The ability to produce commercial quantities of chitin by means of safe, earth-friendly chemicals earned U.S.-based Mari Signum – MidAtlantic the prestigious “2018 Green Chemistry Challenge Award” from the American Chemical Society and its affiliate, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute.
Chitin is a polysaccharide polymer with non-toxic, antifungal, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic characteristics with seemingly limitless commercial applications in medicine, pharmaceuticals, crop improvement, water purification, and the creation of biodegradable plastics.
Mari Signum – MidAtlantic is unique for its use of non-toxic chemicals to extract chitin from exoskeletons of shrimp and potentially from any crustacean, insect, spider, or fungi. To date, commercial sources of chitin called “pulping” are forbidden in the United States and in most nations due to environmental concerns over the use of hazardous acid and caustic base reagents and the discharge of toxic waste.
The Mari Signum – MidAtlantic chitin process was pioneered at the research level by Dr. Robin Rogers and his team of exceptional chemists including Dr.Julia Shamshina among others at the University of Alabama. Mari Signum Ltd, the award recipient’s parent company, obtained worldwide rights from the University and Dr. Rogers. Rogers won the 2005 “Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge” from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his work with Ionic Liquids and cellulose. Mari Signum is run by CEO, John P. Keyes.
Mari Signum’s John Keyes has a deep-seated and active interest in the environment, the oceans, and how technology can lead to more efficient and sustainable protein and healthcare sources, and is a board member for IFCNR. Mari Signum – MidAtlantic is one of the companies that supports IFCNR financially as they stand by IFCNR’s mission to always share and promote the unbiased truth on any matter at hand.
EPA’s “Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards” were created in 1996 to promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use.
EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention sponsors the “Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards” in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Instituteas well as members of the chemical community including industry, trade associations, academic institutions, and other government agencies. The 2018 program is the lone exception as it was hosted by the ACS and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute.
The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge has significantly reduced the hazards associated with designing, manufacturing, and using chemicals.
The concept of green chemistry is a natural progression developed in the business and regulatory communities seeking pollution prevention initiatives. The growing 20thCentury dependence upon chemical-based products resulted in some with serious, negative consequences for the environment and human health. Pollution became present in many of the world’s waterways and changes in atmospheric composition from pollution threatened forest health. Some chemicals incommon use were suspected of causing or were directly linked to human cancer and other adverse human health outcomes. Governments began to regulate the generation and disposal of industrial wastes and emissions. In 1970, the United States formed the Environmental Protection Agency and charged it with protecting human and environmental health by setting and enforcing environmental regulations.
Green Chemistry is the national and worldwide mandate asking chemists and engineers to design chemicals, chemical processes, and commercial products in a way that, at the very least, avoids the creation of toxins and waste. The principles of Green Chemistry are designed to protect and benefit the economy, people, and the planet by finding creative and innovative ways to reduce waste, conserve energy, and discover replacements for hazardous substances.
Mari Signum – MidAtlantic is a member of the Global Blue Technologies family of companies dedicated to helping humanity and the environment by demonstrating and putting into effect innovative technologies that benefit humans and the environment alike through strict adherence to the “Triple Bottom Line” principles of environmental stewardship, social equity, and ethical capitalism.