20 Jun '11, 2pm

Paint Made From Recycled Bottles Wins Green Chemistry Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a green chemistry award today to the Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) for an innovative new paint formulation that utilizes soybean oil and recycled plastic bottles (PET). In manufacturing the new paint formula, Sherwin-Williams says it has used 320,000 pounds of soybean oil, 250,000 pounds of PET, and eliminated 1,000 barrels of oil. Sherwin-Williams is recognized in the Designing Greener Chemicals category for Water-Based Acrylic Alkyd Technology. (WBAAT) Oil-based "alkyd" paints have high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC) that can become air pollutants as the paint dries. But the new Sherwin-Williams product is a water-based acrylic alkyd paint, made from soybean oil and recycled plastic bottles. Sherman-Williams says the blend cuts VOC content by 60% . The company estimates that in 2010 - the product's fi...

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