The Objectives of the Cap Eco ?
- Reduce our chemical compounds from petrochemicals and try to use bio-based products (mostly from plants)
- Dealing with our waste in a sensible way. Remove possible waste. Minimise, recycle or revalue unavoidable waste.
- Reduce our energy consumption (water, electricity, etc.) or switch to less polluting solutions.
- Limit our consumption of solvents or replace our acetone-type solvents with ecologically neutral solvents. Like vegetable oils, which have no danger pictograms and are therefore neutral for users and can be distilled and therefore reused.
- Giving a second life to our products by recycling or revaluing them.
Some principles of green chemistry :
Green chemistry aims to design and develop chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and synthesis of environmentally harmful substances.
- Prevention: the production of waste must be avoided at all costs and therefore minimisation must be considered as soon as the processes are put in place.
- Designing safer chemicals: developing products that are as non-toxic as possible.
- The use of less polluting solvents and auxiliaries: use harmless auxiliaries as much as possible rather than synthetic auxiliaries such as solvents.
- The search for the best energy efficiency: energy expenditure must be considered in terms of its impact on the environment and on the economy and must therefore be as minimal as possible.
- The use of renewable resources: using renewable raw materials or natural resources rather than non-renewable fossil materials.
- Designing products for degradation: products are designed with the intention that they become harmless, biodegradable or recyclable waste.
- Real-time observation to prevent pollution: the observation and monitoring of ongoing operations must make it possible to detect the formation of potential dangerous products.
- The implementation of a more reliable chemistry: the choice of substances and their physical state must be made scrupulously to avoid all risks.
Green chemistry is a new approach to the problems posed by industrial chemical activities.
Until now, we have sought to minimise exposure to hazards by controlling toxic substances at all stages of the process: handling, use, treatment and disposal.
Green chemistry allows us to treat problems at the source by developing processes that are safe!
There are of course barriers to its development on a global scale. Commercial activity requires profitability and a green process will only replace a traditional polluting process if its return on investment is sufficiently rapid. This requires offsetting the costs of the old method and the implementation of the new process.
The general idea is to maintain the performance of the products while modifying the formula to ennoble it.
The main challenge for Proople’s R&D department is now to develop processes that also have an economic advantage over traditional processes to be adopted by industry.