Woodbridge, Ontario -- Woodbridge Foam Corp. has won the 2010 Ontario Green Chemistry and Engineering Award from the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) and the Ministry of the Environment. The award was presented during the 3rd International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry, held 15-18 Aug 2010.
In his acceptance speech on 17 Aug, Robert Magee, chairman & ceo of The Woodbridge Group, noted the contribution of the group's "valuable customers, our joint venture partners around the world, our global suppliers and our strategic world polyurethane alliance."
Magee noted that "Green chemistry, sustainable development, managing with care the industrial carbon footprint and the continuous attempts to protect the environment have become the ideals of this century, the twenty-first century."
Woodbridge " fully embraced these ideals long before they became fashionable," he added.
The Canadian polyurethane foamer??s greener approach in polyurethane foam covers the following issues
1. Compliance with the Montreal Protocol.
2. Elimination of hyperbrominated flame retardants, (FRs) used for many years as the FRs of choice for polyurethane foam.
3. Elimination of heavy metals.
4. Elimination of chlorinated solvents and hazardous additives.
5. New, safer and zero emission chemistry and process -- branded EMT, exotherm management technology -- for manufacturing low-density slabstock foam.
6. The reshaping of an industry: renewable resource, green chemistries and the second industrial revolution with bio-polyols.
7. Elimination of fibreglass in composites.
8. Recycling of plastics/rubber
9. Continuous reduction and attempts to eliminate emission of volatiles.