CIBS vice president, Axilone USA; Elizabeth Mount, CIBS president.
In related news, S.C. Johnson has
also been honored by EPA. The company’s patented Greenlist process has
earned it the U.S. EPA SDSI Award.
The process is a classification system
that goes above and beyond compliance,
rating raw materials based on their
impact on the environment and human
health. Since it was developed in 2001,
with input from the EPA, Forum for the
Future, university scientists and others,
the Greenlist process has enabled S.C.
Johnson to select better raw materials.
It is also available royalty-free to other
Part of the EPA’s DfE Program,
SDSI recognizes companies that voluntarily commit to the use of safer
surfactants, producing safer products
as stewards of the environment and
S.C. Johnson assigns a Greenlist
score to each raw material used in its
products based on a variety of factors,
such as toxicity, biodegradability and
more. S.C. Johnson’s Greenlist accomplishments to date include removing
more than 61 million pounds of VOCs
from the environmental footprint of
the company’s products.
More info: www.scjohnson.com
Surefil LLC To Manufacture
Surefil LLC, Grand Rapids, MI, has entered
into an exclusive partnership with
Grand Brands, LLC, in which it will
manufacture all Lander product lines.
“The Lander business fits exceptionally well with our new facility,”
said Bill Hunt, chief executive officer
of Surefil LLC. “We will be able to
provide exceptional quality and service to a segment that has been under-served for a while.”