Arkema Product Earns USDA Biobased Certification
Specialty chemicals company Arkema recently announced that one of its products has been approved to carry the United States Department of Agriculture Certified Biobased Product label. According to the release, SYNAQUA 4856 alkyd is made from 97% biobased raw materials, which come from byproducts of Nordic foresting.
The biobased label confirms that the percentage of renewable biobased content is certified and monitored by the USDA, as part of the USDA-led BioPreferred Program to assist with development and expansion of products derived from plants and other forestry rather than petroleum-based products offered on the market.
Arkema’s waterborne binder is APEO, ammonia, solvent and plasticizer free. Using the product in interior wall paint and primer formulations reportedly offers benefits for matte and gloss paints such as low VOC capabilities, good hardness, yellowing resistance, good whiteness, high gloss (where desired) and good drying.
“The USDA certified biobased label guarantees customers that SYNAQUA 4856 alkyd contains a USDA-verified amount of renewable biological ingredients, and it offers all the benefits of conventional products in terms of cost, availability and performance,” said Chantal Roidot, Global Marketing Manager for Architectural Coatings at Arkema.
“As an industry champion of sustainability, SYNAQUA 4856 alkyd is just one of Arkema’s cutting-edge solutions and value-added sustainably engineered products intended to meet customers' performance and sustainability needs.”
Arkema reports that it focuses on key aspects of its sustainability and innovation research to eliminate HAPs and other hazardous materials. This includes biobased product solutions using renewable raw materials to produce green chemicals and bioplastics.
“Sustainable solutions are at the core of Arkema's R&D strategy and are driven by our commitment to sustainable innovation,” said Virginie Delcroix, Vice President, Sustainable Development. “The development of new sustainable products is based on five innovation platforms: lightweight materials and design, electronic solutions, new energies, home efficiency and insulation, and natural resources management. Our biobased products are a key component of our pioneering and sustainable solutions that meet a real market demand.”