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Climate change is a global issue that has become a serious topic gaining momentum across the world. As more and more businesses pledge carbon neutrality efforts, we recognize the need to offer solutions that are environmentally sustainable, as well as performance values in a phased manner with similar, if not higher, products. provide.
We take our role in protecting the planet seriously. In this blog, we discuss ways you can use AGC products to improve your environmental footprint and achieve sustainability goals without sacrificing performance.
Silica gels replace microplastics in skincare formulations
Plastic beads, microplastics and nanomaterials such as Nylon 12 and PMMA are often used as fillers and exfoliants in cosmetics and personal care products. Although plastic particles are tiny—from one-hundredth of a millimeter to a millimeter—they can harm marine life, the environment and human health. This is because plastic microbeads do not spoil or dissolve in water and are not captured by most wastewater treatment systems. When they are washed into streams, they can end up in lakes, rivers and oceans and remain there for thousands of years.
According to Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, “These tiny plastics persist in the environment because they are nearly impossible to remove. The best way to reduce their impact is to prevent them from entering the environment.” Silica gels are an ideal alternative to plastic microbeads because they are made from silicon dioxide, which is a natural and durable material.
AGC’s Sollosphere™ Microsphere silica gels are environmentally safe, non-nanoparticle, nonplastic, nonpetroleum ingredients that enhance the performance of skincare and cosmetics. SOLESPHERE Gels are used in Oil-in-Water (OIW), Water-in-Oil (WIO) and Anhydrous formulations to improve UV boost, reduce greasiness and stickiness, shrink pores, absorb oil and sweat, Can be done to improve spread and create mats. Appearance
Low GWP foam blowing agents replace HFCs
Ozone-depleting materials such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) have been around for decades, but they are no longer considered safe or environmentally friendly. Because of the Important New Alternative Policy (SNAP) Program facilitators are now working to wean off HFCs and HCFCs and find safer alternatives that provide similar or better performance benefits.
AGC’s AMOLEA™ 1224yd is an environmentally safe replacement for HFC and HCFC urethane foam blowing agents. It offers physical properties and performance properties similar to some HFCs, but with ozone depletion potential (ODP) almost zero and global warming potential (GWP) values less than 1.
AMOLEA 1224yd has similar thermal stability to HFC, has lower thermal conductivity and is more stable than other HFCs. It offers good compatibility with most oils, metals, plastics and elastomers. Snap approval for AMOLEA 1224yd is pending.
Fluoropolymer films reduce electricity and heating costs
Greenhouses help maintain a year-round supply for crops that at one time were only available seasonally. They are typically constructed from aluminum, glass and/or plastic and are designed to allow the maximum amount of sunlight in whatever the ideal season for growing crops.
While natural sunlight is usually sufficient to heat a small greenhouse outside of the typical growing season, large commercial greenhouses may require an additional artificial heat source to increase their productivity and efficiency. As a result, the energy used to heat large commercial greenhouses contributes to pollution in the atmosphere.
AGC’s F-Clean™ Is a fluoropolymer (ETFE) film that improves the growth potential of fruits, vegetables and plants inside greenhouses. This film has a higher transmission rate of light and UV than glass, polyethylene or polycarbonate, allowing the full spectrum of solar light to pass through the growing region. This leads to higher production, earlier blooms and more colorful petals, as well as sweeter fruits and better quality vegetables. And because ETFE films transmit up to 90% of UV light, greenhouse manufacturers can install a double layer to increase thermal insulation and reduce heating costs without significant impact on light transmission.
In addition to greenhouses, ETFE films have also been used on buildings and stadiums to help reduce lighting and heating costs. For example, the 70,000-seat Sophie Stadium in Los Angeles was built to house two NFL teams, the LA Rams and LA Chargers, as well as other international sporting events. With a roof area of 75,000 square meters, Sophie Stadium is the largest stadium in the world to have a single-layer Fluon installed ETFE film as a complete roofing system.
The material provides the stadium with an abundance of natural light, reducing reliance on electricity and providing attendees with a view of Southern California’s famously clear blue skies. Like F-Clean, Fluone ETFE film also provides 90% light transmission, which in this case enables sunlight to penetrate walkways and common areas while preserving the temperate climate. The material’s maximum tension is 3.5KN/m, so it won’t rip or scratch easily over time. It can also withstand extreme environments due to its superior weather resistance, chemical resistance and non-stick properties.
Include sustainable building materials to earn LEED certification
Many architects, engineers and builders are now looking to more sustainable materials to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED certification is one of the world’s most widely used green building rating systems and is recognized globally as a symbol of sustainability and achievement.
Incorporating coatings formulated with fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resins provides excellent weatherability and longevity, and the resins contain little or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Because of this, they are an important part of environmentally friendly design and obtaining LEED certification. FEVE resins, like AGC’s LUMIFLON, ensure building exteriors and façades lasting longer for 30 years or more. This means that structures do not need to be repainted as often, reducing their lifetime environmental impact. Resins protect structures from UV light, wind and rain, which significantly reduces their life-cycle cost compared to other coatings on the market today.
FEVE resins do not require a solvent and can be used in formulations to meet AAMA 2405, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s specification for high-performance exterior architectural coatings. They can be applied to steel, aluminum, concrete and many other substrates that require protection from environmental corrosion. They come in clear and pigmented coatings, which makes them ideal for stadiums, theatres, hospitals, airports, office buildings and more.
Switch to Snap-Approved Non-flammable Fluorinated Precision Cleaning Solvents
AGC has developed new HFCO chemistry to provide more environmentally friendly precision cleaning options to manufacturers of high-value industrial components, electronics and medical equipment. amoliya™ AS-300 and AS-300AT solvents are classified as non-hazardous air pollutants, with ozone depletion potential close to zero and global warming potential less than one. The US EPA’s SNAP program lists these solvents as acceptable for electronics cleaning, metal cleaning, precision cleaning and coating retardant.
AMOLEA AS-300 and AS-300AT are ideal replacements for HFC solvents and low-boiling-point HCFO solvents, as well as n-propyl bromide (nPB or 1-BP) and trichlorethylene, both of which are exposed to EPA’s toxic substances. undergoing evaluation. Control Act (TSCA).
Both AS-300 and AS-300AT grades have beneficial boiling points, improved solvency and favorable HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) profiles with 44 and 118 kb values respectively.
Performance Fluoropolymer Partnership
In 2020, AGC Inc., The Chemours Company LLC and Daikin Industries Ltd. formed a new organization, the Performance Fluoropolymer Participation (PFP), The mission of PFP is the responsible production, use and management of fluoropolymers, while also advocating for a sound science- and risk-based approach to regulation.
Fluoropolymers are important materials for modern life and have many other uses including healthcare applications, high performance electronics, advanced transportation and aerospace. They are an integral part of sustainable technology. For example, fluoropolymers are used in various components of renewable energy installations that are required to reach decarbonization goals.
Additionally, fluoropolymers provide superior insulation, durability, efficiency and protection for products such as lithium batteries, fuel cells and wiring used in sustainable technology such as solar panels, wind turbines and more. Fuel cells use fluoropolymer membranes to convert hydrogen into electricity, which is essential to expanding the use of clean hydrogen energy. Additionally, fluoropolymers are used in automobile components such as fuel lines, hoses and O-rings, thus making them more durable and longer lasting to help prevent leaks and breakdowns while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. components are manufactured.
Chemistry for a blue planet
At AGC Chemicals Americas, we know that it is possible to protect the Earth and advance human progress at the same time. Through our chemistry for the promise of a blue planet, we pledge to use our chemical technology to create a world that is not only safe, secure and comfortable but also environmentally friendly. We know that chemistry has the power to achieve these goals.
Our mission is to reduce environmental impact by supplying the chemicals needed to create products that contribute to sustainability. In addition, we strive to continue to develop and improve manufacturing processes that save energy and reduce environmental pollution. To learn more about our solutions, contact an AGC representative.