Promoting Green Chemistry Innovation

The GC3, now Change Chemistry, Collaborative Innovation Program is developing new collaborative models for advancing green chemistry innovation to bring new, safer chemicals and materials to market and encourage their adoption. 

Many Change Chemistry members need novel, safe, effective, and perhaps even natural chemical ingredients or materials for their products. These members are willing to set aside their competitive instincts to collaboratively search for, evaluate, and push to market new green chemicals and materials. Collaboration makes particular sense when the target chemical or material is: 

  1. Common to products sold by multiple companies; 

  1. Necessary for the product but does not confer competitive advantage for the product 

  1. Where there are regulatory or market pressures that call for action. 


Change Chemistry, has developed many collaborative innovation models such as those below. 

Silicone Chemistry Alternatives for Cosmetics and Personal Care 

Chemical suppliers and cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers within the Change Chemistry membership worked collaboratively to create a document to inform the development of green chemistry alternatives to silicone chemistry for cosmetic and personal care products.  

The EU Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) Candidate List for Substances of Very High Concern list contains: 

  • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) 

  • Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) 

  • Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6)  

This designation and subsequent restriction of the chemicals in wash-off products has resulted in a market need for alternatives to these widely utilized components. A survey of cosmetics and personal care product manufacturers has shown that although these manufacturers generally prioritize cyclic siloxane replacements, alternatives for all silicone chemistries were significant considerations. 
GC3, now Change Chemistry, does not make comments on the environmental impact of D4, D5, D6, or silicones. This project addresses the market need to identify alternatives to silicone chemistries. Therefore, consistent with the mission of Change Chemistry, these alternatives were identified using the principles of green chemistry. 
Learn more about the Change Chemistry’s silicone specification document with this one-page summary. 

Collaborative Challenge on Preservatives for Personal Care and Household Products

In May 2018, the GC3, now Change Chemistry, completed a collaboratively funded, designed, and executed preservatives challenge. There were 20 sponsors (including product companies, retailers, and suppliers), 48 submissions, and seven finalists for highly successful outcomes. Sponsors are now working toward partnerships with the innovators to evaluate their preservatives for use in their products or for co-development, licensing, or investment, to commercialize and scale the preservatives. The GC3 continues its work on preservatives by supporting the joint work between the innovators and sponsors, identifying new innovators and connecting them to our sponsors and other GC3 members. 

Need Statement & Development Criteria Document

The GC3 convened a group of 12 consumer goods companies to collaboratively develop the Need Statement & Development Criteria for New Preservatives for Personal Care & Household Products, which contains technical, health, and environmental criteria to inform the development and evaluation of new preservatives by solution providers. These criteria broadcast the need for new, safe preservatives and encouraged their development and commercialization. The document stimulated significant discussion and activity within and between supplier and consumer goods companies. 

Collaborative Hazard Assessment of Chemical Alternatives

The GC3 developed and led a collaborative effort to evaluate safer alternatives to a known toxic phthalate plasticizer used in wire & cable applications -- DEHP di(2-ethyl hexyl phthalate). The project generated robust chemical alternatives assessment to support substitution decision-making by GC3 companies and their supply chain partners by pooling knowledge, data, and funds. The project report Chemical Hazard Assessments of Alternative Plasticizers for Wire & Cable Applications summarizes the results and links to detailed chemical hazard assessments for nine plasticizers. 

Advancing Green Chemistry Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry: The GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable's Research Grant Program

Julie Manley, Guiding Green LLC & Coordinator of the ACS, Green Chemistry Institute's Pharmaceutical Roundtable

The American Chemical Society (ACS) GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable began in 2005 as a non-competitive partnership between the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® and pharmaceutical corporations to promote green chemistry & engineering in the global pharmaceutical industry. Fifteen pharmaceuticalrelated companies collaborated through the Roundtable to identify critical, pre-competitive green chemistry and engineering research needs and pool their resources to fund university research to meet these needs. In a webinar, Julie Manley, Guiding Green LLC; Roundtable members from Eli Lilly and Pfizer; and researchers from UCLA, UMass Boston and Michigan State provided an overview of the Roundtable and the grant program, highlighting goals, accomplishments, examples, how they prioritize research, and handle intellectual property. 

InnoCentive: Using Crowdsourcing to Solve Green Chemistry Challenges & Create New Market Opportunities

Alph Bingham, Founder & Board Member, InnoCentive

As companies seek to develop safer chemicals and materials for their products and production processes, some are turning to crowdsourced open innovation “challenges” to create new markets and solve problems more quickly and cost effectively. Challenge driven innovation (CDI) enables organizations to harness diverse and creative on-demand talent when needed. Commercial enterprises, government agencies, and not-for-profits embrace CDI. Dr. Alph Bingham, Founder & Board Member of InnoCentive, explained how CDI can fit within the broader tapestry of innovation and R&D efforts and provided examples of how CDI is applied to solve chemistry and sustainability challenges. 

Accelerating Commercialization of Green Chemistry Technologies at GreenCentre Canada

Rui Resendes, Executive Director, GreenCentre Canada

Formed in 2009, GreenCentre Canada has an impressive track record of commercializing early- stage green chemistry inventions that originate from academia and small to mid-sized companies. This green chemistry-focused organization employs a unique business model that takes commercially relevant green chemistry ideas out of the lab and into commercial applications. Rui Resendes, Executive Director of the Centre, discussed their business model and the Centre’s successes, challenges, and future directions. 

Professor Kaichang Li: Successes and Lessons from a Serial Green Chemistry Innovator

Kaichang Li, Professor, Oregon State University

Kaichang Li, Professor of Wood Science & Engineering at Oregon State University, observed mussels tenaciously gripping rocks on the Oregon coast. Dr Li's observation led to further development and commercialization of a bio-based, formaldehyde-free adhesive to replace carcinogenic urea-formaldehyde resins in wood-based composite panels. This adhesive has revolutionized the forest products industry and is a green chemistry success story. Since then, Dr. Li has developed several other commercial products to solve some of the most important and difficult green chemistry challenges. In a webinar, members heard about Dr. Li’s successes, challenges, and insights into the opportunities and potential pitfalls of academic/industry innovation, co-development, and commercialization. 



Change Chemistry has multiple collaborative innovation projects going on. Contact us today to find out how you can get involved.