Award for bio-ethylene oxide plant

Croda International has been awarded the ICIS Surfactants Award for Sustainability for their new pioneering bio-ethylene oxide plant.

Croda, who make ingredients and technologies that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere, were nominated for their bio-ethylene oxide plant at their Atlas Point manufacturing site in North America. The plant enables the manufacture of 100% renewable ethoxylates and is the first of its kind within the United States. It will produce a new range of ECO surfactants that are 100% renewable, 100% bio-based, have lower carbon footprint than petrochemically derived ingredients and a performance identical to that of petrochemical alternatives.

The awards, which took place at the ICIS World Surfactants Conference, recognise excellence and innovation within the surfactants industry. The sustainability award focuses on contributions to the field of sustainability either through a product, process or supply chain. Surfactants, more specifically ethoxylates, are used in a range of industries, from Personal Care and Home Care to Lubricants and Crop Care with all industries facing increasing consumer demand for products with higher bio-based renewable content while maintaining high performance. This new ECO plant replaces the use of petrochemical based ethylene oxide with bio-ethanol derived from corn.

Terry Thistlethwaite, vice president Sustainability, Croda said: “This award showcases another example of how we are committed to enabling our customers to meet the increasing demands of consumers for more environmentally sustainable and bio-based products. Sustainability is a key part of our Business and this new plant is a demonstration of our commitment to investing in innovative and sustainable solutions.”

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