Eastman's new solvent effective, environmentally friendly

Eastman has released a biodegradable solvent, butyl 3-hydroxybutyrate, that could change the cleaning industry, according to Chemical Week. Martin Vince, a formulation chemist with LizMar, said about 30% of his business comes from companies seeking greener materials. The solvent outperformed others in tests and made it onto the Environmental Protection Agency's Safer Chemical Ingredients List.

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