Verdant Wins ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Competition

After a vigorous five month competition against some of the most innovative companies from around the world, Verdant emerged victorious from the American Chemical Society’s 2015 Green Chemistry & Engineering conference in Washington D.C. with a $10000 Grand Prize. The technologies vying for recognition ranged from biofuel to bionomics. We extend the greatest respect to our competitors, all of whom are making very impressive strides toward a common goal.

Verdant presented a system capable of refining complex mixtures of chemical waste back into pure, reusable chemicals. The economic viability of process was the key to victory – separating the chemicals in just a few steps with a yield above 90%.  But the greatest breakthrough is the message it sends to industry.

Firstly, and most significantly: is that green technology is good for business. Heavily regulated industries tend to view green technology with trepidation – the perception being that it will be burdensome, less efficient, and more expensive. But this belief grows farther from the truth each day, as more efficient technologies are developed and perfected. Although politics frequently portrays them as opposing forces, more often than not, the goals of industry and green technology align. Whether for environmental preservation or improved profits, the methods are the same: improve efficiency, reduce waste, and optimize supply lines.

The best way to encourage adoption of green technology is through the diplomacy of a better bottom line. In this regard, science can do more than policy could ever dare to hope, and Verdant’s recycling technology delivers precisely that. It provides industry the means to save money by reducing expensive hazardous waste disposal and purchasing fewer chemicals. And it has the environmental potential to prevent up to a third of global waste from reaching incinerators and underground wells, while reducing the fuel intensive demand for hazardous chemical shipping.

The second message expands on this: the only difference between natural resources and global waste is 250 years’ experience with industrial refining technology. What we call our natural resources today are simply the waste products of the past. When viewed under a different lens, a problem can become an opportunity. So if we may be permitted to adjust your perception, the reality is quite sublime: our global waste is now our largest natural resource. All that remains left to us, is to continue mastering its refinement.