Hybrid Coating Technologies wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award
The company was recognized for its Green Polyurethane coatings and foam, which use plant-based feedstock to reduce the risk of asthma and eye, lung, skin and throat irritation. The products do not contain isocyanates, which can cause skin and breathing problems, or volatile organic compounds. They also can be used in a range of industries, including automotive, construction, electronics, packaging and textiles.
“The breakthrough by Hybrid Coating Technologies in making polyurethane more environmentally friendly promises dramatic benefits for human health,” EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld said. “Polyurethanes are a $26 billion business in the United States, and their widespread use affects many thousands of workers and consumers.”
This year’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards were presented on Monday in six categories – academic, small business, greener synthetic pathways, greener reaction conditions, designing greener chemicals and climate change. This was the awards’ 20th year, and this year’s winners pushed the total number of honorees to 104.