A growing share of bio-based and biodegradable products and circular raw materials

We work together with customers, suppliers, universities, and other partners to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that have smaller footprints or enable our customers to be more sustainable. These include a growing share of bio-based and biodegradable products and recently introduced, circular raw materials.

Eco-Premium Solutions

Our Eco-Premium Solutions are products that offer significant sustainability benefits over mainstream alternatives in the market while providing the same or better functionality. These benefits can apply to several specific criteria (e.g. toxicity, energy use, use of natural resources, emissions and waste, land use, risks, health). When making comparisons, we ensure that our solution does not have adverse effects on any of the other criteria.

When developing these solutions, we put special focus on delivering environmental benefits, as well as direct benefits to our customers’ operations. Examples are bio-based polymers and Dissolvine®, readily biodegradable chelating agents for more sustainable detergents.

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In 2020, 37% of our revenue came from the sale of Eco-Premium Solutions and 23% of our revenue came from Eco-Premium Solutions with a direct customer benefit.
In 2020, 37% of our revenue came from the sale of Eco-Premium Solutions and 23% of our revenue came from Eco-Premium Solutions with a direct customer benefit.

We invest in Innovation for more sustainable solutions

>30

partnerships with universities, customers, and institutes

70%

of R&D pipeline is focused on solutions with sustainability benefits

>2,000

individual patents covering key developments in 60 countries

Anti-viral and environmentally friendly paint

Anti-microbial agents in paints and other materials can play a key role in helping to keep surfaces clean and safe, for example in hospitals. The challenge is to ensure that these antimicrobial agents are not harmful to the environment.

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Innovating sustainable solutions

A number of societal trends are driving demand and presenting opportunities for our sustainable solutions. These include a growing and aging population, a rising and increasingly health conscious middle class, climate change, and natural resource preservation. For example, our solutions help increase crop yields and improve crop quality; make products more biodegradable and easier to recycle; make buildings and vehicles more energy efficienct; and increase the durability of bridges and wind turbines.

Learn more how we provide sustainable solutions for many everyday products in our animated experience.

Nouryon World

Learn more in our animated experience "Nouryon's World of Essential and Sustainable Solutions".
Learn more in our animated experience "Nouryon's World of Essential and Sustainable Solutions".

Building on our expertise

We use our expertise and collaboration with customers and other partners to develop sustainable, innovative, and high performing new products that meet the needs of our customers and society in an increasingly sustainable way.

Examples include  our range of biodegradable and bio-based products, including chelating agents, surfactants, and polymers based on natural materials as well as acquisition of JM Huber’s CMC business enhanced our portfolio and technical capabilities in the field of cellulosic derivatives

We also focus on improvements in product and process safety, and offer product innovations with benefits for our customers and the environment aimed at reducing waste, wastewater, and emissions to air, increasing yields as well as reducing energy consumption.

Examples from our growing sustainable portfolio

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Biodegradable binders and adjuvants

We have developed a biodegradable binder for seed treatment and encapsulation technology for actives and sustainable adjuvants. For instance, Adsee AMP40, a salt-free, biodegradable, all-in-one adjuvant that offers a more cost-efficient solution to customers in the global agricultural market.

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Sustainable hairstyling

For more than 40 years, we have been a leader in the personal care industry by supplying a wide range of technologies that deliver proven performance for styling formulation needs – from polymers and biopolymers to eco-friendly propellants for hair aerosol-based products and improving current solutions to meet demand for “silicon-free” products. 

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Water-soluble polymer

We have released a bio-based water-soluble polymer with applications in personal care, mining, food, and pharma. For example, our CMC anionic water soluble polymers FINNFIX provides surface active benefits to laundry application in form of anti-redeposition. Anti-redeposition ensures that the dirt which has been removed from soiled clothes will not re-attach to the clean surface.

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Biodegradable laundry polymers and dishwasher pods

As a leaders in biopolymer and natural oil derivatives, we have developed and commercialized biodegradable polymers for liquid laundry detergents and automatic dishwasher pods. These polymers replace persistent, petroleum-based ingredients with biodegradable, natural offsets to enable customers to meet aggressive sustainability goals. Examples include synthetic film formers and synthetic thickeners. 

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Green DME

Green DME (Dimethyl Ether) is an eco-friendly propellant for aerosol products with a reduced carbon footprint; a special solution for which we have partners in the chain to support your needs. Green DME has the same properties as DME, with the main difference being the origin of feedstock used to produce DME (Bio-Methanol).

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Green chelates

Cleaning products suppliers and manufacturers continue to face the challenge of developing formulations that are safer for people and the environment. A key challenge is finding replacements for phosphates. Green chelating agents, also known as chelants or sequestering agents, offer effective, sustainable alternatives.

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Biodegradable film-forming polymer

SolAmazeTM is a bio-based, biodegradable film-forming product for use in high sun protection factor emulsion sunscreens which addresses the fast-growing demand for natural and clean label ingredients in personal care products and helps prevent skin cancer from harmful UV rays.

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Biodegradable dispersants

We offer sustainable solutions for the agricultural market, such as a Agrilan 1015, a biodegradable and multifunctional dispersant that can replace less sustainable products in water-based crop protection and seed treatment formulations.

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VOC-free paint additive

Our Ethylan EF-60 is a volatile organic carbon (VOC)-free additive for premium waterborne paint products which delivers freeze thaw stability; enables low-odor, safe formulations; and enhances appearance without compromising performance or finish.

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Lightweight Packaging

Packaging is today’s largest source of consumer waste and Expancel® thermally-expandable microspheres enable flexible, form fitting solutions that reduce fiber content and increase impact resistance while improving recyclability. We also offer proprietary bio-based microspheres.

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Anti-microbial agents

Our Arquad® eco-friendly antimicrobial and antiviral additives inhibits bacteria and microbial growth, de-activates influenza and other viruses, provides anti-fungal efficacy and enhances in-can preservation. It has an excellent sustainability profile (e.g., no classification and/or hazard labelling is needed in the end-product). For example, Arquad® GS enables the formulation of anti-viral, environmentally friendly paints with excellent sustainability profiles and premium product attributes.

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Renewable textile fibers

We help our customer develop their recycling chemistry. Focusing on more sustainable textiles, we have partnered with Renewcell to provide specialty chemicals and engineering solutions for a new textile recycling plant in Sweden. 

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Plastics recycling

We discovered that our polymer catalysts can adjust the properties of mechanicallly recycled polymers, allowing them to be upscaled and used in applications now reserved for new virgin polymer streams. Our products also help retain high quality in finished products made from recycled plastics.

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Bio-based alternatives to solvents

We offer bio-based alternatives to formulation solvents used in agriculture and target partnerships in emerging markets to increase supply capabilities. We also aligning supply chain on sustainable palm and coconut production, with R&D driving specifications and quality assurance.

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Sustainable Agriculture: Helping the world’s farmers cultivate a better tomorrow

How can higher quantities of food be produced for a growing population? How can depleted soil be rejuvenated for reuse?

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A closer look....energy saving cool-roof coatings

We combined our Expancel (expandable microspheres) and Levasil (colloidal silica) technologies to create a concept for cool roof coatings. This combination makes it possible for customers to produce coatings that resist dirt and are highly reflective.

The higher reflectivity reduces absorption of heat into buildings, which means less need for cooling, increased energy efficiency, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. These coatings can reduce heat absorption by 80% and decrease roof temperatures by roughly 30 degrees Celsius vs traditional dark roofs.

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A closer look....sustainable pulp production

We are the largest global supplier of sodium chlorate and the leading supplier of chlorine dioxide generators and chemical islands to the global pulp industry. We are also committed to continually delivering pioneering solutions to the global pulp and paper industry. Learn more about our pioneering solution for the pulp and paper industry and the benefits of our Integrated Manufacturing Model (Chemical islands):

  • Energy from the pulp mill by-products (biomass) used in production of chlorate
  • Less transport
  • Lower carbon footprint
  • Safer

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Keep aiming high

Our sustainability achievements place Nouryon in the top percentile of companies rated by EcoVadis. As one of our values states, ‘We aim high’ as a company and therefore we have our sights set on further improving our sustainability performance.

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Sustainable hairstyling

We deliver proven performance for styling formulation needs – from polymers and biopolymers to eco-friendly propellants for hair aerosol-based products and improving current solutions to meet demand for “silicon-free” products. 

Learn more

Biodegradable binders and adjuvants

We have developed a biodegradable binder for seed treatment, encapsulation technology for actives and sustainable adjuvants. Our Adsee AMP40, a salt-free, biodegradable, all-in-one adjuvant offers a cost-efficient solution to customers in the global agricultural market.

Learn more

 

Water-soluble polymer

We have released a bio-based water-soluble polymer with applications in personal care, mining, food, and pharma. For example, our CMC anionic water soluble polymers FINNFIX provides surface active benefits to laundry application in form of anti-redeposition.

Learn more

 

Eco-friendly propellants
Eco-friendly propellants

Sustainable hairstyling

We deliver proven performance for styling formulation needs – from polymers and biopolymers to eco-friendly propellants for hair aerosol-based products and improving current solutions to meet demand for “silicon-free” products. 

Learn more

Biodegradable binders and adjuvants
Biodegradable binders and adjuvants

Biodegradable binders and adjuvants

We have developed a biodegradable binder for seed treatment, encapsulation technology for actives and sustainable adjuvants. Our Adsee AMP40, a salt-free, biodegradable, all-in-one adjuvant offers a cost-efficient solution to customers in the global agricultural market.

Learn more