Thirty-two new soy-based products hit the market in 2010, thanks in part to the United Soybean Board (USB), which provides funding to industrial partners to research, develop and commercialize products containing soy.
“New uses for soy and new soy-based products mean increasing demand for U.S. soybeans,” says Bob Haselwood, chair of the USB New Uses program and a soybean farmer from Berryton, Kan.
USB works to advance sustainability in part by developing and promoting soy-based products, many of which use soy as a replacement for petroleum-based chemicals, giving them a renewable, environmentally friendly source material.
“So many soy-based products replace petroleum-based chemicals,” says Haselwood. “Soybeans represent a renewable resource. We grow soybeans every year, so they are a renewable feedstock.”
Industrial partners of USB continue to produce an assortment of soy-based products without impacting the world’s food supply. Even with increasing industrial uses of soy, the food industry uses more than 70 percent of the U.S. supply of soybean oil. In addition, oil makes up just 18 percent of a soybean while the remainder consists of protein-rich meal, which goes to feed humans and animals alike across the globe. So soybeans can be used to help feed the world and help replace many petroleum-based chemicals in industrial products. A USB study found that industrial demand for soybean oil for such things as biodiesel and soy-based products increases the supply of soybean meal, which can be used to produce more food.
USB continues to look for industry partners with ideas for new products and technologies that will grow demand for U.S. soy.
“As industries look for more renewable resources, and learn more about new ways to use soy, we will see larger percentages of soy used in new products, and more new products using renewable soy technologies,” says Haselwood.
The new soy-based products introduced in 2010 as a result of soybean checkoff support include:
Soyol -Soy polyol armrests from Lear for Hyundai/Kia Motors
Soyol -Soy polyol used as elastomeric gaskets for heating, ventilation and air conditioning units (HVAC) from Diversified Chemical Technologies for Honda and Mercedes
Envirez C 15580 Resin - soy and recycle containing products for casting applications to produce building products such as decorative panels and tiles from Ashland
Envirez - soy polyol used as a polyurethane elastomer potting compound for an end cap industrial filter from MCP Industries Inc.
Ecopath -an entryway matting from ECS Corp using a polyurethane backing containing Agrol soy polyol from Biobased Technologies Inc.
Soyad -Soy flour containing CARB II compliant adhesives for particleboard and medium density fiberboard for interior applications from Ashland Inc.
Soythane -soy-based sealant from Bondaflex Technologies
Multibond MX 100, MX-200 -CARB compliant soy-based adhesives for hardwood plywood from Franklin Adhesives and Polymers
ProSoyBond -soy/phenol formaldehyde adhesive for oriented strand board from Prometheus
Hybrid Roofing System -a multi-layer “built-up-roof” replacement for flat commercial roofs that incorporates two soy-based adhesives plus a soy-based coating component from Green Products LLC and Niemann Labs
Pro Classic - expansion of new soy coatings for smooth enamel finishes for trim and doors and interior waterborne alkyd semi gloss systems from Sherwin-Williams
ProMar 200 -introduction of new soy hybrid paint as an interior water based soy acrylic alkyd-from Sherwin-Williams
Albecor-Bio -soy-based powder coating resin for standard and low temperature cure on metal from Hexion Europe
Varathane -soy water based stain for professional contractors from Rust-Oleum
Varathane - soy oil modified acrylic water based stains from Rust-Oleum
Ultimate Poly - soy/acrylic stain from Rust-Oleum
Bullseye -soy methyl ester furniture stripper from Zinsser/Rust-Oleum
HS Ecotech - soy-based process ink from INX
Soy Coat - soy-based top coat for inks from INX
ReplayTM -pavement restorer – and soy-based asphalt cement from BioSpan Technologies
ActivateTM -soy-based asphalt millings restorer from BioSpan Technologies
Bioclens -Soy-based roller and brush cleaner from Schwartz Chemical
Z-Works - soy penetrating lubricant from Zep Inc.
Whisk Power 290 -soy waterless hand cleaner fromWhisk Products
Soyl-Away-soy-based solvent degreaser from CPC Aeroscience
Natra-Lube -soy-based organic penetrating oil from CPC Aeroscience
Cleaner - Soy-based stainless steel cleaner and polisher from Earth Friendly Products
ECOS - liquid laundry detergent contains soy-based fabric softener fromEarth Friendly Products
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EOSTM 598 -emulsified soybean oil emulsion products from EOS Remediation
EOSTM 598 B42 -emulsified soybean oil emulsion products from EOS Remediation
EOSTM 450 -emulsified soybean oil emulsion products from EOS Remediation
USB is made up of 69 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.