GC3 Sustainable Chemistry Alliance

CapitolThe GC3 Sustainable Chemistry Alliance is a diverse group of companies reflecting the entire breadth of the sustainable chemistry value chain. We are chemical producers, biochemicals and biomaterials makers, major beauty and consumer products brands and prominent retailers. Our brands are recognized globally, as are our commitments to sustainability. As the Alliance we are advocates for U.S. leadership in innovation, production and use of sustainable chemicals.    

As chemistry is intrinsic to virtually all products, a very broad swath of the US economy is engaged in the development of sustainable chemistry, including academia, small startups, major chemical producers, small to large commercial and consumer products companies and retailers of all sizes who provide those products to the public. The GC3 Sustainable Chemistry Alliance represents this entire value chain and is focused on policies that can accelerate the development and scale of new sustainable chemistry processes and products. Current Alliance members include: Dow, LEGO Group, P&G, BASF, Solugen, Reckitt, Cargill, Novozymes, and Levi Strauss & Co. 

Sustainable chemistry innovation can offer improved human and ecological health profiles, enhanced energy efficiency, reduced environmental emissions and reduced waste generation while delivering high-quality products at competitive cost. Both commercial and consumer markets are clamoring for more sustainable chemistry in everyday products, sparking global competition to meet these growing demands. Effective policy can help to ensure US companies and workers seize this innovation challenge and manufacturing opportunity.

Defining Sustainable Chemistry

In support of the Sustainable Chemistry R&D Act, the GC3 Sustainable Chemistry Alliance created a consensus definition of sustainable chemistry that was supported by Alliance members in 2019. The definition is supportive of new innovations and encompasses not only research and development but commercialization and adoption. 

The term “sustainable chemistry” includes the design, development, demonstration, commercialization and/or use of chemicals and materials that: ​

  • Are less toxic to human health and the environment ​
  • Have lower energy consumption and related emissions ​
  • Have reduced natural resource impacts ​
  • Include optimized product design that results in the reduction of waste and the reuse or recycling of chemicals and materials across the product lifecycle ​

Products of sustainable chemistry demonstrate improvements in at least one of these properties, without significant degradation in another property, in their production, use, and/or end of life as compared to chemicals and materials in similar use. ​

For more information contact Jenny MacKellar (jenny@greenchemistryandcommerce.org).