The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given AkzoNobel's Dissolvine GL biodegradable and bio-based chelate its Design for the Environment (DfE) label
EPA awards the DfE designation only to chemicals that pass the strict DfE criteria after the agency's scientific team screens each ingredient for potential human health and environmental impacts. The DfE mark helps consumers and commercial businesses identify products that are determined to be effective and safe according to the DfE assessment program. Some 2,800 products have received the DfE designation.
Dissolvine GL is used as a builder for cleaners and detergents as an alternative to phosphates, nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA).
Derived predominantly from US-grown corn and readily biodegradable, Dissolvine GL is used by the leading makers of cleaning products as a chelating agent to control hard water ions. It is used in household detergents and dishwashing products, as well as in personal care and cosmetics products. In detergent it helps boost the cleaning power and is highly effective at stain removal, even at higher temperatures.
"We're pleased to receive this DfE designation and the recognition from the U.S. EPA that Dissolvine GL is green and performs highly effectively," said Prasanta Dutt, AkzoNobel's business manager for Functional Chemicals Chelates Americas. "Sustainability is a high priority for AkzoNobel and is integrated into every piece of our business, as evidenced by our number one ranking for the last two years on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and our commitment to have our eco-premium solutions deliver 20% of our revenues by 2020."
Manufactured in AkzoNobel's ISO 9001 and 14001 certified facilities, Dissolvine GL also earned certification as a biobased product in 2010 from the USDA.
More than a dozen AkzoNobel products have achieved DfE designation, including fabric softener Armosoft DEQ and Berol PBX, a formulated cleaning compound for carpets.