- Created on Wednesday, 03 October 2007 03:01
- Written by Staff
The Design for the Environment Program has identified safer alternative surfactants through its partnership work with industry and environmental advocates. These safer alternatives are comparable in cost and are readily available.
The SDSI initiative is designed to promote green chemistry through informed substitution of safer surfactants
Safer surfactants are surfactants that break down quickly to non-polluting compounds. Nonylphenol ethoxylates, commonly referred to as NPEs, are an example of a surfactant class that does not meet this definition. Both NPEs and their breakdown products, such as nonylphenol, are toxic to aquatic life.
SDSI complements the Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Nonylphenol. These criteria are designed to protect aquatic life in both fresh and saltwater and can form the basis for state and tribal water quality standards.
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