Considering the EPA Safer Choice Standard?

Posted by Alexes Morgan on Jan 6, 2021 5:22:09 PM

What is Safer Choice Standard?

Safer Choice is an optional labeling program established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the 1990's. It encourages cleaning product manufacturers to use chemicals that take into consideration the environment and human health. A new logo came out in 2015 making it easier for consumers to identify products that meet the standards.

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What Makes a Product "Green"

Posted by Alexes Morgan on Jan 6, 2021 5:19:41 PM

Sustainability is a growing global trend. 

Green products vary from industry to industry. "Green" is an umbrella term describing how a product is better for the environment. In HI&I cleaning products, green refers to being mindful of human and environmental health.

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Why Formulate With Human and Environmental Health in Mind?

Posted by Alexes Morgan on Jan 6, 2021 5:19:26 PM

2020 will have a lasting impact on household, industrial and institutional cleaning. Formulating cleaners that are mindful of human and environmental health can help your company stay ahead of:

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Meeting 1,4-Dioxane Regulations

Posted by Alexes Morgan on Dec 30, 2020 4:06:18 PM

1,4-Dioxane, a likely human carcinogen classified by the U.S. EPA, is created as a byproduct during the manufacture of ethoxylated chemicals like surfactants. In efforts to restrict exposure and reduce contamination levels in water systems, New York signed into law limiting manufacturers of household cleaning products to 2ppm, by December 31, 2022, and 1ppm, by December 31, 2023. 

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What is Exilva Microfibrillated Cellulose (MFC)

Posted by Ted McClure on Sep 19, 2019 10:54:37 AM

Exilva is a new type of bio-based additive, tailored to improve performance in waterborne and polar product systems. The many benefits Exilva can deliver include improved performance in anti-settling and anti-sedimentation through improved yield stress, versatility and flexibility in formulations through robustness to shear, pH and temperature, as well as improving the sustainability profile.

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How Do You Chelate?

Posted by Scot Wahl on Jun 13, 2018 10:16:49 AM

One of the primary elements of the detergents and cleaners are chelating agents. Chelating agents complex calcium hardness and metal ions such as iron.  Chelation is a widespread process that occurs in nature. Processes naturally involving complexing agents are photosynthesis in plants, and oxygen transport in all animals. Synthetic chelants act in the same way as biological complexing agents by bonding to problematic metal ions.

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Diacid 1550—stabilizing emulsions, preventing corrosion and increasing lubricity for more than 40 years.

Posted by Buck Evans on Apr 13, 2018 2:57:38 PM


Diacid 1550 is a multifunctional product made from sustainable materials and renewable resources. It is resistant to bioactivity, yet still biodegradable. It is globally recognized in the metalworking fluid industry as an excellent co-emulsifier with sulfonates in soluble, semisynthetic and synthetic metalworking formulations. Diacid 1550 also offers corrosion inhibition to protect various surfaces and increased lubrication, particularly in aluminum forming applications, which truly makes it a multifaceted product. Adding Diacid 1550 to your formulation provides corrosion inhibition, co-emulsification and excellent lubrication—ultimately helping you do more with less.

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Topics: Lubricants, HI&I

Need Preservatives for Your HI&I Applications?

Posted by Scot Wahl on Apr 6, 2018 10:49:13 AM

To provide effective antimicrobial activity in your aqueous formulations, the LANXESS Material Production Products Group has numerous chemistries to help preserve your products. LANXESS preservatives can be used in detergents, cleaners, floor polishes and waxes, and textiles. Sea-Land Chemical Company distributes these LANXESS preservatives for HI&I applications.

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Topics: HI&I, Technical Corner

Sasol NACOL® Ethers

Posted by Ted McClure on Sep 12, 2017 1:46:05 PM

Are you frustrated by the instability of d-limonene supply and pricing? Are the markets available to you limited by d-limonene’s low flash point, high VOC levels and sensitization potential? Sea-Land Chemical Company is now marketing the Nacol® brand of dialkyl ethers from Sasol Performance Chemicals. Sasol employs over 30,000 people in 33 countries and is currently building a large manufacturing complex in Lake Charles, LA. 

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Topics: HI&I, Technical Corner, Ethers