Sherwin-Williams has won the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) on behalf of the White House, recognizes Sherwin-Williams innovative new paint formulation that uses soybean oil and recycled plastic bottles and substantially reduces the use of volatile organic compounds.
Sherwin-Williams is being recognized in the Designing Greener Chemicals category for water-based acrylic alkyd technology. Oil-based alkyd paints have high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can become air pollutants as the paint dries. The new Sherwin-Williams water-based acrylic alkyd paint cuts VOC content by 60%. The technology has the potential to eliminate millions of pounds of VOC emissions while also recycling of millions of pounds of plastic bottles each year.