A Flammability and Toxicity Challenge

Who: A large California spa manufacturer. What: A low-VOC, non-flammable wood stain. How: The client was on the verge of being shut down by the local fire department. They were unable to control problems with spontaneous combustion caused by their solvent-based wood staining operation. The company was also being investigated by the California Environmental Protection Agency for air … Continued

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An Air Quality Challenge

Who: A Northwest yacht manufacturer. What: Low-VOC, water-based stain and polyurethane wood finish products. How: The client was having problems with toxic air emissions, using solvent-based varnishes and stains to finish the inside wood surfaces in their yachts. The toxic fumes were causing problems for their employees. Although the painters were reluctant to switch to a new technology and … Continued

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A Glass Recycling Challenge

Who: State of Washington and the Clean Washington Center. What: Use recycled glass as filler in elastomeric roof coating systems. How: Supported by funding from the State, Eco Chemical™ researched and developed an exterior coating system called Eco GlassCoat – 50% of the solid content was made with recycled glass. This environmentally-sound coating was waterborne, nonflammable in a … Continued

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An Industry-wide Product Color and Appearance Challenge

Who: Pressure treated lumber manufacturers. What: Provide an attractive, durable wood stain finish for pressure treated wood. How: In the mid 1990’s, the pressure treated lumber industry on the west coast was searching for a way to provide a more attractive appearance for their products. Remember when pressure-treated lumber was green instead of reddish-brown? They needed a solution … Continued

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A Large Scale Package Recycling Challenge

Who: Wood product manufacturers. What: Create a solution to reduce shipping costs and packaging waste for paints and stains used in manufacturing. How: Eco Chemical™ tackled the problem first by manufacturing and shipping our stain and other coatings in a highly-concentrated state. This substantially reduced shipping costs and related fossil fuel consumption per gallon of working solution. Additionally, Eco … Continued

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