Norjohn Limited Recognized for Environmental Excellence

The Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement, leadership and innovation in environmental protection.
“This award recognizes home-grown environmental achievement here in Ontario. Commitments to environmental excellence benefit all of us today and for future generations. This award showcases the commitment and innovation that make Ontario an environmental leader internationally,” said Ontario Environment Minister, John Wilkinson.

Norjohn Limited Recognized for Environmental ExcellenceThis year, the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence focused on environmental achievement in two areas:

1. Toxics reduction
2. Water protection and conservation

Winners were chosen in the categories of small business; large business; individual; non-governmental organization; and community.  Recognition recipients were chosen in the categories of small business; large business; individual; non-governmental organization; institution; and community.

Norjohn Limited was a 2011 recognition recipient in the small business category.

Norjohn Limited produces a variety of chemicals used in everything from making asphalt to fibreglass.

The Burlington-based business conducted extensive research to reduce the use of formaldehyde in their products. Formaldehyde is a highly toxic substance linked to cancer.

Norjohn Limited created a vegetable oil based product that worked as a dust suppressant for their fibreglass industry customers. They also came up with a wax emulsion from bio-based oils to provide water resistance for gypsum board manufacturers.

The work was done in partnership with McMaster University and the Southwestern Ontario Bioproducts Innovation Network.

The group aimed to create chemicals that are made from renewable resources, could be sourced locally and that did not require petroleum. Currently they hold several patents for their eco friendly products.

In 2007 Norjohn Limited used almost 6,000 kilograms of formaldehyde in their products. Today they use none.

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