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Ecology Coatings Chosen for the Coveted US Green Chemistry Challenge

Published on 2011-09-09. Author : SpecialChem

WARREN, MI -- Ecology Coatings, Inc., one of the leaders in the discovery and development of nanotechnology-enabled, ultraviolet-curable advanced coatings, announced that it has been nominated for the U.S. Green Chemistry Challenge 2012. The program is sponsored by the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute. This program recognizes chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into their design, manufacture and use. Awards will be presented in Washington D.C. in June.

Green chemistry reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances from chemical products and processes to curtail negative impacts on human health and the environment. Ecology Coatings was nominated based on its GRAS (generally regarded as safe) coatings. These coatings have a positive effect on public health in the United States by reducing toxic chemicals contained in food packaging products. Additionally, when Ecology's GRAS coatings are used as a substitute for petroleum-based products, such as polyethylene, less toxic waste is introduced into the environment.

Ecology's GRAS coatings are cured at a very rapid rate resulting in a coating with barrier properties to air, solvents, water or grease. Potential uses include coatings for food packaging, wrappings for meat, snack foods and pet food packaging. Since the coating will resist grease, foods will be presented in cleaner, safer and more cost effective packaging.

The photoinitiators from UV curable inks and coatings currently used on many types of food packaging, including cereal boxes, have been found as adulterants in food. The substitution of a GRAS photoinitiator will alleviate this problem.

Ecology Coatings CEO Bob Crockett commented, "We are pleased to be nominated for the U.S. Green Chemistry Challenge 2012, as our recent nomination for the Michigan Green Chemistry Award Program has created a lot of interest and assisted in the market introduction of our UV-curable coatings, including our GRAS coatings, to large food and beverage packaging companies. Success with these organizations requires demonstration of product performance, price performance and customers' approval. We are confident our coatings will not only out perform and under price competitive products, but will meet the public demand for use of safe, sustainable materials in the manufacture and packaging of consumer products."

About Ecology Coatings, Inc.

Ecology Coatings, Inc. is among the leaders in the development and licensing of cleantech ultraviolet (UV) curable coatings - coatings that improve the products we use daily. Ecology's technology platform allows manufacturers to enhance the durability and performance of their products, while significantly reducing energy costs and increasing manufacturing throughput. The company produces solvent-free coatings, which eliminate the escape of harmful solvents into the atmosphere during application. Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Ecology Coatings has a development and prototype lab in Akron, Ohio.

Source: Ecology Coatings

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