For Lanxess AG, it's out with the old and in with the more sustainable.
The German chemicals supplier said that, as of Oct. 1, it would work to transition customers to "more sustainable"alternatives.
The Mesamoll plasticizer, which Lanxess will distribute beginning next month, has a "significantly reduced" product carbon footprint. The replacement additives, the company added, are "phthalate-free, well-gelling and exceptionally saponification-resistant."
The products can be applied for a wide range of polymers, including rubber, PVC and polyurethane systems.
According to Lanxess, more than 30 percent of the input materials will come from "fully sustainable sources" resulting in a reduced product carbon footprint of around 20 percent. As the product carbon footprint reduction is calculated via mass balance, the switchover will have "no impact on the product quality or performance of the additives," Lanxess said.