23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry | June 11 - 13, 2019

Challenges and Opportunities for Closing the Loop on Apparel and Footwear

Organizer: John Frazier, Senior Technical Director, Hohenstein Institute America

Material and chemical manufacturers are redefining what they make, how they make it, and how their inputs impact the processes and footprint for creating consumer and industrial products. Greener, more sustainable materials, chemistry and engineering are widely embraced as the way to create and deliver high performance products, minimize environmental impacts, and advance circular life cycles. This session will discuss the challenges the industry faces for closing the loop on materials, recognize some of the barriers, and highlight some of the efforts and wins already occurring. In this session, material, chemical and process innovations transforming end of life considerations for textiles and footwear. Papers describing research efforts and commercial successes in closing the loop in the apparel and footwear as well as in the automotive, home furnishings, and electronics accessories sectors are requested.

Regenerative Design of Chemical Products and Materials for Consumer Goods

Organizers: Martin Wolf, Director, Sustainability & Authenticity, Seventh Generation, Inc., Burlington, VT, USA; Tom Burns, Staff Scientist, Novozymes North America, Inc., Franklinton, NC, USA

The current consumer goods market represents significant environmental impact. As environmental awareness has evolved, a continuum of sustainability practices has been proposed that goes from reduction of negative environmental impacts on one end, to environmental sustainability and environmental restoration, to system regeneration and the creation of truly positive environmental impacts on the other end. The basics of “Regenerative Design” are to develop systems and products that create “even better conditions to support the life-enhancing qualities of ecosystems.”

This symposium will consider ways using regenerative design principles and frameworks for reducing overall impacts and improving sustainability profiles of consumer goods and related products.

We invite speakers from various organizations to discuss how concepts from agriculture, architecture, environmental ecology, industrial ecology, and forestry can be applied to consider whether engineered and chemical materials, processes, and product systems can truly be made not just “less bad” but “net positive.”

A particular focus of this symposium will be on systems and processes related to personal care and home care consumer products.

Implementing Green and Sustainable Chemistry in the Semiconductor and Electronics Supply Chain

Organizers: Michael Kirschner, President, Design Chain Associates, LLC, San Francisco, CA, USA; Leo. T. Kenny, Ph.D., Senior Sustainability and Environmental Technologist and Principal, Planet Singular, Pleasanton, CA, USA

Integrating green and sustainable chemistry concepts into the electronics industry’s development and implementation gestalt is a challenge but is rife with opportunities:

  • How do we expand the industry’s green and sustainable chemistry capabilities?
  • Where can we build on what is already working, integrating materials design (or replacement, alternatives assessment) across the technology life cycle, preferably into existing systems, while minimizing the creation of new processes?
  • What research/development in materials and processes is being done and how can we drive its adoption?
  • How do we identify opportunities to precompetitively work together and leverage academic and research entities?
  • Overlap with other manufacturing industries occurs upstream within the supply chain – can we identify opportunities to co-develop?
  • How can we educate a non-chemistry-focused industry to drive demand for greener and more sustainable chemistry in its upstream supply chain?

This session will explore these areas and others.

Product Showcase: Delivering Green Chemistry to the Market

Organizers: Richard Blackburn, Associate Professor, Textiles Technology Group Leader, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK; John Frazier, Senior Technical Director, Hohenstein Institute, Portland, OR, USA; Christiana Briddell, Communications Manager, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Washington, DC, USA

Integrated into our popular GC&E Poster Session & Reception, the Showcase will feature companies who are using the design principles of green chemistry and engineering to create or contribute to innovative products. Participating companies will present a “hands-on” display of the product and describe the products greener technical innovations.

For your abstract to be considered for presentation the following must be included:

  • Describe how the principles of green chemistry and green engineering were used in the creation of the product.
  • Describe how the product improves the health, safety and/or environmental impact compared to existing products.
  • Describe the scientific or process innovations that went into this product.
  • Include a picture or link to your product.

If you are a B2B, please give an example of an end consumer product.