Biodegradable chelating agents


Biodegradable chelating agents for personal care and household products including dishwashing and laundry detergents. Biodegradable alternatives should have comparable performance to ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), and meet the US EPA Safer Choice criteria for chelating and sequesting agents (Design for the Environment Program Criteria for Chelating and Sequestering Agents, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2010.) (


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Technology Needs from Large Strategics

This green chemistry technology need was provided by the GC3. The GC3 requests green chemistry technology needs — specific, green chemical, material and/or product technologies for which they are actively seeking new green chemistry solutions — from its member companies. This information is used to select startups to pitch at the GC3 Technology Showcases and for collaborative innovation projects.

Alternative should replace:

Aminopolycarboxylates including ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)

Green Chemistry & Commerce Council - GC3
Technical Function: Chelating agent
Sector of Use: SUX2 - Household chemicals , SUX4 - Personal care and cosmetics
Legal requirements, standards and third party labels: Safer Choice (previously Design for the Environment)

Company name: Green Chemistry & Commerce Council - GC3
Contact name: Julie Manley


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