The EPA says it will continue to work with the 2016 winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Awards. The organization says that the technologies award-winners are developing and bringing to the marketplace will help to resolve environmental issues through reducing energy consumption, minimizing the use of dangerous chemicals and reducing the use of water. At the same time, green technologies often reduce manufacturing costs and stimulate investment according to the EPA.
Industrial biotech company Verdezyne is among the companies that is receiving recognition for its efforts. It has developed a yeast that is used to manufacture high performance nylon. The nylon has a wide variety of uses, and the manufacture of adhesives and coatings is among these. The yeast acts on plant-based material to produce the nylon, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and eliminating the need for concentrated nitric acid and high temperature processes. It has been approved for the USDA Certified Biobased label.